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MEAD nee GROVER, Daisy

b. 1878 – d. 1914


Daisy was living in the Manor Asylum when she died. She was said to be 35 years of age at death on the 12th October 1914. She was buried in the Horton Estate Cemetery on the 16/10/1914. If this age of 35 is correct this would make her birth about 1878-1880.

There are two girls called Daisy Mead registered in this period, but neither one is the Daisy we are looking for as they can be identified elsewhere later. So, we must assume that Daisy married into the Mead family.

There are 9 marriages between 1895 and 1910 of a Mr. Mead possibly marrying a Daisy. All bar one can definitely be excluded because the Daisy concerned is traced elsewhere later in life, or was born outside the likely birth period, or the Mr. Mead married someone else.

The only marriage likely to be correct is between a John Charles Mead and a Daisy Grover. Daisy Grover had been born and her birth registered in the name of Daisey Grover in the 4th Qtr 1878 in Hackney District. (In all other documents discovered, her first name is shown as Daisy).

The marriage between John Charles Mead and Daisy Grover took place on the 21st October 1900 in the Parish Church of St Marylebone. John Charles Mead is shown as being 26, a bachelor, an Ironmonger Salesman. He is living at 24 North Street. His father was also named John Charles Mead, a Railway Station Master. Daisy Grover is shown as age 21, a spinster without occupation, living at 3 Park Road. Her father is shown as George Massey Grover. His occupation reads as Haller (presumably Hatter). There are two witnesses to the marriage, an A Adams and an E Grover. Daisey Grover did have an elder sister named Edith so this could have been her.


We first find Daisy in the 1881 census. The address appears to be 1 Paulin Place, Southwark. The occupants are

  • G Grover, head, married aged 34, a Potman, born Shoreditch
  • George Grover, son, aged 11, born Lambeth
  • Edith Grover, daughter, aged 9, born Lambeth

Daisy Grover, daughter, aged 2, born Hackney The 3 children all appear in the Birth records with the mother’s maiden name being shown as Howard.  The only marriage record for a George Grover marrying a Howard is in 1875 at Bethnal Green when George Grover married a Susannah Howard. This seems likely to be the correct marriage, but they must therefore have lived together for some time earlier. As can be seen Susannah was not with the family at the time of the 1881 census and she has not been identified elsewhere.


The only possible record for Daisy is in the 1891 census, held on the night of Sunday 5th April 1891, where there is a listing of a Daisy Grover, aged 13, a scholar, (no other information given) who is at an Institution called the S.M.D. School for Girls at Banstead Road, Sutton, Surrey. S.M.D. stood for South Metropolitan District. The school accommodated children from the South London Workhouses. At the time of the Census there were 450 girls listed and there was a staff of 48 people looking after and teaching the girls.


It is not known when Daisy left the School in Sutton but as recorded earlier, she married John Charles Mead in 1900 and we are able to find them together in the 1901 census. The entry has been wrongly transcribed on the Ancestry website to show the surname as Mood rather than Mead.

John C Mead and Daisy Mead are found living at 184 Iverson Road, Hampstead. John is shown as aged 26, an Ironmongers Assistant, born in Builth Water, Breconshire, Wales.  Daisy Mead, is shown as aged 22, born Homerton (part of Hackney). No occupation is shown.

John and Daisy are blessed with 3 children

  • Gladys Irene Mead, who was born in the 4th Qtr 1901, at Hampstead
  • Charles William Thomas Mead, who was born 2nd Qtr 1906, also at Hampstead
  • Doris Constance Mead, born in the 1st Qtr 1908, this time at Edmonton.

Sadly, Charles died whilst only aged 1, his death being recorded in the 1st Qtr 1907 at Hampstead.


In 1910 Daisy has become unwell. Records in the UK Lunacy Patients Admission Registers 1846-1912 show she had been admitted to the Manor Asylum at Epsom on the 30th May 1910. No other information regarding the circumstances or of her condition are given. The register does show that she remained in the Manor until her death on the 12th October 1914. She was then buried in the Horton Estate Cemetery.

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