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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 through the records highlighted the fact that the surname ‘Morrish’ seemed to be concentrated in the counties of Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall.

On Wednesday 28 November 1894, Mary was admitted to Ladbroke Road Infirmary, St Marylebone, where she was recorded as being a single Needle[woman], and her religion as Church of England. Her next of kin was recorded as “Bro unknown – 26 Poplar Rd, Camberwell”. Mary was discharged by the Medical Superintendent on Monday 7 January 1895.

Although no admission record has been found, Mary was discharged by her own request from the Princes Road Workhouse, Lambeth, on 3 September 1895.

The City Road Workhouse [St Luke’s Workhouse] and other workhouse Admissions and Discharge Registers record that on Saturday 1 February 1896, Mary, a single dressmaker, was admitted to the Holborn Union’s casual ward where she stayed until she was discharged by her own request on 17 March 1896. The Register records that later that year, on 9 December, she was admitted to the Mitcham Workhouse in Western Road, Mitcham, which was part of the Holborn Union. On 18 December 1896, with Christmas being only a week away, Mary was transferred in time for dinner into the casual ward in the Holborn Union Workhouse. Her discharge date was recorded as being on 3 February 1897.

The whereabouts of Mary when the 1901 Census was taken is unknown.

Mary was admitted again into the Mitcham Workhouse on 28 November 1901, where she stayed until 17 February 1902, she was then transferred to the City Road Workhouse. From there, she was discharged on 22 March 1902 into the care of the Horton Manor Asylum in Epsom, Surrey. Her records note that she had been a dangerous lunatic for several weeks, and that she had no known relatives. Mary died on 21 September and was buried in grave 52 in Horton Estate Cemetery on 26 September 1902.


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