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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 »


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 »


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 »

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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


b.1862-d.1908 1860s Maud was born Mary Bridget in 1862 in the Westminster registration district to Thomas GANLEY, 1826-1877, and Mary, née MEANY, 1828-1896 – the seventh of ten children. Both Thomas, a tailor, and Mary came from Ireland. They married on 7 February 1847 in Westminster and had the following children: William 1848 – 1851… read more »

JERVIS, Arthur

b.1863-d.1908 Early life Arthur was born in the December Quarter of 1863 in the Lambeth registration district. His parents Henry William Bury Jervis (1824-1876) and Caroline, née Burnett (1827-1913), had married at the Parish Church in the Parish of Christ Church, Surrey on 14 September 1845. Henry gave his occupation as a tailor – as… read more »

DAVIS, Charles Augustus

b.1863-d.1908 1850s-1860s Charles was born on 29 January 1863 at 27 Hemsworth Street, Shoreditch, Hoxton Old Town registration district to Alfred Davis, a Master Cabinet Maker, and Jane, née Hunt. They had married in 1855. Charles was the fifth child of nine: Agnes Sarah 1856 – 1944 (married Thomas Flaherty, a harness maker, in 1882)… 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 »

RUMBOLD, Bertram

b.1877-d.1918 Bertram Rumbold was born Bertie Frederick Rowter in Epsom in the March quarter of 1877. He was baptised on the 4th of February 1877 at St. Mary’s Church Ewell. He was the fourth child born to James Frederick Rowter, a watch maker, and Eliza Christiana Rowter, née Hodges. His father died in 1876. Bertram’s… read more »


b.1876-d.1918 Introduction This is a sad story of a child born in a poor area of London. Throughout his life he was in and out of various institutions and spent his last ten years in Long Grove Asylum. Pre Birth Walter’s father, William Mannock was born in Lancashire in 1833. In 1841 he is living… read more »


b.1874-d.1919 Introduction William was admitted to three institutions during his life. The causes of his mental health problems are unknown, but they started when he was only 13. 1860s William Bromley Liddiard’s parents were Henry Pender Liddiard and Susan Liddiard, née Bromly. They were married in the December quarter of 1862 in the St. George… 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 »

LAIT, Alfred Benjamin

b.1866-d.1909 Alfred’s birth – 1866 Alfred was born in 1866, in the small village of Weeley in Essex. The village is approximately 7 miles from Clacton-on-Sea, it is part of the civil parish of Tendring. The name Weeley came from the Old English ‘Weo-Leah” meaning temple clearing. There may have been a heathen temple there…. 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 »

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 »

KENNY, Alexander Sylvester John

b.1894-d.1919 Early Life Alexander’s parents were Alexander Sylvester Kenny and Sophia Kenny, née Green. The birth of Sophia Green was registered in the June quarter of 1874 in Bethnal Green. She was baptised on 26th of April 1874 at St James the Great Church, Bethnal Green. She was born on 29th of March 1874. Her… 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 »

ELVIN, Harry

b.1866 – d.1909 Early life Harry Elvin was born in 1866 at Long Milford on the borders of Suffolk and Essex. Long Milford is a quintessential picturesque village. This area was made famous by artists like Constable and Gainsborough. In the 1871 Census, 5-year-old Harry is living with his father William, aged 31, and mother… 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 »

ABBOTT, Mary Winchester

b.1872 – d.1927 – American Author Victorian Connecticut Mary Winchester ABBOTT was born on 30 December 1872 in Woodbury, Connecticut, USA, to The Reverend Alvin Van Rensselaer ABBOTT, 45, and Mary Chase, who was 41. The 1880 census has Mary living with her family in Orient, Southold a community at the North East tip of… read more »

JORDAN, Edward George

b.1877 – d.1917 Taking his year of birth from his age at death, only two children with his name were born in 1877 according to the GRO. One died in 1879, the other, born to Isaac and Mary, was registered in June quarter 1877, Romford, Essex, (v4a/p186), mother’s maiden name Pettit. I also found his… 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.1844 – d.1910 – Victorian Star of Stage – Mr. Byron PEDLEY was born in Q4 1844, in Chorlton-upon-Medlock in Manchester. (GRO District Chorlton, v20, p237), to John and Mary. Byron had a very successful comedy acting career. He clearly enjoyed causing laughter as a low comedy actor, a dramatic form of popular entertainment without any primary… read more »


b. 1893 – d. 1941 – Flamenco Extraordinaire Félix García’s full name was Félix Fernández García, the García part coming from his mother´s maiden name. Félix, famed Spanish dancer, and subject of Picasso, was confined at the Long Grove asylum, after he started acting peculiar, soon after being possibly deceived by The Ballet Russes director,… read more »

BATES, Beatrice Miriam

b.1881 – d.1933 – A Grieving Wife Intro Much of the story of Beatrice is a result of information given to us by a living relative; in which we discover more than what can be found in records alone. 1880s Beatrice Miriam HUGHES was born in Pimlico, London in 1880 to John Hughes (b.1849), originally… read more »


b.1839 – d.1912 – The Widow and the Decorator – The mysterious story of someone who wasn’t who they seemed. Amelia FRANCIS a.k.a. Mrs. Lavinia EVERLEY nee TEMPLEMAN. On December 28th 1911, a mysterious widow was arrested for begging on Grays Inn road, giving the name Amelia FRANCIS. After being remanded she was sent to… 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 »

FLYNN, James David

b.1873 – d.1917 Intro The burial register has James’ burial as 7th April 1917 age 44. This gives an approximate year of birth as 1873. 1870s I found and confirmed a birth of James David Flynn in Poplar Union in March quarter of 1872 and his mother’s maiden name was Sullivan GRO: 1872, Q1, Poplar,… read more »


b. 1857 – d.1915 – A Victorian Murder Case Intro For a brief, but intense period, Mark Skull found himself an unwilling player in a classic Victorian murder case and endured having his family life and loss splashed across the newspapers in the UK and wider world. It was a personal tragedy that caused him… read more »


b.1888 – d.1910 Early Life Dorothy Betty Hardwick was born in Cheltenham on 17 February 1888, the second child of Walter Henry Hardwick and Sarah Mary West. They had married in December 1884 in Tewkesbury, Gloucs. Dorothy was baptised at St Peter’s Church, Cheltenham on 8 April 1888. The family would grow to 7 children… read more »

FURY, Sylvester

b.1861 – d.1910 Intro A summary of the evidence it has been possible to locate for Sylvester is a sad story of a person who spent most of his life in institutions. The 1851 census shows Sylvester’s mother Ann Pickett, aged 11, living with her mother Mary Winters, a shoe binder. Early Life On October… read more »


b. 1887 – d. 1910 On 26 September 1870 Hanrich Frederick Ferdinand Schmidt married Sophia Hutchings at Christ Church, Somers Town, Pancras. Ferdinand, the name he seems to have used, had been born in Celle, Hanover and had arrived in London at some time after 1861 as he does not appear in the census for… read more »


b.1867 – d.1918 Intro. According to Poor Law Removal and Settlement records, Edward Maidment, aged 46 and described as ‘lunatic’ was, on the 25th of April, 1914, resident at Long Grove. Underneath his name, is written “properly Maidman, Edwin Albert”. As we will see, Edward’s change of name had occurred many years before, probably as… read more »

STAFFORD, Henry Alfred

b.1864 – d.1918 Henry Alfred Stafford was born in Holborn in the third quarter of 1864 to George Richard Stafford, aged 28, and his wife Emma (née Nichols), aged 27. George, a bootmaker, was the son of George Stafford, a pianoforte maker, and his wife Jane (née Clee). Emma was the daughter of Samuel Nichols,… read more »

MASTIN, Alfred

b.1864 – d.1909 Alfred was born in September 1864 in Bethnal Green, to William age 34 and Mary age 33, her maiden name was Haddon. Alfred had 2 older brothers and 2 sisters. In the 1860’s Bethnal Green was mainly full of tumbledown old buildings with many families living in each house. By the end… read more »

BROOK, Herbert

b. 1864 – d.1909 Herbert was born 10 April 1864; their address was 1 Sparkes Cottage, Graham Street West, St. George, Hanover Square, London. His father was James Joseph Brooks age 37, James was a police constable and his mother Ellen was also 37. Ellen was born in Clayton, Suffolk, her maiden name was Fenn…. 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 »

FUZZENS, William

b.1875 – d.1915 Intro The wider Fuzzens family are well-established in Windsor, particularly, and one member was the first Labour Mayor of the town. There is a Fuzzens Walk in the centre and a blue plaque to local historian Fred Fuzzens (1921-1995). A Fuzzens family tree on Ancestry suggests that his mother was born in… read more »

BEADON, Walter

b.~1871 – d.1915 The story of Walter Beadon is among the saddest of the many troubled souls who ended their days at Long Grove Hospital and subsequently received a pauper’s burial and grave in Horton Cemetery, Epsom. Until now a forgotten man in a forgotten cemetery. It is also a story that brings sharp focus… read more »


b.1913 – d.1948 Intro Josef’s story has been compiled by FOHC researcher, MOD records and information provided by Josef’s son. Early Years Josef was born in Krzyzowa, Kraków, Poland on 11 February 1913, to parents Wojciech and Anna (nee Slowik). Before joining the army Josef was a clerk at the Craft Guild. War Years Josef… read more »

FRESTON nee EDWARDS, Catherine Louisa

b. 1829 – d. 1914 Intro Catherine Louisa Edward’s precise date of birth is not known but she was baptised on the 24th August 1829 in Stroud, Gloucestershire. It is likely her birth year was also 1829. Her parents were George Edwards and Sarah Sophia. 1840s On the 16th May 1848 Catherine Louisa Edwards married… read more »


b. 1848 – d. 1909 1840s Martha Sarah Agatha Waters was baptised at St Mary’s Church, Ewell on the 26th March 1848. She was the daughter of Thomas Waters, a carrier, and his wife Elizabeth. 1850s The 1851 census showed the family living in Green Man Street in Ewell (now the High Street). Thomas was… read more »

KENT, Edward John

b. 1875 – d. 1917 Working from the Long Grove record of Edward’s death in 1917, we found his birth in the March quarter of 1875 and his mother’s maiden name was Bone. He was baptised at St Giles, Camberwell. 1880s In 1881 the family were living  at 19 Mosedale Street Camberwell. His father Edward… read more »

MEAD nee GROVER, Daisy

b. 1878 – d. 1914 Intro 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… read more »

SEARS, Albert

b. 1889- d. 1910 1880s Albert William Sears was born on 1 February 1889 in Hoxton, Shoreditch to Alfred Seers (born in Bristol about 1845 according to his 1881 Census data when his trade is given as Marble Polisher) and Eliza Smith (born in Shoreditch about 1853 according to her 1881 Census data.) From the… 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 »

BROWN, Alfred Albert

b.1875 – d. 1910 This is a story that will require revisiting once we can obtain more information from the non-digitised Asylum records which may name family members or previous addresses. Assumptions could be made but are not going to be made here until evidence can be provided. From the evidence we have available today,… read more »

STIDDIFORD (Stideford), Edith

b.1883 – d.1917 The parents of Edith Stideford, Nicholas and Elizabeth (nee Lovell), were both born in Devon and were married in Devon in the December Q of 1863. (Nicholas may have been married before in Devon, perhaps in the December Q of 1847.) In the 1881 Census they were living at 16 Dante Road,… read more »

MUNDY, George (Baby)

b.1909 – d.1909 Although this story is named for baby George MUNDY who lived for 11 days after being born in Long Grove Hospital and subsequently was buried in Horton Cemetery, the story is mainly about his mother Ada MUNDY (nee Popel) alias Moslin. George Mundy was born on the 12th February 1909 in Long… read more »


b. 1884 – d. 1910 John is something of a mystery. His first mention in the records is at aged 20, with no family connections. Indeed, he was the only person with this surname in the entire record collections [available today]. The full story of John’s life will probably never be known but from the… read more »


b.1878 – d.1917 Alfred Kearney was born in 1878, his birth was registered in the March Q in Camberwell registration district. His mother’s maiden name was WEBB, which I discovered through the Passport Office GRO site. 1880s The 1881 Census shows his family living with his widowed grandmother Mary Webb, a laundress, at 54 Stanton… read more »


b.1858-d.1910 A summary of the evidence it has been possible to locate for Arnold is a sad story. Arnold was born Conrad Arnold August Bahruth in 1858 in Germany. The first time Arnold appears in the UK records (so far) is his marriage in 1899 in Hampstead, London to Alice Weigh, so we shall start… 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 »

BOWDERY nee CORK, Agnes Bessy

b.1844-d.1914 Agnes Bessie Corke was born in the 4th Quarter of 1844 in the Registration District of Camberwell, London, although her actual birth place was probably Peckham. The parents of Agnes were Matthew Corke and Ann Garland Corke nee Lee. They had married in Melcombe Regis, Dorset in 1839. Matthew had been born in Seal… 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 »

KELLAND, Henry Philip Chambers

Story Version number = 2 Friends of Horton Cemetery Researcher – Jennifer Llewellyn Born: 1st April 1867 at 03.45. 20 Clarendon Crescent, Edinburgh. His parents were Professor Philip Kelland 1809 – 1879 and Alexandrina Jeanette Donaldson (maiden surname Boswall) 1823 – 1907 Philip was a Professor of Mathematics at Edinburgh University – the first Englishman… read more »

LUSK, George Alfred

b. 1869 – d.1918 – Son of The Ripper’s Nemesis – George Alfred Lusk was born in the March quarter of 1869 and his birth was registered in Mile End Old Town registration district. He was born in the East End of London to an East End family. He replaced a brother with the same… read more »

MARHAM, Adeline Miriam

b.1887-d.1915 Adeline Miriam Marham was born on the 19th of August 1887 in the Union Workhouse, Docking Norfolk. She was born to an unmarried 22-year-old mother named Harriet, a domestic worker from the neighbouring village of South Creake. Adeline was not Harriet’s first child, she had a son a few years earlier named Robert. Life… read more »

FELL, Sachinais Alicia

b.1873 – d.1910 Very little can be found of Sachinais Alicia Fell. The only records showing such a name are the records from the workhouse and asylums. Therefore this could be a false or ‘preferred’ name. Without speculating it is impossible to link Sachinais to any family whatsoever. In fact there are no records for… read more »

PELHAM, George

b.1873 – d.1939 – Titanic Survivor – Mr. George Pelham survived the sinking on the 15 April, 1912 and  is believed to have escaped in Lifeboat 16. Story taken from: George Pelham : Titanic Survivor ( Mr George Pelham was born at 7 Castle Square, Bethnal Green, London, Middlesex, England on 28 January 1873. He… 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 »


b.1858 – d.1909 Early life 1858 to 1871 Emma Holliman’s birth was registered in the March Q of 1858. The transcription of a Baptism Record for Emma Holliman has been found giving Emma’s birth date as 20/10/1857.  The church was Holy Trinity, Vauxhall Bridge Road, which is very close to Bessborough Place, where Emma is… read more »