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Aberdeen or Ayr. Marr, Keens or KNOX
Posted by: Stephen Syddell (ID *****5508) Date: July 24, 2006 at 04:24:40
  of 1786

I am trying to establish which of two families is the right one. I m searching for JANE MARR who married CHARLES KEENS on 24th Oct 1878 at the Old Church, Ayr.

Jane's age is 26 and her parents are listed as JAMES MARR [a railway guard] and BRIDGET MARR nee KNOX.

Charles is listed as an army private age 39 and his parents are JAMES KEENS [deceased] and SUSAN KEENS nee SHEPHERD [deceased]

My research from his birth certificate and the English census show returns show that his father was indeed James Keens but his mother was MARY EDWARDS. The census puts Jane as being born within 3 years of the earlier Jane, and in Scotland.

Is it likely that 2 different Charles Keens of exactly the same age, with the same named father married 2 different Jane Marrs, both from Scotland, at just about the right time before the birth of their first child in 1880?

I have searched the BDM records and English census returns and cannot find a marriage for any Keens to any Shepherd. there are no census returns for his parents after 1841.

Any ideas or compatibility with anyone in your trees?

Happy to reciprocate.


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