Cissie Wilson

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A photo of Cissie Wilson. Cissie Wilson was the name she gave herself, or the family solicitor J Ingram Dawson gave her, to hide her identity when she became pregnant in 1912. Her name was in fact Constance and her grandfather had been a Wilson, but was required to change his name to marry Cissie's grandmother.
Date & Place: at North of England,
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1892 - 1959
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Ancient Faces
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1917 England - due to a pregnancy scandal, she changed her name to Cissie Wilson. It's a great photo!
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Susan Schloss
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Where's the rest of the story? Why is she famous? Who was her grandmother?
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
She wasn't famous, as far as I know. I think a family member shared her photo. It was just what they did in the day? Upper class and scandal? All of what we know is in the description of the photo.
Jun 29, 2017 ·
Małgorzata Dziok
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She looks like me, when I was young.
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Esther Evans
Fascinating...
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Rebecca Pierce
Mystery UNsolved.
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Elizabeth Davis
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Why was the grandfather required to change his name to marry her grandmother?
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Joy Midkiff Alba
Changing your name doesn't make you any less pregnant.
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Linda Virtue
She could have passed herself off as a widow.
Jun 30, 2017 ·
Joy Midkiff Alba
Maybe in a different town, but if her family was well off everyone knew who she was.
Jun 30, 2017 ·
Rhonda Michelle Smith
Dish the Details. I'm invested now, gotta know the rest of the story. :)
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Terri Allen
Pretty lady
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Maureen Garvey
My grandmother whose name was Annabella, was known as Cissy.
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Chrissi Burk
My family nickname is cissie 😀
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Rachael Green
Is that it?! Where's the rest of the story?! That's annoying 😑
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Lisa Downey Harris
Why did the grandfather change his name to marry? Interesting story I'd say.
Jun 29, 2017 · Reply
Julia Parry-jones
Very sad ! Genealogy made difficult !
Jun 30, 2017 · Reply
Kathryn Josephs Lundgren
She has such wonderful cursive.
Jul 02, 2017 · Reply
Linda Virtue
No actual way to prove who the father was. Deny, deny.
Jun 30, 2017 ·
Deborah Aldridge
Linda Virtue surely they can figure it out.
Jun 30, 2017 ·
Susan Schloss
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Because if a man sowed his wild oats, he was considered "manly", while if a woman did so she was considered "a harlot". Also, everyone KNEW the woman was pregnant, whereas you could never be sure who the father of the child was. This was indeed a terrible scandal up until perhaps the 1960's. Up until then, many girls (especially religious ones) were sent away to visit an "aunt" in another state (really a home for unwed mothers), until they gave birth and could then return to their old life with their parents and school. Often, if the mother of the pregnant girl was fairly young, the enitre family would disappear for several months, and, when they returned, the "mother" of the infant was actually the grandmother. Especially if the girl who had the baby was 14 or so, they would tell everyone that she was the baby's "older sister". Jack Nicholson, the actor, was raised by his grandmother, whom he and everyone else believed was his mother. I think he found out the truth after his elder sister (his actual mother) and his mother (his actual grandmother) were both dead! Well,in those days it was quite acceptable to be a "spinster lady", the poor dear who could never find the right man, but being divorced was one step up from being a whore. Nowadays, it's much more accepted to be divorced, which so many people are, than it is being single for your whole life--if you have always been single, it is whispered that you were not good enough to find a husband, and pitied! My, my, haven't mores changed?? Having a baby and THEN getting married is considered quite normal, and no one is ostracized!
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