The Family Tree III: Hilda Mildred Hassett crosses the line

If David and Edith’s marriage, which altered the family tree in peculiar fashion, wasn’t surprise enough, a further twist in the Hassett-Wharton family lines emerged.

During the initial stages of searching for records of ancestors in the British Library, London, a number of records came to my attention. Surnames of Hassett and Wharton were seemingly everywhere, but at that point I couldn’t make the connections – if any – to the confirmed records I had found. I stored them nonetheless, in hope that they would come useful at some point. That, they did.

I’ve already documented the records of Hilda Mildred Hassett, but her records were the most intriguing to date (which is quite a feat after collecting the records of Edith Aileen Wharton). Unsurprisingly, Edith features in the latest twist.

Hilda married William Bernard Wharton in 1912. By my deductions, Hilda was William’s step-niece (although not blood-related). Their marriage effectively brought together the Hassett and Wharton families in peculiar fashion, and before the marriage of David Vincent Hassett and Edith Aileen Wharton (David was the brother of Hilda).

On paper, it can seem a little confusing and a bizarre set of circumstances. Hilda crosses over the ‘family lines’ and makes the family tree begin to look eerily circular.

As with the previous posts about the family tree, I drew the ‘family tree’ myself (sketches aren’t the best, but there are start and will be updated with improved artwork in the future):

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Hilda was not only an interesting discovery, but provided some valuable context to the Hassett-Wharton history. As if that wasn’t enough, additional layers emerged!

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6 thoughts on “The Family Tree III: Hilda Mildred Hassett crosses the line

  1. What is the best way to discover the family tree with a minimum of information available/My name is Maurice O’Reilly and I am prepared to pay to trace my family tree/See my facebook for contact

      1. thanks/my trek to discovery is complicated because I have miniscule info as I was orphaned at an early age/All I can recollect that Dad sometimes spoke about Ireland and I have a sneaking suspicion he spoke to the Irish Brothers in the school where I studied in a language other than English

  2. May be worth starting with Find My Past: and searching through the names – sometimes finding just one person can give enough information to discover many more. Find My Past is a subscription service, but can be accessed for free in most (UK) public libraries. The National Archives are also a good resource:

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