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Surname WEST - Norfolk, England

Surname WEST - Norfolk, England

Posted: 11 Nov 2012 7:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 12 Nov 2012 2:41PM GMT
Surnames: West, Williams, Williamson, Boyce
Okay it is official I need some help...here is my issue in tracking my family tree..I am siding on the balance of probability and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated by anyone who is better versed and experienced in researching family trees.

My grandfather Mellvern Ernest Boyce (Toronto Canada) father is William Ernest West (born Norfolk England)- confused that he used his wifes Alice Emmeline Boyce surname, is it common to take the wifes name and in what circumstances would this happen?

I found a birth certificate of a William E. West born Nov 9, 1881 (Norfolk, England) and it notes father as Edmund West and mother as Anne Elizabeth Williams.

But my confusion starts as I can not find any information with these two - but did find a marriage of Edmund West to Anne Elizabeth Williamson (St.Stephens). Found records to suggest a son born to them in 1879 and sadly Edmund dying in 1883 at the age of 26. The is a high probability that they could have had a another son in 1881.

So could the birth certificate be missing two letters (Williams vs Williamson)...? Does anyone have any information that could assist me....

Re: Surname WEST - Norfolk, England

Posted: 12 Nov 2012 9:10PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 12 Nov 2012 10:17PM GMT
If you mean could the maiden name of a mother be lsted as Williams, when it should be Williamson, then yes, this could easily happen. In the latter part of the 1800's I don't think Registrars were too fussy, and in any event, they could only write down what they were told. Many of the people giving the information were illiterate, so if the registrar wrote Williams, it could well be that whoever registered the birth (was it the mother or, the father of the child) could not read. Question - Who registered the birth, and did they sign their name or mark a cross?

1881 census 15, Chapel St, Norwich St Stephen County: Norfolk
Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation , Disability Where Born
WEST, Edmund Head Married M 24 1857 General Labourer Norwich, Norfolk
WEST, Ann Wife Married F 22 1859 Norwich, Norfolk
WEST, Edmund Son Single M 1 1880 Norwich, Norfolk

BIRTHS
Name: WEST, Edmund
Registration district: Norwich
County: Norfolk
Year of registration: 1879
Quarter of registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
Mother's maiden name: Not available before 1911 Q3
Volume no: 4B
Page no: 162

Name: WEST, William Ernest
Registration district: Norwich
County: Norfolk
Year of registration: 1881
Quarter of registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
Mother's maiden name: Not available before 1911 Q3
Volume no: 4B
Page no: 172

DEATH
Name: WEST, Edmund
Registration district: Norwich
County: Norfolk
Year of registration: 1883
Quarter of registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
Age at death:26
Volume no: 4B
Page no: 103


William E. West did not marry Alice Emmeline Boyce in England, there is no marriage registered for these two. Did they not marry in Canada, if their child (chldren ) were born there.

Re: Surname WEST - Norfolk, England

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 12:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much for this information. I was confused as I could only find the first child (Edmund in 1879) so I was not 100% confident that they had the second child in 1881.

Again thank you for taking the time to find this information for me.
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