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From: "Brian Lummis" <>
Subject: Re: [SFK-UK] FW: WILLIAM HALLS LAIT
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2011 20:46:46 +0100
George Kennedy <> wrote:
<snip> I don't know which marriage to his second wife is
> correct. The censuses report her first name is Esther. I have the
> marriage certificate for Esther Mendem nee Keys to William Hals on 27 July
> 1863 in Ely, Cambridgeshire. William claims to be from Prickwillow. I
> have never heard this location before for William. Also why would he go
> to Ely to be married when he was in the Mildenhall/West Row area?
> William's father's name was not on the certificate so that verification is
> gone. <snip>
There is an Esther MENDHAM, widow, age 26 in the 1961 census residing as a
House Servant at West Street, Mildenhall who is said to be born in the town.
Is this your Esther Mendem?
What was William's occupation - could he have been working/residing in
Prickwillow at the time of marriage?
At what church did the marriage take place - there was a strong
non-conformist movement in that area that could have influenced the place of
marriage. As the certificate should show the church, an enquiry to the
Cambridgeshire List might find someone to look at the original church
register to see if there are details that are not on the certificate.
Ely/Prickwillow and Mildenhall/West Row are not too distant from each other
so I think that you have a strong candidate.
Hope that this is of some help.