It's not very often I find a new surname and can insert it into my family tree. So I was delighted to search through findmypast.com and find the marriage of my gggg grandparents: John DUNSTONE and Ann POPHAM on 19 May 1802.
Unfortunately, there were several John DUNSTONEs who married an Ann - and the reason I chose Ann POPHAM? Because for years, I have had their children listed, and the fifth child (and fourth daughter) was christened Elizabeth Popham DUNSTONE. I always wondered why, even when I had been shown throughout other family lines that children were often given their mother's maiden name as either their middle name, or their first name! But I just didn't realise it with Elizabeth and her mother, Ann. I felt like one of those cartoon characters who gets hit on the head with an ENORMOUS wooden mallet. Shame I didn't pay attention to the genealogical mallet earlier...
In fact, I had already searched findmypast for the marriage. But, because John came from Cornwall, and the 1851 census said that Ann was also born in Cornwall, I only looked at the marriages that took place in Cornwall. They were married in Devon, in the nearby parish of Revelstoke. I wonder why? That's what a new surname will do for you - send you off on another quest.
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