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ARE THEY THE SAME PEOPLE?You very kindly helped me some time ago in my family history research and I wonder if I could ask for your help once again. My great-grandparents, John Henry BENNETT and Maud Mary BAGLEY, were married on 23rd May 1893 at the Wesleyan Chapel, City Road, Stretford (I have their original marriage certificate). From this I calculated that John Henry was born about 1865, and as the family believed he was born in Crewe I located a birth for him on 10th March 1865 in Nantwich, Cheshire. I then hopefully located the marriage of my great-great-grandparents, Joseph BENNETT and Elizabeth LAWRENSON, who married on 10th August 1856 at St Nicholas’ Church, Liverpool. After looking at both these certificates, I noticed Elizabeth was unable to sign her name on her son’s birth certificate but did so on her marriage certificate. Should this be causing me concern? Consulting the 1871 census for Crewe, I found what I hoped were my BENNETT family at Nantwich Road. Two very unusual names are listed: ‘Blinkster’ and ‘Cadnee Thomas’. After consulting the original documents I cannot see how anyone could have come up with these names as they are so difficult to read. I then looked at the 1881 census, where I now found them on Edleston Road, but these two particular names are not listed (though I do appreciate they may have been away from home on census night). There is an Edward Thomas listed whose age ties in with Cadnee’s. Do you think these are one and the same person, and Cadnee was some sort of ‘nickname’ for Edward? Or do you think they are two completely different families?
Mrs Chiquita Sunley
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