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Howard Brown
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In the 1901 census,RDS lists himself as a widower. In those times, there was a certain stigma attached to being divorced. An ego such as RDS is alleged to have had would make his declaration of being a "widower",not divorced,to avoid any of this stigma very plausible. He was almost 60 years old at the time. The Anne Deary that Chris Scott located a long while back is the same Deary,according to the ages listed in censuses, regarding her. Its my guess that RDS was conforming [ for once ] to some sort of standard in order to live at the hotel or possibly just how he wanted to be known to those around him. Could he have also been be known as a widower to Woodhull prior to this? Could this status,rather than a divorcee,been more acceptable to the circle of people he was associating with post-Woodhull ? Time will tell and hopefully we'll know why one day.

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