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Thanks for your reply. Perhaps I'm making one of the big mistakes in research - assuming things! I took my assumption from the 1851 census in Cornwall which shows William Hart Dingle, born Egloshayle, living at Bridge Street, Stratton, Bude, with his son, Bartholomew, aged 18 and Mary Jane aged 15. There is no mention of a wife but she could have been away at the time of the census and therefore would not have been entered. Mary Jane Dingle, aged 81, occupation "Gardener's wife" appears in the 1871 census living with Thomas Beer and family in Stratton. In 1851 William's age is given as 50 but from other researches with census information, i know people were notoriously vague about their age in days gone by! (I would certainly think that an 81-year old in 1871 was suspicious!) Egloshayle is tiny - the population in 1991 was only 390. What do you think? You obviously have far more information that I have. I should be interested to hear more! We are about 160-170 miles from Egloshayle - and UK miles are long!