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Having identified Sarah Alice’s mother as Annie Elvira Rees, it was possible to find her birth record. She was born on 27th May 1874, in Bedwas Bridge, to domestic servant Mary Rees:29

This certificate seems to confirm that Annie was illegitimate, which matches what she stated on her marriage certificate. As we saw above, in the 1891 Wales Census, Annie was living with her widowed Grandmother, Sarah Rees, next door to Henry Rees and his children. Although the family story was that Sarah Alice’s mother, Annie, had gone out in a storm to register Sarah’s birth and caught pneumonia and died; given Annie had registered Sarah’s birth on 25th May 1894, and died of Bright’s Disease and Albuminuria Convulsions (a kidney disease), on 28th August 1894, the family story seems a bit of a stretch30.

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RSA B1 Are Arthur Edward Jones and Arthur Edward Rees the same man?  

Sarah Alice Jones married Frederick William Henry Rees (known to the family as 'Pop'. This research paper looks at the identity of Sarah A...

RSA B1 Are Arthur Edward Jones and Arthur Edward Rees the same man?  

Sarah Alice Jones married Frederick William Henry Rees (known to the family as 'Pop'. This research paper looks at the identity of Sarah A...

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