The death entry for Emily Levenia Marr, nee Lilley, listed her parents as John Lilley and Jane Munday, and that she was born about 1894 in North Melbourne. I couldn’t find a birth for any children for this couple or a marriage for them in Victoria. I did find a birth entry for Emily Lilley, mother Emily Lilley, father Unknown, born 1893 in Carlton.
In order to reconcile this discrepancy, and to determine who Emily Levenia Lilley’s parents were, I decided to get the marriage certificate for Emily and William Henry Marr. The marriage certificate listed her father as Unknown, mother Emily Lilley. It confirmed that the birth I found was the right one, and that the names listed on her death certificate were incorrect. I wondered if perhaps John Lilley and Jane Munday were the parents of Emily Levenia Lilley’s mother Emily, so I decided to check the Births Deaths and Marriages website for the birth of an Emily Lilley between 1860 and 1880, and found the following entry:
It appears that the informant at Emily’s death had listed her grandparents as her parents, possibly because she was illegimate.
My relationship to William Henry Marr is: