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Marriages - GRO Indexes

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I've been looking through the GRO indexes to try to find a marriage. I have a Mary Sharples and I believe her first husband, William died in 1876 (December qtr) and on the 1881 census, Mary is given as Mary Taylor, wife of a Thomas Taylor, although her children are still using the name Sharples.
So I'd just been looking at the GRO indexes for the marriage of Mary and Thomas between 1876 and 1881. I can find a few Mary Sharples and Thomas Taylors in the same quarters for Bolton, but as they're on different page numbers, they can't be the right marriage. Meaning I've not found them. Could it just be that they've given Thomas's surname to the enumerator? I'm also trying to figure out what was going on with Mary and her first husband, but that's definitely confusing. Ages are completely out on census returns and at one point Mary becomes Nancy.

In more recent generations, the Parents and Uncles are no help, I know from my dad and Uncle that there was Big Joe and Little Joe Sharples, but neither know how they were actually related to them. Then last night my dad throws out a completely new surname and says "we were related to them somehow as well". I'm convinced I'm never going to get anywhere with tracing my dad's side of the family.
 

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