The Two Elizas

Eliza HOW gave birth to ten children between 1835 and 1858 and she is clearly identified in eight of the nine registrations. (Thomas arrived too early for civil registration and her surname in the GRO Index for Joseph, in 1850, is “STOW”.) The ninth arrival, Henry, married Sarah Mary CHAPMAN in 1876 and the fourth of their daughters, Martha, connected Hertfordshire to Yorkshire when she married Robert Frederick COGILL in 1905.

I had to create records on FamilySearch Tree for both Robert and Martha in order to add the photograph of their St Oswald’s headstone as a “memory”. In the post Guesswork Wives a week ago I mentioned that  Eliza How’s husband Jacob CHILD is also hitched to Eliza HITINS on FST. I haven’t been able to find a source that identifies this other wife by her maiden surname but I cannot remove her without the blessing of CHILD descendants who have contributed to the pedigree.

For now, Robert’s wife Martha is a granddaughter of Eliza Hitins. And Martha’s father, Henry, as the son of Eliza HOW, is still without a wife and children. It would appear to be a simple matter to merge Henry’s duplicate IDs but it could create difficulties for those contributors for whom Eliza Hitins is still accepted as “theirs”.

The good news, though, is that giving Robert’s father an ID, and a wife who was already on FamilySearch Tree, boosted the COGILL pedigree back to the early years of the 17th century through the NELLIST and GREENLEY families.