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How many surnames can one person have???


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Introducing my relation Emily Nutt/Parker/Gray/Rich/Hammett :eek:

This saga is longer than War and Peace - and a virtual pint to anyone who can follow this....... :biggrin:

Emily RITCH (born 1874 Northampton) marries George Henry Parker in Q3 1890Northampton.

I have a birth certificate for one of their daughters - Dora Parker born 8th January 1893, Mother is Emily PARKER formerly RICH.

George Henry Parker dies.

Emily PARKER, widow, marries Arthur Nutt in 1895. Emily's father given as WILLIAM HENRY HAMMETT, Occupation Shoe Laster.

I have a birth certificate for Arthur and Emily's daughter Agnes, Mother is Emily NUTT Late PARKER formerly RICH.

Still with me - it gets worse.......:eek:

No birth record for a Emily RITCH/VARIANT that I can find but there is a birth registration for an Emily HAMMETT, 1874 Q2 Northampton 3b 83

I presume this census below could be Emily with Father William Henry.

1881 census for 11 Brier Court, Northampton

Wm.H. Hammett 37 born Middlesex, Finsbury.
Sarah J. Hammett 29 born Sussex, Southwick
Francis E. Hammett 11
Harry Hammett 9
.........Emily L. Hammett 7
Agnes E. Hammett 5
Wm. Hammett 2
Sidney Hammett
Class: RG11; Piece: 1544; Folio: 48; Page: 16

By 1891 Emily RITCH? has married George Henry Parker. No George Henry Parker and Emily on census but....

1891 :confused:

91 Overstone Road, Northamptonshire
George H GRAY 57 Head
Emily GRAY 17 (alias RICH/HAMMETT/PARKER Eventually NUTT)
Agnes RICH 15 Sister in Law
Class: RG12; Piece: 1198; Folio 135; Page 8

Can anyone make sense of this - I cannot seem to find the origins of William Henry Hammett, when did he marry? Why did Emily use the name Rich? why did the Parkers use the name Gray? Who and where did George Parker/Gray come from....

Any help or comments appreciated.


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