My 3x grandfather was born c. 1841 in Stockport, Cheshire under the name of Cornelius Stott. In 1860, he married Nancy Lowe and they presumably had children together.
The last record of him that I can find is from 1860-1868. I cannot find him under this name ever again from where I've looked so far (newspapers, censuses, etc.). It's like he just disappeared.
The next time he appears, it is under the new name of Charles Saunders in 1884, when he marries Sarah Jane Raithby, a 21-year-old woman who had herself come down to Croydon from Lincolnshire, and from what I can tell, without her family. They settled down together and had several children - including my 2x grandmother. He died in Croydon in 1917.
I wonder what happened to him in the 16-24 years that he was gone from all records I have found so far? I guess he could have used another name during this time, or something completely different to what I'm suspecting. Might there another way to discover what he was doing during his absent years?