Rose Seabourne No Burial Record

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No Burial Record for Rose Seabourne  March 1860- 16 Oct 1896

This has been a brick wall in my research of my husband's family tree for several years now. His great-grandmother Rose Seabourne/Seaborne (born Wren) died of uterine cancer aged just 35 in Marylebone Infirmary (which I think is now called St Charles Hospital) on 16th October 1896. She left a husband (Robert Seabourne) and three school-age children (Rose, Florence  and WIlliam  - the latter being my husband's grandfather on his mother's side). The children were sent to various institutions as boarders (William and Mabel to St Marylebone Parochial School in Southall, Florence to Sudbury Hall School, Harrow). We assume that Robert could not work and look after them, but we don't really know. He was employed as a Paint Mixer (Colourman) so wouldn't have earned much; the family moved often, perhaps avoiding the rent man!!  The siblings did manage to keep in contact. Their father Robert died in 1900 and is in an unmarked grave in Finchley; Rose is not with him. So although I have the death record (parish of Westminster, St Marylebone), I have never been able to find out exactly where Rose was interred (or perhaps she was cremated?).  The first page of the register appears to be missing (or at least not scanned). We had hoped to find out because my mother in law had always wanted to know where her grandmother was buried - but sadly she passed away in 2016 without knowing.  

Does anyone has any idea about where to look next...?  I've done all the usual sites: Ancestry, Billion Graves, Find A Grave, Free BMD, etc.  Could the records have been lost?  I'm stumped! I'd be grateful for any advice. 

This is the Parish Register Entry number: 

London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: STMBG/178/001

Thank you,


in Genealogy Help by Elaine Jackson G2G Crew (650 points)

3 Answers

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Findmypast only has this

First name(s) ROSE


Gender Female

Birth day -

Birth month -

Birth year 1861

Age 35

Death quarter 4

Death year 1896

District Kensington

County London

Volume 1A

Page 62

Country England

Record set England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Civil Deaths & Burials

Collections from Great Britain, England

(c) brightsolid online publishing ltd

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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by Anonymous Baker G2G6 Mach 2 (22.3k points)
edited by Anonymous Baker
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Rose is shown in the collection "London, England, Poor Law Hospital Admissions and Discharges, 1842-1918" (see free-to-view image at as being "discharged" (due to death) on 16 October 1896, so it looks like she died in the workhouse infirmary. Since she was in the workhouse and you mentioned that her husband would not have earned much, it seems quite likely that he would not have been able to afford a burial for her, in which case she would have ended up in a pauper's grave.

For an interesting, if somewhat unpleasant, article about paper's graves you might like to have a look at, where it says that 17 or 18 bodies could be interred in a single grave. I would guess that they might not have kept good records of exactly who was buried where, so unfortunately you may never be able to find her precise resting place.

by Paul Masini G2G6 Pilot (257k points)

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