Today's post links to three certificates that were sent to me by a lady who did some research for a Ward descendant. These certificates relate to children of Maria Garbutt (wife of James Dewson), who was the daughter of John Garbutt and Sarah Ann Ward, who was herself the sister of Frederick Ward aka Thunderbolt.
The certificates include:
- Birth Certificate of Myallas Maud Dewson (1875)
- Marriage Certificate of Frederick William Dewson (1897)
- Marriage Certificate of John Herbert Dewson (1912)
Although poor in quality (the lady who sent them, Alice Jansen, only had photocopies), they show something rather surprising. Maria's sons listed her surname as Shepherd on their own marriage certificates. Shepherd was the surname of her short-lived stepfather, William Shepherd. Why would Maria's children list her by this surname? Why would Maria's children not list her by her actual surname Garbutt, the surname Maria used at the time of her marriage and on her children's birth certificates. One can only speculate that it might have been to hide the connection with her executed brother, John Garbutt.