Thomas Wanless/Florence Bucknall tree integrated with Merrington tree

I’ve been meaning to do this for weeks now…tree 13, Thomas Wanless & Florence Bucknall of Brisbane, Australia, has been proven to be part of tree 31, Ralph Wanless of Kirk Merrington, Durham, so I have moved Tom & Florence & their descendants to tree 31 and removed their separate tree.

Proof came in the form of Thomas’s death record, which stated his parents to be Robert Wanless & Margaret Richardson. We had a Robert & Margaret Wanless in the right place at the right time, but weren’t sure of her name, so in Nov 2014, I ordered their marriage to prove she was Margaret Richardson and Robert’s father was Henry James Wanless, and it was all true.

There is a major discrepancy between the age stated in Thomas’s death record and on his headstone – according those, he was 87 or 88 when he died, giving him a birth year of 1877-1878 – but the English censuses for 1891 and 1901 give him ages that point to a birth year of 1885-1886, and the civil birth index shows his birth in Jan-Mar 1886. Apparently his survivors thought he was about 8 years older than he actually was, for unknown reasons. It would be interesting to see if/how he declared his age on his marriage to Florence.

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