Assumption: Sin of the Researcher

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I am trying to establish the maiden name and greater detail of Martha Hedges, wife of William Hedges, mother of James, George, Eliza, Christiana, Henry and Agnes (born between 1843-1859) who died 1893.  

My research has come up with two possibles:

* Martha Heath - married 1844 - William Hedges Wantage, Berkshire;

* Martha Ambridge - married 1841 - William Hedges - Uxbridge, Middlesex.

I can assume the latter, because its in Middlesex... William originates from Middlesex - Pinner area.  1841 is before the birth of the first child (dates obtained from Census)...  How do I confirm this?   I would be interested in your views.

With best wishes

Andrew D Field
WikiTree profile: Andrew Field
in Genealogy Help by Andrew Field G2G6 Mach 3 (37.4k points)

3 Answers

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Best answer

Go to GRO Services and look up one or more of the children.  That will give you the mother's maiden name.

by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
selected by Earl Davis
Greetings Roy... So abundantly obvious and easy... the assumption is correct...  thank you for this useful tip.
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That is fairly safe to assume. You should add a footnote to the profile about the second possibility.
by George Churchill G2G6 Pilot (100k points)
Thank you George... it turned out to be a safe assumption
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Check out the Census returns to find where Martha was born.
by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (344k points)

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