Thoughts on the anomaly with James Adam's parents on his marriage and later death certificate

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Thoughts on the anomaly with James Adam's parents on his marriage and later death certificate

There are at least two possible explanations of the error as far as his mothers name goes on James's second marriage certificate and later death certificate.

The simplest is that Elizabeth Nisbet died possibly circa 1820 and William Adam remarried. His second wife was a Margaret Kemp and James chose to put down Margaret Kemp's name as his mother on his second marriage certificate instead of the name of his real mother, Elizabeth Nisbet. This was then compounded by James's son taking the detail of his father's parentage from the erroneous marriage certificate to use on his father's death certificate.

There is a second and slightly more intricate explanation as to where the name Margaret Kemp materialised from on James's second marriage certificate and later death certificates. There is a possibility James's paternal grandparents were James Adam and Jean Kemp who were married 7 November 1776 in Mauchline and his maternal grandparents were John Nesbit and Margaret Reid who were married 29 March 1768 in Dailly. It is concievable that somehow James's maternal grandmother's forename Margaret and his paternal grandmother's surname Kemp got melded into the name of James's mother! Although this is a bit tenuous it is not beyond the realms of possibility and gives an intriguing line of further digging!!

It is also possible that if the first theory is correct (i.e. Elisabeth Nesbit died and William remarried) and the parentage of William Adam is correct (i.e. James Adam and Jean Kemp) that the second marriage was within the family i.e. to a Margaret Kemp who was some relation to his mother, Jean Kemp