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22/11/2019 11:40:03

Karen
Karen
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Hello
Can anyone solve a problem.seth cook married Lydia senior 1874. On the 1881 census they were named cook. On 1891, 1901 and 1911 census they were senior. Their daughter Beatrice born 1876 was named cook Senior all other children born before and after Beatrice were seniors. Very perplexing. Any advice or help appreciated thank you.
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24/11/2019 17:20:37

John
John
Posts: 162
Hello Karen,

The only child older than Beatrice was Lydia Senior's illegitimate daughter Emma, born in 1869; five years before Lydia and Seth married. Thus her surname at birth was Senior, not Cook. (In the 1881 Census, she was three doors away in the household of Lydia's parents John and Susannah.)

But it does't end there.

Seth, whose birth was registered in Q1 of 1846, was the illegitimate son of Sarah Senior who married Walker Cook in Q3 of the same year. Thus his surname at birth was also Senior!

So although as a child Seth assumed the surname of his mother's husband, it seems he later had trouble deciding what family name to use: Cook, Senior or Cook Senior.

All four of his and Lydia's children were baptised with the surname Cook(e), however.

John.
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06/12/2019 13:43:12

Karen
Karen
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Thank you very much for this John. It is very much appreciated.
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