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How can I find out why my G'grandfather changed his family name?

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I never knew my paternal grandfather, and until late in life I never had the time or inclination to research family history. As the family scattered (from England) throughout the world we all lost touch. I ended up in S.Africa. I am therefore not able to visit any UK archives.
Between the 1861 and 1881 censuses of Leeds, Yorkshire the surname was changed from Taylor to Taylor Tunnington, (no hyphen).
The Commercial genealogy firms cannot give me an answer, although they offer to "search" for a sizeable fee! As I am on a modest pension I cannot justify unnessary expenditure on a search.
Does anyone have suggestion on this problem?
Incidentally we though that Tunnington was uncommon, but I have been surprised at the large number of people with that family name, (none connected).
DerekT.

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on 2013-11-29 07:19:35

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by noggin on 2013-11-29 09:47:47
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by DerekT on 2013-11-30 02:19:55

G'father was William Henry Taylor Tunnington. He was born 1864 as William Henry Taylor. In the 1881 census in Leeds Yorkshire he appears as William Henry Taylor Tunnington.His father was John Taylor, b.1839. John married Sarah Glover(widow),born Richardson in Leeds. . There were two sons, William and Thomas. William did not pass on the Taylor name to my branch, but Thomas' branch continued to use the Taylor middle name. I never knew WHTT and my father did not speak of him.(A black sheep!)

by noggin on 2013-12-01 06:41:08
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by noggin on 2013-12-01 06:47:36
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by DerekT on 2013-12-02 03:46:24

Frances Pinder was WHTT's only wife. born 1870 died 1966. By 1900 she had had enough of William and sent him "Walkabout." They never divorced. William died c.1925. I have no details of his life but he was regarded as a disgrace to the family. The Pinders were originally farm folk in Yorkshire but the Industrial Revolution made them take up work in the region of York city (Railways?).
The name "Tunnington" is common in the vicinity of Birmingham, as is "Taylor". My brick wall is the puzzle of John Taylor's claim to be British citizen born in Canada, and his reason for name change. There must have been some event which caused this, but he did not create a new identity or remarry.

by noggin on 2013-12-02 07:42:24
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by DerekT on 2013-12-02 09:49:52

This is new info! His eldest son Harry also served in the West Yorks regt in WW1.

by DerekT on 2013-12-02 12:12:22

1861. JHTaylor married Sarah Glover.Both living in Primrose St.Father was Wm.Taylor.
(sailmaker). 1864 WHTT born. 1871 John H.Taylorliving at 25 Mushroom St
1881 John H Taylor Tunnington lived in Back Nile St.
1890 John H T T recorded as ironworker.
1893,April, WHTT married Frances Pinder at St Michaels church.they lived at 24 Moseley St. WHTT must have been still in army.
Harry born 12/12/1993.(My father's brother.)
1911 census shows Francis as head of family.

by noggin on 2013-12-02 17:41:57
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by DerekT on 2013-12-04 02:49:29

Frances Tunnington (Pinder) lived at 5 Edgware Mount until her death. I often visited her there until I emigrated in 1957.
Primrose St.,Mushroom St,Back Nile St. and Moseley St. no longer exist due to "Urban Renewal"
WHTT's service in the East Indies probably indicates India, but could have been any of the countries to the east which were Red on the world maps in those days.
I also served in that area in the Royal Air Force. Life was sometimes very "fragile " and sickness rife. This may account for WHTT's failures.
It would be interesting to see his army records for this information.

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