Cornelia Wilkins (nee MEDWELL) (1877-1952) gave birth to her second child in Northamptonshire (UK) in the first quarter of 1908. She does not appear in the 1911 Census. Her husband is recorded in the Census living with his mother in Peterboro; and their two children with different members of her family.
Family legend has it that Cornelia travelled abroard (most versions say to South Africa). She did not remain there, because in 1925 she migrated from her original home in the UK to join her son in Australia.
I have no records of Cornelia between 1908 and 1925. In particular, I can not identify any person matching her in the Passenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960 (to any destination, not just South Africa).
My working hypotheses are that:
- She did not actually leave the country but was "hospitalised" somewhere in England.
- She adopted a false identity when she left her marriage and travelled as that person.
- She travelled under her own name, and I am missing something really obvious.
Occam's Razor would say that the last is the most likely. So where should I look next?