Looking for parents of Robert Alexander Fernald b 8 June 1850 Boston, MA.Mother was Joanna Whiteknecht. Father unknown - possibly George Ireland?Joanna married John Allen Fernald 20 Oct 1834 Houlton, ME. Had: William Gideon Fernald b 1834, d young; James Moody Fernald b 1836; John Nelson Fernald b 1838; and William Gideon Fernald 1840.John Allen Fernald was b 6 Feb 1806, Saco, ME; d 16 Aug 1847, Mobile, AL (Mexican War).Joanna had 6 more children - all raised with the name of Fernald - have been told first 3 children listed below did not belong to John, but cannot prove either way.
1. Charles Henry Fernald b 11 Nov 1843, Houlton, ME, m Lydia Libby 8 May 1873, Boston, MA;2. Mary Helen Fernald b 16 May 1845, d 27 June 1926, Brookline, MA, m Atwell Wright 28 Oct 1872;3. Lucien Webster Fernald b 1 Oct 1847, Mexico, ME, d 9 Jan 1900 Boston, MA, m Mary Coop;4. Robert A. Fernald b 8 June 1850, Boston, MA, d 15 June 1917, Alston, MA, m Margaret Dooley 21 Aug 1873, Boston, MA;5. George Washington Fernald b 1 Aug 1853, Boston, MA, d 20 Dec 1926, no known spouse;6. Caroline Emily Fernald b 11 Nov 1854, Boston, MA, d 18 Dec 1953, Winchester, MA, m Mr. Robbins.
Birth records for George and Caroline list father as George Ireland, but yet entire family was raised using the Fernald name. Did Joanna remarry after John's death? Who is father of these 6 children?
Would love to hear from anyone who knows anything about this family.