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Trying to find Benjamin Tubess

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Dee Report 30 May 2011 20:05

Actually, looking back at my notes and alI the census records with the various spellings of Tubess I had found the 1871 with Benjamin and Mary but had discounted it at the time because it put Mary as being born in Middlesex.
There is no way I could have got to this stage without everyones input. I am not very good at lateral thinking so I'm not sure I would have found all the collateral evidence. Hopefully I will get better at piecing together little snippets of information here and there as the years go by.


ChristinaS Report 30 May 2011 20:19

If it doesn't mention an X, that means she did sign her name. But, unfortunately, the GRO have sent you a copy which they've written out themselves instead of a photocopy of the original.

I wish they wouldn't do that as it's so handy to have the original signatures, plus they sometimes put down the wrong information. They did that for my gt.grandparents which sent me off on the wrong track for years. It wasn't until I saw the original on Ancestry that I realised their mistake.


Dee Report 30 May 2011 20:36

Thanks Chrstina,
Mel has a copy of the certificate so I have asked her to take a look. If I contact the GRO would they send me a copy of the original certificate?


Nickydownsouth Report 30 May 2011 20:43

Heres Marys 2 brothers in 1871...

ANSELL, Benjamin Head M 21 1850 Essex VIEW
ANSELL, Frances S Wife F 20 1851 Lincolnshire VIEW
ANSELL, Alice S Daughter F 0 1871 Essex VIEW
ANSELL, Robert Brother M 16 1855 Essex VIEW


RG number:
RG10 Piece:
1631 Folio:
44 Page:

Registration District:
West Ham Sub District:
West Ham Enumeration District:
15 Ecclesiastical Parish:

Civil Parish:
West Ham Municipal Borough:
Shirley Street, West Ham County:



Dee Report 30 May 2011 22:08

Something is nagging at me. Would'nt Mary have been slightly worried that John Tubbs might find out if she had married George bigamously? She must have been quite brazen about it to have spent three weeks waiting for the banns to be called.


Nickydownsouth Report 30 May 2011 22:27

George and marys weding took place in Croydon...she had lived with John William Tubbs in the Westminster area...what distance is that 10 miles maybe?.....

Communications /Newspapers/no Telephones etc etc wern`t what they are today...i`d imagine you could go and live in the next town and people may not know where you were....



ChristinaS Report 30 May 2011 22:41

Bigamy was surprisingly common at that time, due to it being almost impossible to obtain a divorce.

I don't know if you can ask the GRO to send a copy of the original certificate. I've not tried.

I'm not sure if the London Metropolitan Archives hold the records for Croydon now. They might have the original on microfilm. You could try ringing them on 020 7332 3820


Mary Report 31 May 2011 09:41

1911 census is signed by Mary Scivier.

Have you got a copy,if not PM me your e.mail and I will send it to you.



Dee Report 31 May 2011 10:46

Thanks girls,
Thanks for the info on the Metrolpolitan Archives. They re-redirected me to the Surrey History Centre. Their phone line is extremely busy and I haven't been able to get through yet. I have also been trying the GRO but they are not taking calls either. Will let you know when I do.
I'm wondering if perhaps Mary said she couldn't read or write when it was time to sign the register? Got the 1911 thanks Mary.


Dee Report 31 May 2011 11:32

Just got off the phone. Finally got directed to the right registrars office which was the London Borough of Bromley. Spoke to a lovely lady who is going to check the records. Will keep you posted.


ChristinaS Report 31 May 2011 12:19

I don't think the signatures on the 1911 census and the first marriage certificate are conclusively the same Mary or not, allowing for a 37 year gap between them. What does anyone else think?

1911 census - Mary Scivier b. 1851 - living Wandsworth with husband, George, and children,, William, Frederick and Ellen.

1874 marriage in Paddington (covered by Ancestry's London Marriages) between John Tubbs and Mary Ansell (transcribed by Ancestry as Ausell)


ChristinaS Report 31 May 2011 13:10

Just nudging this up in the hope that someone will take a look


Vera Report 31 May 2011 13:29


Will have a look

Regards Vera


Maddie Report 31 May 2011 13:32

from findmypast
BMD Search result details

Civil Registration event: Marriage
Name: ANSELL, Mary
Registration District: Help Kensington
County: London
Year of Registration: 1874
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
Spouse's last name: Not available before 1912
Volume No: Help 1A
Page No: Help 368
MarriageFinderâ„¢: Mary Ansell married one of the following people Help

FARRINGTON, Harry view record

TUBB, John William view record


Vera Report 31 May 2011 13:42

It is possible they could be the same person....look how she signs her " y," with a tail. Looks like she was going to put Georges name in the signature then changed her mind ignoring the extra...look at the" M".

Of course I could be wrong.

What do you think?

Regards Vera


ChristinaS Report 31 May 2011 13:50

Thanks for looking Vera. I agree with you that the "y" is very similar, and unusual. I don't know what to think.

We're trying to check on a possible bigamous marriage here. Unfortunately, the certificate for the second marriage (sent by the GRO) isn't a copy of the original, so we don't have Mary's original signature on that.


Vera Report 31 May 2011 13:55

Very frustrating, surely the original should be somewhere. Which church was she married at, they must have the original in parish records.

Regards Vera


ChristinaS Report 31 May 2011 14:08

It was in Croydon - I don't know which church. This is Dee's thread. Her last entry is above at 11.32 I hope she hears back from Bromley with something positive.


Dee Report 31 May 2011 14:09

Hi Vera,
George and Mary were married at St. Paul's in Penge.I have spoken to someone in the records office in Bromley which covered Penge. Thanks to Christina giving me a phone number for Croydon who passed me on to Bromley district (which covered Penge) She is going to look up the record but she said that whether it would be the original church record or the same copy as I have already been given by the GRO office she could'nt say.


Vera Report 31 May 2011 14:12

Thanks Christina,
Hopefully Dee will have some good news.

Regards Vera