Yes I think so, but in a way this blog is my way of getting my family and friends, or even other family history enthusiasts to look at the evidence I’ve found and help me decide. I’d love any feedback via the contact page or in the Comment/Reply box below.
I decided to try and find Fanny by simply looking for all the Fanny/Frances Yates who seemed the appropriate age to have had an illegitimate child in 1845. I was obviously looking for a woman with some sort of connection to my own family. I found a few possibilities in the censuses of 1851 and 1861 but none were living with a child named Edward and none, to my knowledge at that time, were connected to my family. I should also mention at this stage that I couldn’t find any records of Edward Cavendish Yates in these years either.
In the end I chose the most likely Fanny Yates from the 1861 census to investigate further. She was living in a house with a group of people with three other surnames, Christie, Smart and Tilling.
1861 England Census Record for Fanny Yates. London, Chelsea South.
Source Citation: Class: RG 9; Piece: 31; Folio: 4; Page: 4; GSU roll: 542560.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1871. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England. The National Archives gives no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/32129888/person/18189594630/fact/62493407657/media/1?pg=32771&pgpl=pid
1861 – 29 Manor Street, Chelsea, Middlesex, England
There are 4 separate households listed as residents in the same property:
- Head – William Christie, Unmarried, 24, Shopman at a Bazaar. Brother – Frederick Christie, Unmarried, Bookbinder.
- Lodger – Fanny Yates, Unmarried, 28, Dressmaker.
- Lodger – Lucy Smart, Widowed, 78, Funded Proprietor.
- Head – Ann Tilling, Widowed, 69, House Proprietor. Daughter – Sarah Tilling, Unmarried, 36.
I created yet another of my many family trees on Ancestry to see if any of these people were related to Fanny.
They weren’t in 1861, but they were by 1873 when Fanny’s son, Edward Cavendish Yates, married Priscilla Jane Mecham!
Marriage Certificate of Edward Cavendish Yates and Priscilla Jane Mecham
The relationship between Priscilla Jane Mecham, Ann Tilling and Lucy Smart:
Priscilla Jane Mecham‘s first cousin was Julia Bowden. Julia Bowden’s husband was George Tilling. George Tilling’s great uncle was William Tilling and his wife was Ann Tilling née Read.
Lucy Smart was the aunt of Priscilla Jane Mecham‘s grandmother.
I think that’s enough excitement for one blog so I’ll leave you with a little moving gallery of more records I found for Fanny. I’ll explain them next time.
I’ve also added images of records described in this blog to the right column of the page. Clicking on them will bring up the image and magnifier.
Lastly, did anyone notice that our illegitimate Edward Cavendish Yates’ marriage certificate records a gentleman, Edward Yates, as his father?