I have asked questions relating to Alexander Campbell Harris before.
You may recall that I had issues with his year of birth due to differences between the information on the marriage and death certificate.
Taking the information from the marriage certificate his fathers name was Samuel Harris and his fathers profession was Mechanical Engineer.
On his marriage certificate his name is just Alexander Harris (it is only on his death certificate where his name is recorded as Alexander Campbell Harris).
By using the age at time of death (instead of marriage) it would make his birth 1875.
Family members have always said that there is a Scottish link here because of Campbell. So I decided to use FindMyPast first and the census logs and came up with:
The fathers name and profession is correct and the Alexander there is the right age. But it did not mention a middle name of Campbell.
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I purchased credits to view the original document, which contains more information (such as actual date of birth, mothers maiden surname and date of marriage). He is certainly the Alexander Harris from the 1881 census log.
How can I know if this is our Alexander [Campbell] Harris? Is it possible that Campbell crept in later or is this not going to be the right person?
Another angle to consider
I wanted to add a spin on this. If you look here it discusses the clan Campbell. It mentions about Ayr:
The Campbell’s also held the Earldom of Loudoun in Ayrshire, which spawned a host of lairdships there.
The earliest parts of Loudoun Castle east of Kilmarnock /Ayrshire were built for the Craufurds in the 1400s. The castle was extended by the Campbell’s in the 1600s and again by Flora Mure-Campbell in the early 1800s into one of Ayrshire’s most stately homes.
So could that also be a reason why possibly Campbell was added by the family later in life? I say this because Irvine is in Ayrshire.