I have just found out that my gtgtggrandmother's maiden name was HARLIN. She was born about 1838 in Swanscombe, Kent and after her marriage to my gtgtgrandfather (date & place unknown, but I'm working on it) lived for many years in Charlton, which is now in London SE7 but was then in Kent. Swanscombe: in registration district Dartford; Charlton: in registration district Woolwich. Although you say your people moved about quite a bit, perhaps the Woolwich connection is good news for you. On the 1881 census I found a single man called ARLIN, born in Swanscombe who also lived in Charlton & was a similar age to my Sarah Selina HARLIN. I also found families in Southfleet (five or six miles from Swanscombe)and Bexley (also not far from Swanscombe). I don't think I looked in Woolwich itself. The name was by no means common, but there was evidently a small cluster of them in North Kent in the mid-nineteenth century. Any help? A man on the Kent mailing list has kindly offered to do a lookup for me, so I'm hoping he may find something.
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