Can anyone read this name?

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I’ve been going through the family history documents in my possession, adding sources for the profiles I’ve added. Most of the handwritten names are relatively easy to decipher, but this one is giving me quite a bit of trouble. Does anyone think they can be confident enough to either rename the profile or advise me to do so?

Specifically, the issue is the maiden name. The rest is fairly clearly (from context if nothing else) “Ann Baker formerly”. The maiden name could be Leigh, but there appears to be a sixth letter after the “h” which I can’t decipher, and the first letter could also be something other than “L”.

The photo is available in a higher resolution (probably too high a resolution, but you can obviously zoom as much or as little as you need to) at the linked profile.

WikiTree profile: Ann Baker
in Genealogy Help by Matthew Cutler G2G3 (3.6k points)

6 Answers

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Best answer

It's Ann Light and here's her birth record:

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JSFB-LMQ : accessed 3 March 2016), Ann Light, 27 Aug 1815; citing Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England, reference yr 1813-1854 p 11; FHL microfilm 6,115,382

Here's Ann in the 1851 census. The image actually indicates a birthplace of White parish [sic], Wiltshire.

"England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKVV-1BSB : accessed 3 March 2016), Ann Baker in household of William Baker, Hammersmith, Middlesex, England; citing Hammersmith, Middlesex, England, p. 49, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey

I spent some time looking for Frances but sadly she died aged 3 in 1849: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?cite=mTw%2BzCKeOnL01BReRPqOsQ&scan=1

by Matthew Fletcher G2G6 Pilot (109k points)
selected by Matthew Cutler
Well, I can’t fault this thorough identification. Seems I have some misinformation to clear up on my tree; looks like the Frances Baker whose birth record I have can’t be the same Frances Baker who married John James Cutler.
I agree that her surname is Light. My grandmother wrote her script "L" in a similar fashion. The ending letter is a style of the letter "t" that I've seen before also.
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Looks like an L with a comma after it, same as the previous block with |Baker,|  ending with a comma..  that's my take on it.
by D Z G2G6 Mach 1 (15.4k points)
Tough, I am not sure though if what you are calling an L isn't part of the downward stroke of F of the formerly.
+3 votes
I see Leighh or Leigkh or Leight.  Leigh would be a fairly common name.
by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (563k points)
+5 votes
Ann Baker formerly Leigh
by Anonymous Bowling G2G6 Mach 5 (59.6k points)
+4 votes
I see it as Light
by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (217k points)
+2 votes
It could be a HH at the end,this is common for people to use doubles in

there name.Like Hellen would later be seen as Helen.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (917k points)

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