I have known for a long time that my great grandmother x2, died at the County Asylum. On one of my visits to Devon I visited the Record Office and read pages and pages of detail all about her. She was suicidal on admission but also already suffering from TB. Over 3 years she never got better but eventually died in the Asylum. Her family had her bodied removed and it was buried at the church where she was baptised. I wonder if they ever visited her in the hospital?
BUT now with this new index I have found my great grandmother x 3 (mother of the above.) She was also a patient. Her name was MARY CARTER of Dotton Mills. The same mill as featured on the Time Team programme several years ago!
Mary Carter was born Mary Dyer of Pitson in 1818. She was admitted to the Devon Asylum three times: in May 1861, July 1863 and May 1865.
She had 10 children, the last was born in 1859. I would love to know why she was ill and what treatment she received. Presumably between admissions she was back at the mill. She was certainly at the mill in 1871 and died there in 1876 aged 57yrs.
Would anyone be interested in following up her story? It might be years before I can get down to Devon again but I'm desperate to know what troubled Mary! Please if there is anyone who goes regularly to the Record Office and has a bit of time ......
I have never paid for research, it's not really in my mind set. Just wondered if anyone might be intrigued. People in my U3A family history group are all really jealous of the wonderful records that we have available in Devon. It's just that I live hundreds of miles away!
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