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    Default parents of adopted mother

    I have just found my mothers birth cert and would love to find more re her parents. her birth cert has her adopted name but has her birth parents. Isabella Maria Thornton. born 18/5/1908. south sheilds, father Harry Clark bricklayer, mother Mary Clark nee Monkhouse. hoping you can help.

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    There is this marriage registration grouping on FreeBMD:

    Marriages
    Dec 1900
    Durham Volume 10a Page 625
    Clark Harry
    House Sarah Ann
    MONKHOUSE Mary
    Smith William

    Ordering the marriage certificate will give you their ages, addresses and father's names, which may help pinpoint them on the 1901 census, and assist in determining if they were still alive for the 1911 census.

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    Do you have any idea where she was born? Is there an address for Harry & Mary Clark on the birth cert? there are just too many Clarks on the 1911/ bdm lists to check, without knowing where to look.

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    thanks adeleE and pennydog, there address was 11 moon street,south sheilds

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    Here's a possible Harry & Mary Clark on the 1901 census. It could only be narrowed down by obtaining the details on the marriage certificate:

    Robert Clark, head, married, 61, lamplighter gasworks, b. Durham City
    Hannah Clark, wife, marrieds, 60, b. ditto
    Robert Clark, son, single, 32, brickyard labourer, b. ditto
    Alfred Clark, son, single, 28, general labourer, b. ditto
    Harry Clark, son, married, 21, bricklayer, b. ditto
    Mary Clark, daughter, married, 20, b. ditto
    (does not say daughter in law)

    Address: Sidegate
    Civil parish: Framwellgate
    Registration district: Durham
    Ecclesiastical parish: St Cuthbert
    County: Durham
    RG13; Piece: 4679; Folio: 160; Page: 24
    Records Crown copyright in care of TNA

    On the 1911 census, I have found:

    Harry Clark, head, 31, married 10 years, bricklayer, b. Durham, County Durham
    Mary Clark, wife, 30, married 10 years, 4 children born, 4 still alive, b. ditto
    Evelyn Clark, daughter, 10, b. ditto
    Robert Clark, son, 7, b. ditto
    Mary Ashford Clark, daughter, 5, b. ditto
    Hannah Clark, daughter, 10 months, b. ditto

    38 Sidegate, Durham, Durham
    Last edited by AdeleE; 28-01-2010 at 1:02 AM. Reason: # of years married

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    Your mother is recorded on the 1911 census as Isabella Thornton Clark, 3 year old daughter of Mr. John Thornton, 30 year old bookstall clerk, wholesale news, working at home, b. Durham, Durham and Mrs Rebecca Thornton, 21 years old, housekeeper, b. ditto. They have been married 3 years, one child, one still living. 5 D'Arcy Street, Sunderland
    Also in the household is a 34 year old cousin Attey(?) Hall, a labourer in a shipworks, b. Durham, Durham.

    Name: Isabella Maria T Clark
    Year: 1908
    Quarter: Jun
    District: South Shields
    County: Durham, Tyne and Wear
    Volume: 10a
    Page: 974

    So her surname at birth was Clark, with one of her middle names being Thornton?

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    I dont think they ever put the surname in the child's name column - only forenames, Thornton is certainly a third name.
    If she wasn''t adopted, I can move this thread.
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    So far, it sounds like an adoption to me. She was born to Harry Clark and his wife Mary nee Monkhouse.
    She is named Isabella Maria Thornton Clark on her birth cert and on the 1911 census she is still named Isabella Thornton Clark but is the daughter of John & Rebecca Thornton.
    I'm just trying to sort out how the middle name Thornton was included on her birth certificate, if she was born a Clark, but adopted by the Thorntons
    Last edited by AdeleE; 28-01-2010 at 1:53 AM. Reason: grammar

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    Who was the informant on the birth certificate? Could the address be 11 mooR Street?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdeleE View Post
    So far, it sounds like an adoption to me. She was born to Harry Clark and his wife Mary nee Monkhouse.
    She is named Isabella Maria Thornton Clark on her birth cert and on the 1911 census she is still named Isabella Thornton Clark but is the daughter of John & Rebecca Thornton.
    I'm just trying to sort out how the middle name Thornton was included on her birth certificate, if she was born a Clark, but adopted by the Thorntons
    oops, didn't read the entire entry properly, just saw the 3 year old CLARK.
    I wonder if the Thornton was added at a later date, it would say so on the birth certifcate I suppose.
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