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WHY DID THEIR NAME CHANGE?I have a question that I would like an opinion on regarding a surname that has been puzzling me for some time. Sarah BLAKE married Joseph SALIS at Otham near Maidstone on 5th September 1832. Sarah is my great-great-aunt. Their children were baptised at All Saints, Maidstone, with the surname SALIS, as were the children of John, Joseph’s brother. Both men were in the army: when Joseph’s son, Henry Norman SALIS, was baptised on 12th April 1835, Joseph was a sergeant in the 13th Light Dragoons; on the 1841 census of Maidstone Barracks, Joseph is a commissioned officer. He was a sergeant major when his son William was baptised that year. The mystery starts in 1843 when Matilda Anna DE SALIS is born to Joseph and Sarah in Cape of Good Hope. The added ‘De’ appears to every child born to the couple after that. In 1871, Sarah is a widow living in Hadlow Road, Tonbridge, Kent, as an army major’s widow – I understand Joseph died on 25th December 1863 in South Africa or Hale, Surrey, and Sarah returned home to England. Joseph was born in Bristol in 1811 and was the son of William and Jane SALIS. Please can you give me some advice on how to search for more on Joseph? Furthermore, why would this name have the ‘De’ added? Could the family be in some way connected to the DE SALIS family in Switzerland or Sligo in Ireland?
Mrs Celia Cole
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