Robert DATLEN Susannah DATLEN Mary Ann DATLEN Ann DATLEN Henry DATLEN Robert Elgar DATLEN John DATLEN Emma DATLEN Harriet DATLEN Caroline DATLEN Sarah DATLEN Mary Ann Sneller WILLIS Mini tree diagram


about 18271 -

Life History

about 1827

Born in Dover, Kent, England.1


Resident in Adrian Street, Dover, Kent.1


  • The 1841 census shows Eliza Datlen is 14 years old which puts herbirthdate as 1827. Her father Robert Datlen married Mary AnnSneller-Willis in 1831. There is no indication that Robert waspreviously married.

    Was Eliza born out of wedlock?
    Did she have a different mother?

    I have browsed the IGI and found that an Eliza Castle Willis waschristened 11 Mar 1827 at St Mary The Virgin, Dover. Only the mother'sname is given which is Mary Willis. Robert and Mary had their 10 otherchildren baptised at Saint Mary The Virgin and Mary Willis' mother wasAnn Castle.

    It seems then, that Eliza was born out of wedlock to Mary Willisbefore she married Robert Datlen. Mary would have been about 20 yearsold and Robert only 16 years old!

    There is a 4 year gap between Eliza's birth and her mother's marriageto Robert. Does this indicate that Robert was not the father or was heconsidered too young to marry at 16 and had to wait until he was 20?


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