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Postby nenepops » Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:02 pm

Hi there,

New to this site so please bear with me!
I have been trying to find information on my great grandma who had a few children in and out of Bromley Institution in Farnborough Kent.
She had my grandad adopted in 1925 when he was 12 but we only found this out when he died :-(.
How can I find information on her? No record on her death anywhere?
Any help would be appreciated.
Ethel Harriet Coppard (Weeden/Weedon was her maiden name).
B Mar 1885 and married Frederick Henry Coppard 1909 Bromley.
Thank you.
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Re: Bromley Institution

Postby Sylcec » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:53 am

Firstly - you may do better to post your query in "Help with your research" rather than "Local History" as it is essentially a genealogical query, rather than one concerned with local history.

Anyway, the first thing that I think you should do, if you have not already done it, is to purchase the marriage certificate for Ethel Weeden to Frederick Coppard as it will give more details about both of them which may be helpful.

Anyway, I have found Ethel in the 1911 census - living with her parents and siblings at No.5 Meadow View, St Paul's Cray, Kent. She is shown as married for 1 year and has had 2 children both of whom have died. There is no indication of the whereabouts of her husband. Knowing his occupation may give a clue as to why he is not with his wife - unless of course he has deserted her. Persons resident in the household are:
Mary Susan Weeden 55 (shown as head) m. 37 yrs, 10 children of whom 8 are living
Joseph Weeden 66
Ethel Coppard 27
Daniel Richard Weeden 24
Arthur Edward Weeden 21
Horace Edward Weeden 15
Voliet Horance Weeden 10

Will post again when I find more.
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Re: Bromley Institution

Postby Sylcec » Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:13 am

I found two births of sons on FreeBMD who probably had Ethel as their mother:
Births Mar 1914 COPPARD John Weeden Bromley 2a 1118
Births Jun 1918 Coppard Horace Weedon Bromley 2a 863
and am guessing that John would probably be your grandfather.

Again I wonder if you have his birth certificate as this will show what his father was doing at the time. It could also be useful to have the birth certificate of his younger brother.

As to more information about the "Bromley Institution" - I am pretty sure that this was the Bromley Workhouse; - the Workhouses site says, among other things, that the Farnborough Hospital now occupies the former Bromley workhouse site. The records are held at Bromley Local Studies library and the link is found on the page URL shown above.

I would surmise that it was not only Ethel's children who were in Bromley Institution, but she herself may also have been there.
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