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CAN YOU UNRAVEL MY COMPLEX PUZZLE?I am hoping you may be able to take a fresh look at ways of resolving the brick wall I seem to have come to while researching my mother’s ancestors in the 20th century. The facts are: my mother’s birth certificate shows she was born Violet Doris WARLOW on 23rd October 1918 at 51 Albert Street, Islington. Her mother was Hetty WARLOW (formerly RANDLE) and her father Joseph WARLOW, a boot and shoe repairer (journeyman). The informant of the birth was Amelia GRAVESTOCK. My late mother always told me that her mother died when she was 12 (so in 1930/31) and her father when she was 17 (1935/36) and that she had a brother and sister, one of whom was ten years older. Unfortunately she never mentioned their names or which one was the older. Research sources to date have included the electoral registers; the 1918 register for 51 Albert Street shows only Alfred James and Amelia GRAVESTOCK (residence and occupation) and Laura Harriet WARLOW (occupation). In 1919 the entry is the same, but in 1920 Joseph WARLOW is shown along with Laura Harriet and the GRAVESTOCKs. Registers in 1921 and 1922 have the same entries as 1920, but in 1923 a Clara RANDALL and a Rebecca WARLOW are also listed. These entries continue for 1924 and 1925 but in 1926 there are no entries for WARLOW. As I understand at this time, women had to be over 30 to have the right to vote; this means Laura Harriet (I assume she is the ‘Hetty’ on my mother’s birth certificate) was born before 1888. If Clara is a relation, it looks as though ‘RANDLE’ should be spelled ‘RANDALL’. I have been unable to find a death certificate for a Laura Harriet WARLOW in the years around 1930/31 or for Joseph WARLOW in 1935/36. There is a death certificate for a Harriett Laura WARLOW who died aged 47 at 48 Vanbrugh Hill, Greenwich, on 27th February 1931. Harriett is described as the widow of Charles Edward WARLOW, a shoemaker (journeyman). Harriett is shown as having been living with her married daughter I B REID at 10 Cranfield Road, Brockley, SE4. I assume this to be the Ivy Blanche WARLOW born on 5th August 1908 at 46 Tournay Road, Fulham. Her mother is shown as Laura Harriet WARLOW and no father is shown on the certificate, so presumably Laura was not married. Laura is shown as a housekeeper (domestic). Ivy married in 1928. Also, there is a birth record for a Laura Harriet WARLOW in 1884 (Chelsea). In searching for my mother’s brother I have a birth certificate for Charles Thomas William WARLOW, born on 13th May 1910 at 885 Fulham Road, Fulham. The mother is Laura Hetty WARLOW, formerly RANDALL, and the father is Thomas William WARLOW (tobacconist’s assistant). I have been unable to find a marriage certificate for WARLOW/RANDLE or RANDALL, so am now wondering if the relationship was a common law one. The 1891 and 1901 censuses also do not help very much as I have insufficient information to pinpoint entries. I wonder if it would be worth consulting the electoral registers for Tournay Road in 1908, Fulham Road in 1910, Cranfield Road and Vanbrugh Hill in 1930 to see who was registered at these addresses? As neither of my mother’s parents registered her birth, I have wondered if, when asked for the father’s name, Amelia GRAVESTOCK thought the registrar meant Hetty’s father, not the baby’s father, so Joseph could refer to a RANDALL, not a WARLOW. However, now Joseph appears on the electoral register I feel I have to discount this option. I would like to think that Ivy’s mother and Charles’ mother is the same person, but I feel there are too many uncertainties to be sure of this. Was the Harriett Laura who died in Greenwich also the same person? The year of death certainly ties in with what my mother told me. Are there two Laura Harriet WARLOWs, one by birth and one by marriage? I would really appreciate your suggestions as to which way I should now take my research as I seem to be getting bogged down in WARLOWs and RANDALLs, and have been unable to take this research back further without knowing for certain who I should be researching.
Mrs S A Wicker
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