Re: Mary Tant, Widow, Talbot Inn Yard, Red Lion Street, London
Thanks for that information.
As you say, "who knows" - at present!
There may be a clue in the First Names.
Neither "Mary" or "Thomas" appear in the naming patterns of the the first two or three generations of the Scottish TANT lines.
This could be because:-
a) There is no connection - simple;
b) The progenitors, John 1, John 2 and William, were trying to get away from the relatively hard-work regime of an inn; and the Talbot Yard seems to have been a busy place from the various accounts I have read. (Also interesting that it was the Tabard Inn of Chaucer's days.)
If (b) is the case, then one could understand them not carrying on those names.
The first names carried through were generally:-
a) Their own, John & William
b) Their wives,especially "Hannah Aldred" where Hannah alone would not stand out but the combination does
c) from their Scottish employers' families and friends, especially "Evan Baillie Fraser", there being one with that name, Evan Baillie Fraser Tant, in Edinburgh today.
d) and that the (b) and (c) group appear across the lines, in addition to the more normal of simply down each line.
All the circumstantial evidence points to the three being related - but no hard, primary evidence!
"Ach, ah'll jist hae tae keep tryin'"