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No, this isn't an M registration vehicle. The 'M' for the registration year was at the end of the number (e.g. 'URX 465M'). The tractor shown in the photograph would have been registered before 1963. From the page on Suffix Registrations, linked from the article you cited, "Prior to 1963, registration marks were dateless". We can, however, narrow the ...


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As @sempaiscuba says, this registration is pre-letter codes, and the pattern restricts it to 1930s to 1963. However, you can get a bit closer from the tractor itself: a very quick image search shows that according to Country Life's article Top 5 vintage tractors it is a Fordson, introduced in 1952. So, sometime after 1952 (it doesn't look brand new) and ...


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I agree with the comments that it more likely reads "C. E. Markby". A good possibility would be the Rev. Cecil Edward Campbell Markby. He was recorded as "Clerk of Holy Orders" in Dorchester, Dorset on the 1939 Register, a short way from Salisbury (see RG 101/6918C, no 187): Local newspapers seem to confirm this is the right man. For ...


6

Part of your difficulty lies in the way the big data sites like Ancestry encourage us to 'do genealogy' -- we look for our 'people' by cherry-picking the most likely matches to the person we're seeking, then we try to assemble all the bits we've found into a recognizable portrait of a person. Hint-based or index-driven searching encourages us to take the ...


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A Guide to Using the Records of Civil Registration from the Society of Genealogists says: The records of civil registration in England & Wales, which commenced on 1 July 1837, relate to the birth, marriage and death of an individual. ... In England & Wales, up to that time, the government had relied very much on the church to register ...


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They would have to pay the bond if they broke the terms of that bond. A bond, whether that be a probate bond, bastardy bond, marriage bond, etc., is simply a legal instrument by which people swear to forfeit a certain sum if they do not carry out or comply with the terms of that bond. Marriage bonds in the 1700s typically swore the groom and another one or ...


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CR283 is the form used for a change of name on marriage. A change of name for any other reason should be CR230. So this appears to be at variance with family information, although there is always the possibility that someone used the wrong form, or the NHS Central Register clerk made a clerical error.


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All that you can be certain of is that she changed her surname to Weeks and notified the change which was recorded on that date. She may or may not have divorced Frederick, she could just have notified a name change for a multitude of reasons not just divorce. For example: Did she marry a man with the surname of Weeks? If so the divorce could have happened ...


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The Marriage Act 1753, formally "An Act for the Better Preventing of Clandestine Marriage" ( and popularly known as Lord Hardwicke's Act), required that banns had to be called or a marriage licence obtained for a marriage to be legally valid. In fact this simply codified the existing practice within the Church of England into law. Under this statute the ...


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The legal process for adoption wasn't introduced in England & Wales until 1926/7. The relationship on the census shows exactly what the situation was - that they were children of his wife, not his, and weren't using (or known by) his surname. There is no suggestion from that that any form of adoption took place.


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The 1904 banns may have still been regarded as valid (and it would be for the officiating vicar to decide, if the marriage was to take place in a CofE church) - but there are a number of other possible scenarios to consider. The 1907 marriage reference is only an index and doesn't indicate whether the marriage took place in a church or in a registration ...


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The tractor registration MWV 714 is definitely a Wiltshire County Council issue from 1955. My father bought a new Ford Consul Mk.1 in Wiltshire in about July of that year, registration MWV 535, so as numbers were issued sequentially this would date the tractor registration as probably 2 - 3 months later i.e. about September 1955, which seems to tie up with ...


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Before I address the place name issue, I'd like to repeat the wise advice given elsewhere on the site in this answer to the question Tracing US ancestor back to Germany: At one time or another, I suppose most of us have suffered from premature connectivitis syndrome (PCS)--we don't really know enough yet by which we can well identify a person, yet we want ...


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The house has been extended since the photo was taken but I would say that you can be confident that this is the same place. The house has the same number of windows, chimney is in the same position, and even the telephone wire is still there.


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