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New Find on Trove regarding Charles Williams and Mary Ann Green nee Bell!

Going through Trove tonight and came across another piece of my family tree jigsaw puzzle!  As mentioned previously my Worldon Bell lines cross over in interesting ways at times.  My half 3rd Great Grand Aunt Sarah Williams nee Glithero husband Charles Williams had a long term defacto relationship with my 3rd Great Grand Aunt Mary Ann Green nee Bell.  No marriage record has been found for Charles and Mary Ann, although they had at least nine children together, which seemed reasonable as they were both already legally married to other people - Charles to Sarah and Mary Ann to Michael Green.  The information below from Trove makes me wonder if they did in fact go through some form of marriage ceremony (as they clearly intended to) or if circumstances conspired against them and their plans were thwarted.  I am so happy to have some progress with the research but why do finds always lead to more questions than answers?

Source: Advertising. (1871, March 28). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved September 25, 2013, from


MICHAEL GREEN.- If I do not hear, within one month from my HUSBAND, Michael Green, who left me nine years ago, I shall marry again.
SARAH WILLIAMS.- If I do not hear within one month from my WIFE, Sarah Williams, who left me ten years ago, I shall marry again.

Source: Advertising. (1871, March 4). The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 - 1931), p. 3. Retrieved September 26, 2013, from


I HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that if I do not hear from my wife, SARAH WILLIAMS, who left me ten years ago, within ONE MONTH from this date I intend to marry again.
Gundagai, March 4th, 1871.
IF MARY ANN GREEN does not hear within ONE MONTH from her husband, MICHAEL GREEN, who left her nine years ago, she intends to marry again.
Gundagai, March 4th, 1871.


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