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Jane TROWER’s death certificate

15 Feb

The second of the three GRO certificates that I ordered was the death certificate of Jane TROWER, my 3x great-aunt. I was hoping this certificate would give me a clue as to what Jane was up to between the 1881 census and her death in 1922.

I had mixed results with this one, nothing really conclusive about her past life, but some quite interesting information nevertheless.

Jane died on the 16th December 1922, aged 60 years, at Hill View, Partridge Green in the parish of West Grinstead, Sussex. The cause of death was “cardiac failure resulting from fibro cystic growth in neck”.

It is nice to have a specific address on a certificate, especially one with which I am already familiar. Hill View was where Jane’s sister Sarah TROWER had a lodging house.

Sarah TROWER appears in several county directories between 1909 and 1922 as running (possibly owning) apartments. She is living there in the 1911 census, on her own (business was obviously not going very well).

Interestingly Sarah’s departure from Hill View, or at least when she stopped advertising, coincides with the death of Jane. This makes me wonder if they were in business together.

So Jane wasn’t living with Sarah in 1911 and I still don’t know where she was in 1891 or 1901 either. The only other clue is in her name.

Her death is registered under the name Jane Kate TROWER, this is the only record I have with Jane featuring a middle name. Perhaps Jane is “hiding” under the name Kate in the census.

There is a possible match in the 1891 census, the age is not quite right but the place of birth is probably a mangled spelling of Henfield, Sussex. The death certificate gives Jane’s occupation as “spinster formerly Housekeeper (Domestic)” which is not really going to help in her location and identification.

So really this certificate hasn’t progressed my research a great deal, but it did contain some interesting information.

All I can do now is carry on searching the census and try and verify whether Kate TROWER in the 1891 census is actually Jane. I will also check the probate indexes to see if Jane left a will, that might take me back a few years before her death if one exists.

Another 3x great-aunt with some missing years

11 Jan

Three daughters of my 3x great-grandparents Henry and Jane TROWER of Henfield, Sussex have been causing me some concern. In truth I had forgotten about my problems with them, except for Mercy TROWER, until I started searching in the 1911 census.

Fortunately the disappearance of Mary TROWER has been more or less solved now, with the discovery of her marriage to Emanuel MARX. Mercy is still a bit of a puzzle, but I am hoping to resolve that in the very near future.

The other daughter that has given me some problems is Jane. Jane TROWER was born in 1862, apparently in Henfield. I have entries for her in the 1871 and 1881 census, but then she disappears (or at least I can’t find any trace of her) until her death, somewhere in the Horsham Registration District in 1922.

She actually died on the 16th December 1922, or at least that is the date recorded on her gravestone in Henfield Cemetery. It stands next to that of her parent’s Henry and Jane, so I am certain that it is the correct one.

So it doesn’t look like she married, so that is not the reason why I can’t find her in the 1891, 1901 and now the 1911 census. Interestingly I didn’t find an entry for Jane TROWER in the Henfield burial records, so perhaps she was buried under another name, I am going to have to double check that, make sure there was no other Jane buried around that time.

To be honest I had forgotten about Jane, I had a start and end to her life and that seemed enough, but it is now bugging me that I don’t know what happened in the middle. My brain has already started try and fill in the gap.

Did she marry and then divorce? Did no-one know her married name? Did the stone mason make a mistake? Did she leave the country and only come back later in life? Did she spend time in prison, or an asylum (it is Madness Monday after all)?

It looks like the only source left to turn to is her death certificate, I think once I have resolved my problems with Mercy TROWER I will move on to her sister and order a copy of her death certificate to examine for clues.

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