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TWISS or TWIST from Haydock

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Lainey1978    7

Hello,

 

I'm descended from Ruth Twiss (or Twist), the illegitimate daughter of Eliza Twiss and...some mystery fellow. There is a whole big family story on her parentage, but I don't know whether I believe any of it or not.

 

The story is this:

 

Eliza was living and working in a manor house in Bryn(?) as a servant. It is said she was a bit "slow," and the manor lord's son took advantage of her. Ruth was the result, and Eliza, unable to raise Ruth on her own, returned to live with her parents, Joseph and Mary. The father's parents, horrified, sent him to Australia (I am not sure why--so he couldn't marry Eliza? I don't know), and in one version of the story, he returned every year to ask Eliza's family if he could raise Ruth, and every year, they said no. In another version of the story, the father's parents asked to raise Ruth.

 

I have no idea if any of this is true or not. I really just want to know who Ruth's father was. I've even had my DNA tested in hopes of finding clues, but so far I'm not sure where to even start.

 

I have what I think must be Ruth's birth certificate, but her mother's name is listed as "Margaret," not Eliza. But that's the only record that says Margaret that I know of. But everything else is right--the date of birth, the address--so I'm very confused about that.

 

I also have Ruth's marriage certificate, which lists her father as Joseph Twiss--which should actually have been her grandfather. So no clues there. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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