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Horton Asylum

Epsom Cluster #2

GALLIANO, James Price (Listed as GALLIAM)

b.1875-d.1910   A Mediterranean Background James Price Galliano was the youngest of seven children born to a Roman Catholic family in a well to do area of Clapham. His parents Victoria Mary née Price (known as Victorine) and Anthony Galliano were married sometime prior to 1864 in Gibraltar. Victorine was a British subject and Anthony… read more »

BURFITT, Matilda Georgina

b.1857-d.1910   A Word of Caution Burial records state Matilda was 42 years old at her death. I have been unable to find any records that correspond to that age group. Burfitt is quite an unusual name and I have researched a Matilda Georgina Burfitt born 10 years earlier. This is the only record that… read more »

GILL, Jane

b.1875-d.1910 Jane’s parents Jane Gill’s parents married at Holy Trinity Church in Hull on 25 November 1868. Her father Thomas Gill originated from Manchester according to census returns and her mother, Jane Clarridge from Bethnal Green, was the daughter of a glassblower.  Quite how Jane came to be so far from London is not clear… read more »

JOHNSON, William Arthur

b.1867(?)-d.1910 William – a difficult subject to trace William has proved difficult to trace and, after twenty hits on a potential birth certificate, it has been narrowed down to one possible case of a William Arthur Johnson born in Newington, London in the January to March quarter in 1867. So, my review has focused around… read more »

WALLER (WALL), John William

b.1866-d.1910 John’s burial record incorrectly records his surname as Waller but there is no corresponding death certificate under that surname. There is however a death certificate for a John William Wall and a corresponding Lunatic Register entry. The death certificate confirms that it is in fact John William Wall and not Waller. Early Days John’s… read more »


b.1860 -d.1910 I nearly did not find Martha Coltman as her age was incorrect but this, I later found, was a mistake made when she was institutionalised. There were no obvious workhouse records although I did find Lunacy Register entries. She could not be found in any census and although Coltman is not a common… read more »

KING, Ellen Mary

b. 1872-d.1910 Despite extensive searches I have not been able to trace Ellen’s background. There have been a number of leads but they led to dead ends and show who she is not rather than who she might be. However, what has been uncovered is a record of her life in various asylums which was… read more »


b.1877-d.1918 John Drinkwater – His Story John Drinkwater was really called Alexander John Sullivan. On 22 October 1906, John Alexander Sullivan, a dealer born in London in 1879, was found guilty of robbery with violence. He was sentenced to 5 years in Parkhurst Prison. He had  robbed a soldier of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery… read more »


b.1863-d.1910 No definite trace of Jane’s life prior to the 1901 census can be found at present despite extensive searches. We have only an intimation of her marital status and that she was born in London. None of this may be true which hinders finding her background. The Lambeth Register of Lunatics does tell us… read more »

WHITROD, Elizabeth

b.1857 – d.1918 Elizabeth was born in the March quarter of 1857 to William and Mary Vaughan (née Bratton/Brattan), in Wrotham, Kent. (Malling registration district). William and Mary had married on 24th February 1846, at the Parish Church of St Marylebone. William’s father was John, a Gardener and Mary’s father was George, a labourer. On… read more »

HODD, Edgar Horace

b.1869-d.1909 Edgar’s early life with his parents and siblings – 1860s Edgar Horace Hodd was born in 3rd Quarter, 1869 in Lambeth, Surrey. He was the 4th of five children found, born to Edward Hamilton Hodd (1841-1909) and Amelia Child (1832-1908). Edward and Amelia were married in St Mary’s Lambeth on 25th Oct 1861, Edward… read more »

Harlock, Louisa

b.1859c-d.1909c Sadly Louisa was a foundling, born circa 1859 -1860, most likely in the London area.Foundlings on admission to the hospital were baptised, renamed and given an admission number. The Foundling Hospital in London, England, was founded in 1739 by the philanthropic sea captain Thomas Coram. It was a children’s home established for the ‘education… read more »


b.1858-d.1915 Buried Horton Estate Cemetery. Indicated age at death is shown as 56 years. Sophia Peterson was born in the 2nd Quarter of 1858 in the District of Lambeth and was subsequently baptised on the 25th April 1858 at St Mary’s Church, Lambeth. Her parents are shown as William Samuel Peterson and Eliza Anne Peterson…. read more »

HOPE, Julia

b.1867-d.1915 Julia was an Asylum Patient who died and was then buried in the Horton Estate Cemetery, on the 8th July 1915. Her age was stated as 41 years. There is no birth record in National Indexes close to 1874 to indicate a birth of a person of this name and age. However, in the… read more »

WALTER, Mary Elizabeth

b.1886-d.1906 Mary was born in the Wandsworth District of London. The surname recorded is shown as Walters not Walter, although the mother’s maiden name confirms this is the correct birth. From her baptismal record we know her birth date was the 22nd August 1886 although the birth was not actually registered until the 4th Quarter… read more »


b.1878-d.1906 PREAMBLE David is recorded in the Horton Estate Cemetery Record as having been buried on the 13th December 1906 in Grave 920. His death age is stated as 27. He had been a patient in the Horton Asylum in Epsom and his arrival there is found in the UK Lunacy Patients Admission Registers 1846-1912… read more »


b.1888-d.1919 Early Life Emma May Chandler was registered as May Emma Chandler at birth. She was born on 11th May 1888 in Westminster, London. Her parents were Henry John Chandler and Elizabeth Mary Chandler née Kerney. Emma May was their first child. The couple had married the year before at St John the Evangelist Church,… read more »

MOUSLEY, Edward Lawford Girling

b.1870 – d.1909 Early Life Edward was born on 8th July 1870 in the village of Cranleigh, Surrey, sometimes recorded as Cranley, registered under Hambledon near Godalming. He was the 6th child of 12 found born to Thomas Henry Mousley, a certified National Schoolmaster, organist and choir master and his wife Martha Tricker. Edward was… read more »


b.1876 – d.1910 Finding the correct Minnie The search for Minnie Deverill has proved difficult as there was limited information to link her to any family. With only a Grave number, an age and a death certificate number and no knowledge of her status, all avenues had to be considered. Fortunately, her surname is not… read more »


b.1876 – d.1902 Highly possible but not certain (yet) story for John Collins According to the GRO Death Index, John Collins was aged 25 when he died in Epsom, which would give him a birth year of ~1877. Collins is quite a common surname, but we believe the following is a possible record of John’s… read more »


b. 1843 – d.1906 This is the story of Augustus ‘Justus’ Pfaffenbach, a German Tailor who came to London, married, had children but then suffered with his mental health. 1870s We first find Augustus on the 1871 census, taken on the 2nd April, where he is residing as a 28 year old lodger at 31… read more »

DOODY, Thomas

b.1849-d.1902 Thomas’ parents Owen Doody and Caroline Amelia Wilson married on 3 August 1845 in St Nicholas Church in Deptford, Greenwich. Four months later, on 14 December, Thomas’ older brother, Owen William was born. He was baptised on 11 January 1846 in St Alphage Church, Greenwich. It seems that Owen was the only child to… read more »

SIMMONS, William

b.1868-d.1910 Early life William Henry Simmons was born in the April to June quarter of 1868 in Rotherhithe. Although later evidence suggests his birth date may be 16 March 1868. His parents were William and Martha Simmons and they married around 1858 when William’s eldest sister Elizabeth was born. No positive trace of their marriage… read more »

JUDD, Minnie Marie Ann

b.1885 – d.1906 Minnie’s birth was registered in the 1st Quarter of 1885 in the District of Fulham. She was born on the 11th January at her parent’s home at 54 Station Road, Shepherds Bush. PARENTS The General Register Office (GRO) shows her mother’s maiden name was NIND. With that information we can trace the… read more »


b.~1871 – d.1950 Intro This story has been built from a combination of online resources, family notes and historical paperwork. It tells the story of Polish nobility ‘szlachta’ losing everything during WW2 and how this once wealthy woman became buried in an unmarked grave on a now abandoned plot of land in Surrey. Felicja Staszewicz,… read more »


b.1860 – d.1902 Mary’s age was recorded by the General Register Office as being 42 when she died unmarried on 21 September 1902. This would give her year of birth around 1860. Mary has not been found in any of the Censuses, so it is unknown exactly when and where she was born, but searching… read more »

LEVELL, Nellie Louisa

b.1899 – d.1914 Nellie Louisa Levell was born on 17th November 1899 in Paddington, London. Her parents were Alfred Levell and Ellen Hodghton. Nellie was the fifth of six children. Family Pre-Birth Nellie’s parents lived around the Paddington area. Her father was born in Barnes, Surrey but by 1892, Alfred and Ellen were living together… read more »


b.1882-d.1910 1880s Ethel was born on 14th September 1882 and was the fifth child of John Hamilton McDonald and Augusta Mahala Annie, née Page. They had married on 31st May 1873 at Christ Church, Bermondsey. John is described as an engineer and Augusta, the daughter of a wood turner from Rotherhithe. John was in fact… read more »

LEWIS, William Grosvenor Joseph

b.1873-d.1918 William’s parents and older siblings William’s parents were John James Lewis and Louisa Lewis, née Jenkins. John was born in the December quarter of 1844, reference Strand 1 377. The Strand Registration District covered the parish of St Clement Danes. John and Louisa were married on 4 June 1865 at St Mary’s Church, Tower… read more »

GUILMARTIN, Patrick Thomas

b.1844-d.1902 The Find a Grave website states that Patrick Thomas Guilmartin was born in Toem, Tipperary, Ireland but this is incorrect. Patrick was the eldest child of Michael and Ellen (née Keiley) Guilmartin, and was born on 24 March 1844 at 13 Mary Street, Poplar, London. Both his parents were from Ireland and had married… read more »

PASTEAU, Maurice

b.1881-d.1913 Early years Maurice’s parents were Louis Stanislav Pasteau and Mary Ann Thoumine. Louis was born in Sarthe, a region in the North West of France, in 1850 or 1851 and Mary Ann was born in Guernsey in 1854. It is not yet known how his parents met or where they married but their first… read more »


b. 1849 – d.1902 Caroline Blomquist [Karoline Kirstine Blomquist, formally Jensen, nee Sørensen] Caroline was Danish, and although she and her family have been found in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 Danish censuses, the translated transcriptions do not give much more than the basic information of name, age, place of birth, marital status, and address…. read more »


b.1861-d.1910 1860s Eliza’s maiden name was Rhodes and her parents were Richard and Sarah Rhodes. I have been unable to accurately trace their marriage, although it could have been prior to the birth of her older sister Mary Ann, in the quarter of June, 1860, in Rotherhithe. This has been verified by tracing her sister… read more »

TENNANT, Herbert John

b.1858-d.1910 1850s Herbert was born at Saham Toney in Norfolk in January 1858. He was the sixth child of Edward and Mary Ann Tennant. His parents were married on 18th November 1842 at Beachamwell, near Ely. His father a carpenter, aged 23 at the time, and his mother Mary Ann Bellaman, aged 21, a milliner… read more »


b.1864-d.1910 1860s James Murrell’s parents were married on 29th December 1862 at St Giles’ Church in Camberwell. It was a second marriage for his father James Murrell senior, his first wife Margaret having died only a short time beforehand. His mother, Jane Dale, was the daughter of a boot maker. His father’s occupation was shown… read more »


b.1878-d.1910 Initial difficulties researching the Emblem family The surname of Emblem seems to have a number of variations such as Emblen/Emblin/Emblan/Embling/Emblow/ Embler. This has made tracing difficult. Variations are often caused by the person writing the name mishearing, not asking how it is spelt, or a transcriber misreading a document. We are able to trace… read more »


b.1872-d.1910 Starting research Although the burial note describes Charles Blackwell as aged 28, no trace could be found including a Death Certificate. Searching under Blackwell in the relevant quarter, a Death Certificate can be found for a Cecil Charles Blackwell aged 38. Searching under this uncovered the following story. 1850s to 1860s Cecil’s parents were… read more »

PAPE, William Edwin

b.1880-d.1910 1880s His birth was registered in the December quarter of 1880 in Camberwell. He was the eldest child of William George Pape, an ironmonger, who had a business at 85 High Street, Camberwell, and Matilda Caroline Crozier, who was the daughter of a Lambeth shoemaker. They had married at St John the Evangelist Church… read more »

JONES, Archibald

b.1853 – d.1909 Early life Archibald was born in 1853 in Rotherhithe to Jenkin Jones, born 1819 of Cardiganshire, Wales, and Mary Watt, born 1818, Scotland. His parents registered him without a Christian name, the GRO record shows Jones 1853, Mother Watt. No baptism found for him. The older children were baptised before the family… read more »


b.1877 – d.1911 Amy Dacombe née Ludgate was born in the September quarter 1877, in the registration district of Pancras, London. She was the 3rd child of Edward Ludgate from Hitcham in Buckinghamshire and Mary (nee Barnard). Edward’s family were agricultural labourers. In the 1881 census Amy is living with her parents Edward and Mary… read more »

KOEKKOEK, Hendrick B.

b.1849 – d.1902 – Dutch Artist Introduction Out of sight, out of mind and forgotten might have been an epitaph on his headstone, if he had one, because once this talented artist was admitted to Banstead Asylum in 1888 his family, friends and the world at large seem to have lost any personal interest in… read more »

SPACKMAN, Lily Sophia

b.1892 – d.1914 Lily Sophia Spackman was born in 1892 (JFM) in South Hornsey, London. She was the youngest of four children and the only daughter, born to Benjamin and Jane Sophia Spackman (nee Willats). No baptism record has yet been found for Lily. Family Background Benjamin and Jane were married on the 18th May… read more »


b.1887 – d.1913 Parents and Birth – 1850s to 1880s  Her parents were William Charles Stebbings and Emily Taylor who married on 29th March 1880 in St. Marks Church Southwark.  They were living in St. Georges Road, SE1 at the time of their marriage.  Mahala’s father was born in Suffolk in 1856.  In the 1871… read more »

SYKES, Gertrude

b.1882? – d.1910 A tragic story of a young girl all alone, who lived in institutions from the age of three until her death at a young age. Very little is known about where Gertrude was born. She herself did not seem to know much and whether she knew her parents is unknown. Perhaps no… read more »

FAY, Tottie

b.1850 – d.1908 The Worst and Wickedest Woman in London Introduction The life of Tottie Fay has been pieced together from numerous sources – initially through newspaper articles from the reporters whose jobs were to attend the many magistrates’ courts in London. Unfortunately, these court proceedings have not been digitised and we have relied on… read more »


b.1874 – d.1914 Early Life Ann Parkyns was born Ann Rebecca Witherington, in the March Quarter of 1874. Her birth was registered in Bethnal Green. Ann was named after her mother and was the middle child of five born to Robert and Ann Witherington (nee Tyrell). Robert and Ann had married on the 19th Sept… read more »

BELL, Herbert John

b.1855 – d.1909 Herbert John BELL was buried in Horton Cemetery on 18th June 1909. According to the Lunacy Patients Admission Register he had been admitted to Horton Asylum on 8th October 1904 and died there on the 14th June 1909. He was admitted as a pauper but a note against the entry in the… read more »

GEORGE, Frederica

b. 1862 – d. 1909 1860s Known as Frederica. Frederica was the first child of five found born to Frederick William Runyard George (b. 1816 the son of Joseph George and Ann Runyard) an accountant of Shoreditch, London and Susannah Foskett, (b. 1834) of Aston Clinton, a village 4.4 miles from Aylesbury, Bucks, the daughter… read more »

CASSIE, George William

b. 1856 – d. 1909 1850s George born in 2Q 1856 Kensington, was the second child of Christopher Cassie (b. 1822) and Harriett Bird (b. 1816). No Baptism found. His brother Christopher Hatton Cassie was born 2Q 1854 in Islington. Baptised in All Saints Islington.  The Baptism page shows that the parents are living in… read more »

BOARD, Elizabeth

b. 1878 – d.1910 Marriage The first glimpse we get of Elizabeth Board nee. Couse is in 1900 when she marries Arthur Edward Board (Bachelor) on the 3rd November at St Agnes church in Newington. The certificate shows she was 22 years old and her full name was Elizabeth Lillie Couse (spinster). Her father is… read more »


b.1840 – d.1908 Between Sep-Oct 1840 Samuel John MINCHER was born in Northamptonshire to Thomas MINCHER (1816-1864) and Mary (1817-1887). His father Thomas was born in Shoreditch, Middlesex, and his mother Mary in Northamptonshire. In the 1841 census the family is living at Union Place in St Margaret, Westminster. Thomas aged 25, is a Glass… read more »

D’ARENBERG, Arthur William

b.1857 – d.1909 Arthur’s story starts with his Grandfather, Johann Georg Abeltshauser, a Classical Composer in Germany. Found on a classical music website, it states that a piece of music, 12 Quartets, 4 horns, Opus 3 is attributed to his son Ignatius George Abeltshauser, although it sounds the same as Opus 3 by Johann his… read more »


Story Version number = 1 Friends of Horton Cemetery Researcher – Linda Miles-Cartwright Laura was born a long way from London in fact she was born in Fredericton in Canada to Alfred Carter a British soldier and Annie Bell McLeod a Canadian girl. It would seem Alfred was stationed there. A date of marriage of… read more »

HOWKINS, Ann Barrows

Of the few remaining gravestones at Horton Cemetery, only four can just about be made out and Ann Barrows Howkins is one. ANN BARROWS HOWKINSDIED DEC 16TH 1912AGED 44INTO THY HANDS_______ Ann Barrows (or sometimes transcribed Burrows) Howkins, the daughter of Edwin and Charlotte Ann Howkins, nee Barrows, was born in Q2 1868 in Warwickshire… read more »