Re: John Henry Smith Son of John Wilkes MP - not father of John Aston Wilkes
One other possibility:
John Henry Smith was actually John Aston Wilkes' father but when he was born he placed the child with a relative and went to India. That relative was *also* named John Wilkes. It was the relative named John Wilkes who married Sarah Robotham. So John Aston Wilkes would have been raised as an older brother to the John Wilkes and Sarah Robotham children.
When John Henry Smith came back from India he changed his name to John Wilkes and resumed a relationship with his son. The confusion lies in the mulitples John Wilkes...
What do you think?