This is my great-great grandmother, who had an illegitimate baby in March, 1863. She died the following year, so her son didn’t know either of his parents. He was brought up by his grandmother, who was born in 1819 – nearly 200 years ago! The stories she told him about who his father might have been have been passed down through the family. But in the space of just four generations, the truth has become clouded by anecdotes and speculation.