I was interesed to see your post about Thomas Scatchard as Thomas and his relatives have cropped up in my search for my family. The details are quite complicated, except to say that I have, currently, two Thomas Scatchards I am trying to identify.
The first is a long term boarder with my Gt Grandfather, George Anderson in Ripon, appearing on both the 1891 and 1901 census returns. I want to know who are his parents, and what is his relationshipo with my gt and gt gt grandparents?
The second is on the 1851 census as a cousin to my Gt Gt Grandfather, Andrew Foster, and living with him in the same household: HO107 Piece 2318 Folio 18 Page 29. In 1861, Thomas is living with his aunt Jane Scatchard. Next door, (by coincidence?) Andrew Foster's wife is visiting relatives: RG9 Piece 3662 Folio 70 Page 7. I have worked out that this Thomas Scatchard and Andrew Foster were brothers in law. Thomas married Sarah Milnes, and Andrew Foster married Sarah's older sister Mary Milnes. However, I have been unable to determine how they were cousins.
If my reasoniong is correct (which it might not - I've frequently been wrong before), for Andrew Foster and Thomas Scatchard to be cousins, then, either:
(a) Andrew’s mother must have been a Scatchard, sister to Thomas’ father, or
(b) Andrew’s father’s sister married a Scatchard.
However, I know that Thomas’ parents are Simon Scatchard and Mary Lofthouse, so option (b) is ruled out. This means that Andrew Foster’s mother must have been a Scatchard, and Simon Scatchard’s sister. As far as I know, Simon had three sisters, Elizabeth, Jane, and Mary. Simon's sister Elizabeth I know married a Pennington. Jane appears never to have married. Therefore it must be Mary who married Andrew Foster's father, also named Andrew. Now, if Mary Scatchard’s husband Andrew Foster died, and she then remarried Matthew Millen, this would also explain how Andrew junior’s wife Mary was noted in the 1861 census as daughter-in-law to Mary Millen. I just lack the evidence!!
Have you any other information you can share that will help me out? I've already done a substantial amount of research, but as I live too far away for a visit to the Yorkshire records offices, I'm finding getting details before 1837 more and more difficult.
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