Margaret Velma Crossman was born on 25 August 1910 at 344 Derby St, Bolton, Lancashire, the daughter of William Thomas Crossman, a grocer, and Amy Edwards nee Byrom. Her birth was initially registered under the surname of Edwards in 1910, but then amended to Crossman on 3 December 1912, on the authority of the Register General. [Birth certificate]
Margaret was born to an illicit relationship. Her parents were both married when she was conceived. William Thomas Crossman was the husband of Florence Crossman nee Dronsfield and Amy was the wife of John Robert Edwards. On learning of her pregnancy Amy left John Edwards and he later divorced her as outlined in the newspaper article below.
In the 1911 census Amy Edwards, aged 30, was living with her parents at 10 George St, Chadderton, Lancashire.
William Thomas Crossman was living at 142 Victoria Rd, Swindon, Wiltshire. Aged 29, he was working as an auctioneer on his own account from home. His wife and their children were still living in Chadderton.
Margaret Velma Edwards [sic] was boarding with Francis and Jane Higham at 344 Derby St, Bolton, Lancashire. She was aged 6 months.
When Margaret's birth certificate was amended in 1912 William was residing at 22 Station Rd, Stratton St Margaret [Wiltshire] and Amy at 10 George St, Chadderton.
Amy and John Edwards were divorced in 1914.
From The Manchester Evening News dated 8 April 1914, Pg 2 - OLDHAM DIVORCE CASE. To-day, in the Divorce Court, John Robert Edwards, a coal agent, of Charter-street, Oldham, was granted a decree nisi and costs against his wife, Amy Edwards, on the ground of her misconduct with William Thomas Crossman. The parties were married in August, 1901, at the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Henshaw-street, Royton. In consequence of illness respondent went to her mother’s home in 1910, and later she refused to rejoin her husband, who through the medium of the registrar at Bolton discovered his wife had given birth to a child in 1911, and that she was living with the co-respondent at Bolton. The petitioner, in his evidence, said the co-respondent had married his wife’s cousin, and was a constant visitor at his house.
Amy and Florence Crossman nee Dronsfield were indeed cousins.
Amy remarried in 1915 and William and wife Florence got back together again. Nothing further is known about Margaret.
GRO birth Indexes
EDWARDS, MARGARET VELMA Mother's maiden name BYRON
GRO Reference: 1910 D Quarter in BOLTON Volume 08C Page 352 Occasional Copy: A
CROSSMAN, MARGARET VELMA Mother's maiden name BYROM
GRO Reference: 1912 D Quarter in BOLTON Volume 08C Page 715
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