Viewing post #234909 by okus
Yes indeed! Its amazing how one small crumb of new information can open lots of new doors and lead to family you didn't even know existed!
I just found another skeleton in the family cupboard too. One of my great uncles absconded from his apprenticeship "with a considerable sum of money". I found a press advert from 1854 looking for him that was published the same day as he enlisted with the East India Company Army. No wonder his father wasn't happy to see him back in England 10 years later - he was invalided back, he probably never expected to return. The abscond would have cost his father several houndred pounds, a fortune back then.
Fascinating and it all adds to the picture, hiding the bad bits just muddies the water for other researchers.
I have a spread sheet time line too - it really helps when the same first name is common. The same John can;t have been having children by two different wives in a 3 month period so it has to mean there were two, and so on.