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KEEN, LAUGHLIN look-up please. Skeletons in the cupboard!
My Great Nan, Lillian (Lily) LAUGHLIN, nee Keen, married William Laughlin in 1913, in Camberwell. She apparently took into the marital home her two brothers, believed to have been called George and Alexander KEEN as their Mother had died. The odd thing is that on the 1901 census, my Great Nan is detailed to be living in Croydon, where she was Christened, with her parents, William Volney Keen and Emma Keen and her sister, Mabel Keen. However, there is no mention of either of the two brothers and her Mum was by this time 55 years old! My G-Nan was 18 on the 1901 census and her sister Mabel was 23. Surely the boys should be on the census by this time? Logic suggests that the boys couldn't have been born after the 1901 census given Emmas age at that date. We can't find any more on Mabel and my family have no knowledge of her existence, yet I am sure I have the right Keen family as I have checked both from the father forwards and from Great Nan backwards. My first thought was that the boys were not Emma's children at all but were the sons of her daughter, Mabel, hence no one spoke of Mabel. That however doesn't make sense as there are 2 boys... surely the family would have excommunicated Mabel upon the birth of the first if that was the case. One of the boys had sons who are now about 80, so the boys themselves would have been born at least a hundred years ago. Again, they would have had to have been born further back still to be the biological sons of a woman who was 55 in the 1901 census! Can someone please help me?! I'm very confused! I'd be very grateful if anyone could look up to see if they can find details of Mabels death/possible marriage, Emmas death and the dates of birth of my Great Nan's brothers. I'd be fascinated to find out the truth of this weird situation. Thank you very much.

Posted Apr 2007
Croydon, Surrey


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