Today's "On This Day" person is something of a mystery. William Edward Murch LEY - or BUCKINGHAM - was born on 26 September 1870 in Plymouth, Devon, UK. He married Susan Mary STEER in 1894, and together they had nine children. My grandmother had vague recollections of him being called 'Harry'...and an 1892 Barnardo's report lists him as being 20 (so he would in fact have been born in 1872, and probably within the marriage).
He appears (with family) on the 1901 census as "William L BUCKINGHAM", and on the 1911 census (again, with family) as "William Ley BUCKINGHAM", and he signs himself as "William Ley BUCKINGHAM". He is proving elusive (read: impossible to find) on the 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses. If his parents were truly Joseph BUCKINGHAM and Amanda Malvina LEY (my gg grandparents), then they did not marry until he was two - and I cannot find them in the 1881 census.
His mother was definitely Amanda - but, if she was unmarried, shouldn't he be called William Edward Murch LEY? And where did the name 'Murch' come from?
I have been researching this family for over 30 years - with not a lot of success. Does anybody out there have any ideas of where to turn next?
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