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House of Maxwells

Explore the serious, sublime and the ridiculous facets of family history in this genealogical miscellany. This issue, Tom Wood looks into ancestors’ naming traditions, discovers a reader’s relative with a colourful career in early motor racing and the lifetime stigma of illegitimacy for some of our forebears…
Dear Tom

I’m starting matters off this issue with a family that seemed to be rather short of Christian names for their children, for which I am more than grateful to Ian Brooke, who came across them when researching a gentleman called Maxwell Morris. Born around 1822, Maxwell had a son also called Maxwell, who died when aged only two, but in the same year he had another son who he also named Maxwell. Then that Maxwell had a son in 1883 – you guessed it – named Maxwell. In addition, Maxwell, the original father, had a daughter called Alice, who sadly also died young, and named the next daughter Alice. After that, he had a daughter called Ellen who also tragically died; so again, the next daughter was called Ellen. In total, my correspondent Ian tells me that Maxwell Morris had two sons named Maxwell, two daughters named Alice and two daughters named Ellen, plus a grandson called Maxwell!

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