Hi again David,
Thankyou for the information. You are very good at knowing about genealogy. I don't know anything about Charlotte Kenna/Kennah,etc. except the following: on the photocopy of the pages I have of the censuses: 1841 census: Charlotte gives her age as 34 (?born 1807), on the 1861 census Charlotte gives her age as 50 (?born 1811), on the 1871 census Charlotte gives her age as 62 (?born 1809), on the 1881 census Charlotte gives her age as 70 (?born 1811).
David, do you have access to the 1841 census for Liverpool? I was wondering if Charlotte's parents possibly came to Liverpool at an earlier date, perhaps when Charlotte was a child? If you do have the 1841 census, is it a monumentous task to ask you to try to find any Kenna/Kennah/(all the spellings) in Liverpool. Charlotte & Richard Matchett lived in Liverpool-St.Martin,District 35 in 1841, District 38 in 1861, District 42 in 1871, District 39 in 1881. I wondered if Charlotte's parents may have been possibly living somewhere in Liverpool.
I know a little about what you mean about how the Scottish people named their children, as I have copies of the birth registrations of all my paternal grandmother's siblings: her mother, her grandmother, and back, were all from Scotland and it seems the names follow the pattern you speak of. Actually those documents were what got me started in genealogy in the first place and yet, I cannot find a single trace of these children's existence on any genealogy website.
Also, I wondered: could the difference in the name pattern of the Richard/Charlotte children been due to the influence of the Irish traditiions from Richard's side of the family.
Thanks for the info. re Elizabeth Sharpe - several years ago she was very helpful to me but I lost contact with her when my computer crashed and I lost all my information. If you find the site she is on, will you kindly let me know. Like you, I do this genealogy from a distance as I live in Canada. I have been trying my hand at this genealogy experience for several years now and basically have gotten nowhere, which can be very discouraging, but I am told by experienced genealogists that this is all part of the process and the "fun" of genealogy exploring.
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