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The March Topic Challenge has begun. Post your questions about ancestors who divorced!
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Q: March Topic Challenge: Let's ask about Divorce

Harry VervetToday begins the first of a series of Monthly Topic Challenges. This month let's look more closely at our ancestors' divorces. We've all got them in our family trees. But... Do you have your ancestor's divorce records? Do you have an ancestor for whom you've lost the paper trail, and can't rul...

 
 
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3:44 PM
@HarryVervet, I am also working on the Hanshaw/Hanshall/Henshaw/Henshall line, especially as it pertains to the Bourn/Bourne family. You are correct regarding the info on the Bourne side, and one piece that also ties all of this together more tightly is the 1715 will for Robert Bourne, Jane Bourne's brother, where I got the signature that I included above.
@HarryVervet, I like your theory that Ralph was the son of John and Ellen Henshaw of Wolstanton. I also think there are two Ralph Henshaws/Hanshalls in the picture, represented by the two different signatures you shared. The second might be Ralph of Bridgmere (Cheshire), son of Hugh and Mary, all of whom died in Bridgmere in the 1720s. The Bournes had connections to this part of Cheshire (and half of the family moved from Madeley to Wybunbury in the early-to-mid 1700s).
@HarryVervet, regarding your divorce challenge, I have a curious case that may fit. Robert Bourne (d. 1715, above) married Anne Simson/Simpson, whose mother Mary Simson/Simpson was described in her will as a spinster (but who does not refer to her daughter Anne in the will as a "natural" daughter, as I might imagine and as was typical). Would this suggest that Mary was a divorced woman?
 

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