My great great grandmother Matilda Sarah Ann Read was baptized on February 29, 1828 in Woodbridge, Suffolk two weeks after her birth. Her mother was Matilda Read with no father given in the baptism register. Apparently no bastardy records survive for the church. I’ve searched for Matilda Read (her mother) in Woodbridge without any luck. There was one Read family but no proof that there was any connection to her.
Imagine my shock on receiving my great great great great grandfather’s death certificate to find that he had hung himself. According to the certificate he had ‘hung himself with a hempen cord in his own dwelling house being lunatic’. He was a joiner and there had been no sign in the census of anything untoward.