The birth of Sarah Ann Hayman was registered in Totnes in September quarter, 1858. She married Thomas Palk on 25 March 1877, in Newton Abbot. In July 1880 Thomas was committed to Broadmoor Asylum for th Criminally Insane where he remained until 1915. In 1881 Sarah was employed as a cook in Staverton, near Totnes. Her two children, aged 3 years and 18 months, were being cared for by relatives. Free BMD records the death of a Sarah Ann Palk, aged 30, Dec q 1888, Pancras. Deceased on Line gives her date of death as 20 September, her home address 37 Netley Street, Camden. With the current hiatus at GRO, it is futile to apply for a death certificate at this time. In any case, I am not optimistic a certificate would establish her identity conclusively. In the remote chance that her death was the consequence of accident or self-harm, is there any newspaper report that provides any additional information? She was buried on 21st September. Why was registration of her death delayed until after 1 October? Does the 1891 census indicate that 37 Netley Street was anything other than a domestic dwelling, or suggest why Sarah may have moved there from Devon? Are there any later references on Free Bmd or census records that might relate to Sarah Ann Palk?