She died in the workhouse

Yesterday I posted Thomas Pusey’s death certificate.  I also received the certificate for his wife, Anna (or Joanna) and am sharing it today.

The first thing I noticed is that she lived to be 102 years old!  Wow!  Her cause of death is listed as old age.

And the next thing I noticed is she died in the Union Workhouse in Cranbrook, Kent, England.

I”m assuming that she wasn’t actually doing any work in that workhouse – I mean could you really work at 102?  I know that workhouses were places where the poor could find a place to live and employment.  I’m assuming that she was being taken care of there.

How sad to die alone and poor.  Her husband passed away 25 years before her, which I’m sure left her without an income.  She had 12 children that I know of, but as far as I know the majority of them died at an early age.  If she lived to be 102, then her children were at the very least in their 60′s and 70′s – probably not in any shape to be caring for an aged parent.  I wonder that she didn’t have any grandchildren or great-grandchildren that could have cared for her.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever know the circumstances of her life in the workhouse, but I did find a site that contained pictures of the building, which is still standing.

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  • Cherie Cayemberg - March 26, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Jen,

    She may have been in the workhouse with family. I believe that there are lists of people that went to workhouses, although I’ve never gone in search of them. Just something we were told at the NGS conference. You may be able to see if any of her surviving children/grandchildren were there. It certainly could be that she was there alone and just living out the remainder of her life, but she may have had others from her family with her.

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