A-Z Challenge Surnames E

This will be short and sweet.

I only have 2 E surnames in my whole database of over 1000 people in our family tree!

One I mentioned yesterday (Elizabeth Dunn (nee Elliott) and today I will mention Thomas ELLERSHAW.

Mr. Ellershaw was a farrier. He married Mary Moffatt in 1888. They were both widowed and had 5 children each.

Interesting to note that they appear separately in the 1891 UK Census! She is living as head of the household with her sons but is listed as married. Her surname is ELLERSHAW but they have the surname Moffatt.

Thomas ELLERSHAW is living at another address with 3 of his children and showing as a widower even though he had married Mary 3 years prior.

He passed away in 1896 at the age of 65 and was buried with his first wife in Toxteth Cemetery. Mary (Moffatt) Ellershaw chose to be buried with HER first husband Robert Moffatt.

I wonder why they married and why they didn’t stay together? Hmmmmmm……..

About tiesthatbindsite

I'm a genealogist with a passion for Scottish and English ancestry. I'm trilingual so I can also do research in French Canadian records and Italian records. My love for family history began 35 years ago and continues to grow every day. My family is very important to me and I hope to instill in them a love for "where they came from" so that they can better understand who they are. I also want to share my love of family history with anyone who understands how important it is to not lose site of their ancestors. They all have a story to tell.
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5 Responses to A-Z Challenge Surnames E

  1. Scotsue says:

    A fascinating puzzle! I have come across something similar with husband and wife described as “head” in two separate households – and so far have not been able to find out why.


  2. Wendy says:

    That is a very interesting puzzle. I found an ancestor listed as Head of Household in two different households with wives and children in both.


  3. cassmob says:

    More sleuthing required it seems 😉 I suspect they did this when divorce just wasn’t possible, and little did they know people would be checking it out all these years later.

    @cassmob from
    Family History Across The Seas

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