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Re: John Boyce and John Masters - the same person
Interesting, poor little chap, being "farmed out". I have an ancestor whose unmarried mother took out an order against the father of her son, and he had to pay 6d per week until the child was 7, unless said child died before then!!! so perhaps something like that happened to John, but records of the arrangement will have long gone.
As you say one wonders if he was aware of his half siblings, perhaps not as he kept the Boyce name.
Pleased to have helped, better get back to my lot!!!!