My Henry Sherwin (Sherwin-289) appears single in the 1841 census in Kent, but by 1851 is a widower with 2 sons.
In the meantime, he also had a daughter, Minerva Ann, (Sherwin-499) christened to Henry and Isabella Ann in 1843. She does not show up in the GRO births, but does appear when she died in 1845. Presumably he married Isabella Ann between 1841 and 1843, but I can't find a marriage for them.
The two sons were born ca 1845 and 1848. Neither turn up in the GRO records, nor have I found christenings for them. The elder one likely dies, as he disappears from view after his one appearance in the 1851 census. But there's no death record. (The other is my gg grandfather.) There's also no death record for an Isabella Ann Sherwin between ca 1848 when Frederick was born and 1851 when Henry appears as a widower.
It occurred to me today to search for a suitable Isabella Ann in Kent born about the same time as her husband. That's when it got even more confusing. A very suitable candidate was christened in 1811 in Woolwich, where Henry's first two children were born. But she was christened twice, both times in the Scotch church in Woolwich, with identical birth and christening dates, but under two different surnames McWeir and McEwen (see Isabella Ann Unknown-417636). And can't be found under either in 1841! Nor can I find either of her putative parents, Ewen McEwen (or McWeir) or Margaret ditto.
Lots of puzzles to be unravelled. Was there a marriage between Henry and Isabella Ann? Is it just mistranscribed? Where are the GRO birth registrations for Henry, Frederick and Minerva Ann? Were Henry and Frederick christened? Did Henry Jr. die (he never appears after 1851) and if so, where is the death? And if Isabella Ann died between 1848 and 1851, where is the death record? And if she was Isabella Ann McWeir or McEwen, where was she in 1841?
Any help would be most appreciated!