Sarah Ann Palk. Mission impossible?

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  1. Brentor boy

    Brentor boy Active Member

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    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?
     
  2. AnnB

    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    The only reference I can find to a Sarah Ann Palk in the papers is the following - so if this is your Sarah, then it can't be the one who died in London. I'll keep looking to see if I can find anything else.

    Western Times 18th January 1901
    Sarah Ann Palk, Teignmouth, at Newton Abbot County Court on Friday sued Mrs Dickson, of independent means, in respect of her separate estate to recover £19 11s 11d for dilapidations. Defendant did not appear, but sent medical certificate instead asking for an adjournment. Mr J. Hutchings for plaintiff opposed any further adjournment as this was the second which had been asked for. No notice had been given him. The case was proceeded with. Mr Hutchings said that £7 11s 5d was in respect to damage to the premises and the balance for damage to furniture. When Mrs Palk went to take possession of the furnished house which defendant had occupied for two years, she found it a disgraceful state. One bedroom had been turned into a poultry yard (laughter) and the drains were all choked. Plaintiff experienced considerable difficulty in getting charwomen to clean it. The place was infested with fleas, and plaintiff had to go out into the yard to get rid of them, and after counting 52 she stopped (laughter). Plaintiff said she let Vine Cottage, Teignmouth, as a furnished house for £45 a year, plaintiff to pay the rates. Defendant went in possession in 1898 and left last September when she found the bedding gone and other articles missing. Pigeons and fowls had been kept in the bedroom, and all the furniture bad been broken and there was not a sound thing in the house. The place swarmed with mice, black beetles and fleas (laughter). T Curry, upholsterer, described the condition of the place as deplorable There was no seat in the sofa and no backs or legs on the chairs (laughter) His Honour said that was sufficient and gave a verdict for the amount claimed with costs. Having decided the case in the absence of the defendant he was not at all satisfied that the defendant could not be represented there if she could not attend herself. There was a process which justice could be done to her.
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I don't think the Sarah Ann Palk in the above article is yours - I think she is this one from the probate index in Ancestry - sorry :(
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    It looks like 37 Netley Street, was just a house
    In 1881 2 families are enumerated as living there
    Charles Spring and family (a pianoforte case maker) and James Newman and wife (a cab driver)
    In 1891 3 families are now living at no. 37
    Arthur Camp and family (a woodturner), Charles Andrews and family (a brassfounder) and John Clare and wife (a bricklayer)
    None have servants, although it might just be possible that the Spring's may have employed her after the census was taken (just a guess)

    Netley St. comes under St Pancras.
     
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    It looks like 37 Netley Street is still there and viewable on Streetview. The building looks to be original for the most part.
     
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    Details of the burial of Sarah Ann Palk on 21 Sep 1888 at Camden, London are available at deceasedonline.
     

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