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Epsom Cluster #1

VAHID, Henrietta

b.1873-d.1915 A story full of mysteries and unanswered questions Henrietta Vahid was buried in Horton Estate Cemetery at Epsom in Grave number 1789b on the 28th of May 1915. Her age was stated to be 40. She had been a patient at Manor Asylum. There is no UK record of a birth of a Henrietta… read more »

SAWKINS, Thomas

b.1865-d.1918 Birth Although it has not been possible to find Thomas Sawkins’ official birth registration, it may be assumed from censuses and his marriage certificate that he was born in 1865, in Shoreditch, to Thomas Christopher Sawkins and his wife Hannah (née Jenks). Both his parents were from the East End of London. Thomas’s parents… read more »

SCOTT, Alexander

b.1861-d.1918 Early life Alexander Scott was born in Marylebone in the first quarter of 1861, the first child of William Cairns Scott, a tailor, and his wife, Ann B. (Anna Bella) Scott (née McKenzie). At the time of Alexander’s birth, William and Ann were living at 8, William Street in Marylebone. We know from Censuses… 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 »

RAINE, James George

b.1882-d.1917 Birth James George Raine was born In Bermondsey, London in the 2nd qtr of 1882 in the registration district of St Olave. I found out later in my research from school documents that he was born on the 28th April 1882. James’s birth was the year after the Census of 1881. When James is… read more »

PENN, William George Joseph

b.1884-d.1910 The early death of the bread winner causes his wife and children great hardship. And subsequently great sadness with the subject, William, and his sister Rose both being admitted to Epsom Cluster Hospitals at different times. They both died there and are both buried in Horton Cemetery. William’s birth and parents William was born… read more »

HANCOCK, John Charles

b.1869-d.1908 Introduction Initially I searched for John (Charles) Hancock born circa 1869. There were several John’s – far too many to research and only a couple of John Charles who were born in the north of England and seemed to me to be unlikely candidates. I decided to send for John’s death certificate to see… 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 »

STASZEWICZ, Felicja

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 »

PENN, Rose Esther

b.1886-d.1917 Initial research difficulties The search for a Rose Esther Penn buried at Horton Estate Cemetery on 24th April 1917, aged 30, proved to be fruitless but research for a William George Joseph Penn has found perhaps a possible trail. William had a sister Rose Lavinia Penn born around December 1886 and her story could… read more »

JAKEMAN, George

b.1853-d.1908 George Jakeman died on 31st March 1908 in Long Grove Asylum and was buried at Horton Cemetery on the 4th April 1908. The Lunacy Patients Register shows that he was first admitted to Claybury Asylum, Ilford on 6th November 1894, before transferring to Hellingly Asylum, Sussex on 10th March 1904, and then to Long… read more »

MORRISH, Mary

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 »

MCDONALD, Ethel

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 »

BOUTTELL, Catherine

b.1849-d.1910 Childhood Catherine was born in the June quarter of 1849 in South Witham, Lincolnshire to Robert Selby (b.1813) and his wife Elizabeth (née Merry b.1820). In the 1851 Census, Robert is an innkeeper and the family live at the Angel Inn in South Witham. Catherine’s siblings are Elizabeth Mary (b.1841), William Sisson (b.1843), Anne… read more »

HILLIER, Emily

b.1857-d.1910 Introduction Tracing Emily back in time from her death in 1910 reveals that she was institutionalised from as early as 1881, when she would have been no more than about 24 years old. Definitively finding her before that point has proved challenging. What took her to the first asylum also remains unknown. For that… read more »

HENNESSEY, Charles

b.1870 – d.1917 Long Grove records show Charles as being buried on 27th November 1917 age 45 – giving a birth date about 1872. 1870s The only Charles Hennessey I found between 1870 and 1875 was actually registered in the June quarter of 1870 in Camberwell, mother’s maiden name Bryant. This fits well with the… 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 »

CUTHBERT, Alfred

b.1861-d.1918 Alfred Cuthbert was born in Ipswich in the third quarter of 1861, the third child and second son of Richard Fleetwood Cuthbert, a coach painter, and his wife, Ann (née Garnham). The son of Luke and Hannah Cuthbert, Richard Fleetwood Cuthbert was born in 1831 and baptised in Ipswich on the 1st of January… read more »

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