Superdad?

I ended Friday’s post with a 1901 census screenshot of “wrong” Elizabeth STORK as Mrs WESTFIELD. The only birth record I had found that was a reasonable fit for her gave the mother’s maiden surname as ULLIOT. It didn’t take long to figure that this woman was not the mother of the future Mrs Westfield. Here is the birth registration of the besmircher of little Elizabeth Stork’s memory.

STOCK (sic), Elizabeth, Mother’s Maiden Surname: MAINPRIZE. GRO Reference: 1845 J Quarter in BRIDLINGTON Volume 23 Page 21

In most other readily available sources this Elizabeth’s calculated birth year is 1851. There is a record showing that she was baptised at the age of two that goes part way to explaining the six year discrepancy.

Elizabeth, daughter of William Stork and Frances “Fanny” Mainprize, already has a place on Filey Genealogy & Connections, but the information about her maternal grandparents there is minimal. I had to do more work to establish that, in reality, grandfather Leonard Mainprize was born in Flamborough in 1785. In a corner of the Shared Tree he is almost a quarter of a century older. And this fellow married twice and appears to have fathered seventeen children. I have put the two families together –

“Wrong” Elizabeth’s mother is child 8 on the right.

That John Mainprize should have been born in 1807 to both Mary Morris and Frances Vickerman is only one indication that all is not well here.

Leonard is apparently sixty-seven years old when his last child, Mary, is born. In 1851 she is described in the Census as a “house servant”, 23 and unmarried, living in Flamborough with her widower father. His given age is 65, not 90.

One of the FamilySearch Genealogies, from a partner site (MyTrees.com), has a firmer grip on reality.

If this mess on the Shared Tree can be cleared up, the relationship between the two Leonards may become clear – and little Elizabeth Stork can sleep in peace eternally when “wrong” Elizabeth is laid to rest in the right place and at the right time.

(I have just had a quick look online and the FamilySearch Shared Tree has been calculated to be 98% accurate.)

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