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Re: Down syndrome in ancestors

Postby vito74 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:19 pm

Thanks for the information. The marriage was in 1902 John Tomas Grimes to Ethel lily Wheeler. I am not sure if Emily L Grimes was on the electoral in 1964, have to check up. Ethel Elizabeth Grimes might have died in 1919 going to get the death certificate.


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Re: Down syndrome in ancestors

Postby sparrow » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:15 pm

Just a comment on the recording of Down syndrome.
My great uncle (b.1878) almost certain had DS though this (or the description of the mid 20C that i recall, "mongol') was never stated by the family. He was said to have been 'simple minded', but the two photos I have, one from childhood and one as a young adult, strongly suggest DS).
The 1881 and 1891 censuses make no mention at all of his mental condition, with the 1891 census recording him as 'scholar' which I doubt that he was.
In 1901 the annotation in the final column is 'feebleminded since birth'.
He died in 1910 age 32 so I would agree 50 would probably be an unusually long life.
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