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Alexander Baxter (b.1815) has been a mystery to me for several years. After the 1871 census I could find no record of him living in Footdee, although he appears on his son's (Alexander 1852) marriage certificate of 1877 occupation shown as Pilot. It turns out that 1877 was also the year of Janet's death (Alexander's wife) and up until recently that was the end of the trail with Alexander. I had searched for Alexander using all the usual parameters and even stretched the age search to + or - 15 years. Nothing.
Then the Scotlands People website contacted me saying I had unused credits and it was use them or lose them time.
So I searched for Alexander one more time, for once I ignored the age parameters and checked every type of document for an Alexander Baxter in Footdee from 1871 onwards (there are a lot of them!)

 

 

 

And bingo! There he was on a new marriage certificate dated 1878, the year following Janet's death. The reason he was so hard to fing was that he seems to have changed his age from 63 to 42! This was possibly for the benefit of his new wife, Joan Guyan, who is shown as being only 30 years old. All I can think is that Alexander must have been wearing well to knock off 20 years of age (not sure I'd get away with it !)

This deception/confusion seems to have continued up until Alexander's death in 1891 when the death certificate shows an age of 66, he was actually 76 (only 10 years knocked off for some reason).

Regarding family research, there must be something to be learned here!

   
                      2nd Wife            
              Alexander Baxter
1815-1891


Janet
Caie
1817-1877

Joan
Guyan 1848-
           
                             
     
 
John
Baxter
1838
 
Margaret Baxter
1840
 
Ann
Baxter
1842
 
Jessie
Baxter
1844
 
Jane
Baxter
1847
 
Alexander Baxter
1852-193
 
Andrew
Baxter
1856
 
Agnes
Baxter
1860
   
                                   




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