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    When Ruhamah was born her parents were not married so her official surname is Knight.....though she often used Trevail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brockdj View Post
    When Ruhamah was born her parents were not married so her official surname is Knight.....though she often used Trevail.
    I feel the Bodmin Lunatic Asylum is quite a possibility. Is there any way of getting more information on inmates?
    The 1891 census entry seems very vague.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brockdj View Post
    I feel the Bodmin Lunatic Asylum is quite a possibility. Is there any way of getting more information on inmates?
    The 1891 census entry seems very vague.
    Probably. The records are at Cornwall Record Office - see their description at
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    cornwall.gov.uk/community-and-living/records-archives-and-cornish-studies/cornwall-record-office/cornwall-record-office-collections/voluntary-organisations/#Hospitals

    The one you want is listed as "St Lawrence's Hospital (formerly County Asylum)", and it gives some reference numbers to use in the online catalogue at
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    crocat.cornwall.gov.uk/DServe/dserve.exe?dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=Sea rch.tcl

    HC1 was the reference with most results (over 500) but you can restrict that by putting a word such as Admission in the AnyText box.

    Once you've identified the likely document(s) it will be a case of either asking the record office staff to look for an entry and copy it, or finding someone who could visit and do it on your behalf.

    Hospital records in the UK usually have a closure period of 75 or 100 years, but this shouldn't apply here.

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    Thank you arthurk and helachau. The offices you suggested have been as helpful as they could be. Nothing can be confirmed re the RTs in the 1818 and 1891 censuses being Ruhamah Trevail, but I have a hunch you have put your finger on it. I am still looking for a death or burial record for Ruhamah.

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