Madness Monday: George Thomas GASSON the end of the trail

1 Jun

Having viewed the case notes for George Thomas GASSON during his time at Hellingly asylum there really was nowhere else to go.

The case notes were much the same as those from Haywards Heath asylum. There were no major incidents, no sudden changes in condition, just a slow and gradual decline.

There may be a few other administrative records which may mention George Thomas, which may be worth checking, such as the records for Cuckfield Union who paid for his care. They are unlikely to add much to the story of George Thomas, but I need to check them just in case.

These records are unlikely to answer the one big question that still remains with me: Who in the family actually knew what happened to George Thomas GASSON?

I am proud to have uncovered his story and one day (sooner rather than later) I will put together the full story in one document and make sure it is never lost (or hidden) again.

[next week: George Thomas GASSON wasn't just a lunatic - some notes on George Thomas before mental illness took hold]

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2 Responses to “Madness Monday: George Thomas GASSON the end of the trail”

  1. amyrebba June 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    Interesting post. How were you able to get your hands on the records from an asylum. I ran into this once in my research, but because I wasn’t a next of kin (like there is such a thing when most of our research is three or more generations removed) they would not release the records to me.

    It’s also great to see posts like this. I was hoping someone would take off with stories of missing and crazy ancestors. Great post.

  2. wanderinggenealogist June 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Hi Amy, thanks for your comments. It was surprisingly easy to access the records. East Sussex Record Office were very helpful in explaining the access conditions, although it was also in the online catalogue (Access to Archives).

    I was fortunate that many of the records were over 100 years old, so already classified as open to anyone. For the more recent ones I had to write to the NHS records manager to get permission to view them.

    At no time however did anyone actually ask me to prove I was related to George Thomas, although I think I had all the certificates to prove it if I had to.

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