Eliza YARDLEY came from Dublin, Ireland in about 1803. For over 20 years she was housekeeper to my ggg grandfather, Adam BUCKINGHAM, and appears in the censuses as such. Yet, there was never a mention of a Mr YARDLEY, and small children kept appearing. Adam and Eliza got married in 1869 (why have the children first, and *then* get married?) when the youngest child was in her early 20s, and Eliza died in 1876, with Adam following a year later.
This has provided me with somewhat of a mystery. Were the small children a result of Eliza doing more than housekeeping for Adam? Did Eliza really come from Ireland? (another census says she came from Foleshill in Warwickshire, where she was living, and there are YARDLEYs who come from Foleshill, so perhaps she was a part of them?). Hmmm. I feel more certificates coming on...
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