A Nest Full of Cuckoos

Ginny MILOW emerged in the summer of 1898. Before that year was over, her older sister, Edith Mary, died aged four. Ginny grew up an only child.

Ginny and her mother, c. 1900, courtesy Martin Douglas

On the Shared Tree, her circumstances are very different.

When Thomas Milow of Seamer filled out the 1911 census form, he declared that his wife Jane had given birth to eleven children in 23 years – and six had died.  

Richard Milow is almost certainly Tom’s brother. At the 1881 census, 6 years separate them in the Seamer household of Richard senior and Mary. Young Richard, 16, is a cordwainer’s apprentice and Tom, 22,  an agricultural labourer.

In Filey in 1911, Ginny’s father writes –

I can’t explain why he adds ten years to his age – or why a contributor to the Shared Tree gives him his brother’s children.

Landscape 151 · Primrose Valley

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