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Female Orphan School of Industry, St John's Wood

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Daftoldbat Report 5 Jun 2014 21:30

Is anyone able to point me in the right direction, please?

Would there be records held anywhere relating to this school at the time of the 1891 census?

I think a great aunt of mine was there, but I'm unsure how to verify this.

Many thanks,



Sylvia Report 5 Jun 2014 21:58

Hello Suzanne.
I would think records would be held for the school. Have you tried putting in your aunts name in the 1891 census to see what comes up. I can have a look for you if you put her details on here. Her name and date of birth, where she was born.


Daftoldbat Report 5 Jun 2014 22:23

Thank you, Sylvia.

Her name was Elizabeth Mary Ann Berry, b 24/6/1881, Islington.

I have looked for her in the 1891 census, by which time her mother had died, and her father had abandoned her. The only possible record I can find that might be her is in an orphan school in St John's Wood.

I have found the correct records for her for both 1901 and 1911censuses.



Sylvia Report 5 Jun 2014 22:56

The address on this 1891 census is Grove Road, corner of St. Johns Wood Orphan School. There is an Elizabeth Berry aged 10, and above her name is Ann Berry aged 10. I am not sure if they are different girls or it has been transcribed incorrectly. See what you think Suzanne.
about Elizabeth Berry
Name: Elizabeth Berry
Age: 10
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1881
Gender: Female
Where born: N
Civil Parish: St Marylebone
Ecclesiastical parish: Emmanuel
County/Island: London
Country: England
Street address:
Condition as to marriage:
Employment status:
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Registration district: Marylebone
Sub-registration district: St John
ED, institution, or vessel: 6
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 103
Folio: 70
Page Number: 28
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry W B Daves 57
Mary Ann T Harris 44
William S Harris 51
Edward Hughes 27
Ellen Champ 28
Alice Seabrook 24
Edith Powell 23
Elizabeth Leeham 38
Mary Christie 56
Annie E Wood 7
Mary Ann Martin 16
Amie Hinkley 13
Lily Florance Poolter 14
Eliza Kate Smith 8
Florance H Vernon 13
Ethel Webb 8
Hellen G Saunders 7
Margaret Mowell 13
Agnes Hall 10
Gertrude D Miller 12
Emily T Coulton 9
Louisa M Imme 11
Emma Talbot 16
Fanny Bailey 14
Ellen Cullen 10
Maria Brown 14
Rosa Humphry 14
Daisy Williams 10
Edith Gadd 13
Emma Selina Biggs 14
Hilda J Biggs 11
Beatrice M E Batting 15
Florence L Ingram 16
Eleanor M Kurton 15
Agnes E Dawson 8
Lily Saunders 8
Emma G Watts 13
Emily J Swift 10
Ada Mary Bigg 11
Janet Girdwood 12
Annie Wynwick 9
Elizabeth H H Iveson 10
Mary A Berry 11
Cleva Beatrice Perz 12
Daisy Launder 10
Edith A Laws 9
Elizabeth Haig 12
Lottie King 9
Rose Gill 8
Nellie Spencer 13
Clarinda Perry 14
Caroline Foster 13
Jane E Hinkley 11
Emily E Myall 11
Florence M Hills 12
Ethel Foulds 8
Julia A Parsons 11
Merian Thomas 14
Alice Maud Perry 13
Annie Wood 13
Lilian C Gross 12
Hellen L Lloyd 10
Elizabeth J Britton 12
Jane Britton 10
Caroline C Williams 11
Ann Berry 10
Elizabeth Berry 10
Eliz E Marschall 10
Caroline T Lyres 16
Grace Baldwin 11
Amelia Ellis 15
Jessie Lyres 14
Maud Southy 15
Kate E Butler 13
Rosetta Butler 11
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Sylvia Report 5 Jun 2014 22:59

I see there is also a Mary A Berry aged 11 in the school


Sylvia Report 5 Jun 2014 23:13

Did your Aunt ever marry



Daftoldbat Report 6 Jun 2014 11:50

Hi Sylvia, yes she did marry but later in life when her man's first wife died.

It is just this orphan school business that I am stuck on, and whilst it doesn't make any difference in the greater scheme of things, it would provide the missing piece of the jigsaw if I was able to prove (or not) that that was where she was in 1891.

She later became a school nurse (1901 census), a superintendent nurse in a workhouse (1911) (a fact she never shared with the family) and later, a hospital matron.

She was a formidable character, and during her lifetime, family members never questioned what she said, believing it all to be true! Alas, not so!

Thanks for your interest,