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Thomas Bassett b.1845 Marylebone

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Moonbeam Report 29 Apr 2013 23:27

Thanks for looking MarieCeleste. I must say the two signatures do look very similar but if she did not sign herself I wonder why they wouldn't have put 'the mark of etc."


Have to go out now. Will be back in a few hours.


ChristinaS Report 30 Apr 2013 09:57

Re the Thomas Bassett and Emma Elsley marriage certificate, I have to agree that it looks as though the signatures for Emma Elsley and witness James George Elsley were signed by the same person :-S The registrar must have been looking the other way at that point!

I think the Thomas Bassett death posted by Chris Ho, above, may well have been in the Workhouse Hospital, not the workhouse itself. Going back a few pages, a list of people who died in the workhouse is given, in date order. Thomas Bassett isn't on that list.

Can't see a likely death for Emma Bassett, except the one you have already sent off for. 1885 in Chelsea. Is it definitely not her?


Moonbeam Report 30 Apr 2013 13:40

Hi Christina - thanks for replying.

I agree the two signatures for Elsley do look similar. I'd looked at that burial before for Thomas Bassett but was unable to find a matching death record. The only one at that time is given as aged 42, but he was about 46 according to birth and burial records. I know the ages are not always correct. The registration district is given as Kensington which included Paddington so could include the area of the workhouse. I need to check this a bit more - the location of the workhouse - and maybe order the cert.

The cert I have for Emma Bassett is definitely the wrong one - it is for an Emma the wife of William Bassett a florist.

It's 8.30 am here and I have to get ready to go out but will check in later.