interesting marriage capers
Victim: William Smith 1831-c 1895
Circumstance: Robert Smith died in 1868 and that just left his youngest son living at home with at home with granddaughter Harriet Barham their housekeeper (23). She clearly became pregnant two years later, hence the marriage, and the couple went on to have three more sons and a daughter. The priest in Norwich All Saints was none the wiser, clearly, though I'm sure such a marriage must have been illegal. (William witnessed the marriage of Harriet's sister Ellen Barham so he obviously did his best by his in-laws.)
Origin of this story: Census for 1871, Wymondham.