Doubting Another Thomas

I happened upon a Shared Tree mix-up a few days ago and it has taken a lot of source searching to resolve.

Thomas, son of Thompson, had been married off to the wrong woman. This situation seems to have been allowed to stand for a few years and, as this Thomas had no sources attached to him, I made some changes. You will now find Rose Hannah’s children with a different father.

If enough living representatives of the families SAWDEN and SAWDON were to be DNA tested it might be found that they are quite distinct lineages. In the imperfect world we inhabit, the variant spellings are haphazardly applied. “Screenshot Thomas” married Florence SAWDON (Free BMD). She had two daughters and the GRO Index entries both give “Sawdon” as the Mother’s Maiden Surname.

Florence signed her name in the St Mary’s register –

The witnesses were siblings of Thomas. The full entry gives us their father’s name.

If you look for Thomas in FamilySearch Sources you will be given this –

Look further down the list and you will see the other Thomas tied to Rose Hannah – and with parents Thomas and Ann, not Thompson and Rachel.  (The illustration below is generated by a search for Thomas born in Towthorpe and three of the children listed in the top hit have the family name SODON in the GRO Births Index. Thomas is clearly a Sawdon in the Wetwang cum Fimber baptism register. On 21 April 1867, the family was resident at Dale Cottages, Wharram Percy. Towthorpe is mid-way between this village and Wetwang.)

Florence is buried in St Oswald’s churchyard and the inscription remembers her first child, Pearl.

Townscape 61 · Crescent Gardens

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