Family Bible and census.
- From: "confusedcom" <confusedcom@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 18:18:58 +0100
I have a family Bible handed down from my great great grandfather. I am
trying to trace the family history. Not just names but more occupations and
other stuff as I have a general interest in social history.
My grandfather was name Chattin. Its an unusual(ish) name. According to my
family oral tradition they all lievd in a stones throw of Dudley ( netherton
, cradley area) all their lives. My grand father was a Canal boatman. I
believe his father was too and his father before him.
My grandfather was William. His father was John and his father was
Issachia. William married Ethel. John married Jane . Issachia married
Except that is when it comes to the census apparently where they do not seem
to exist. There is a Chatten and I might be tempted to go with Chatten if it
were not for the fact John's dad is another John ( not Issachia) and his mum
is Sarah ( not Susannah). There is a brother listed as Henry with a family -
butnone of the family members match my names in my Bible.
I have a dilemma either the census online is a bit iffy or my family didnt
know their own names and couldnt spell the family surname. This is a big
problem since I have names my Son ( carrying the Chattin name) Isaac ( after
Issachia - well Issachia was a bit much but the name goes on) and wanted him
to have a full list of names in that Bible.
Is the census often wrong? How can you proceed when you cannot be sure.
Original birth certs are unavailable. John died in WW1 as did Henry.
William was 12 and he and family moved in with grandma. All certs seem to
have gone missing.
I have a similar problem with the other side of my family. A channel Is.
name. Again , they dont exist unless there is a real mis spelling - Le
Tusler ( Letissier?) is a possible, but how do I know?
How do I know I have the right families?
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