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    I doubt Helen was born in the Princess Mary Village the village was
    Princess Mary’s Village Homes was the brainchild of two local ladies, Mrs Meredith and Miss Cavendish, who conceived the idea of building cottages in a village as a home for daughters of women prisoners.
    Chertsey Museum has some info about the homes http://chertseymuseum.org/pmvh
    there are some pictures and the 1881 census on http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/AddlestoneIS/


    there is also an index for the case book which does have Helen on it but says the same as FMP
    https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/culture-...e-homes-pupils

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandiep View Post
    I doubt Helen was born in the Princess Mary Village
    Sorry, I didn't word it well. Her birth was noted as being Aug 1872 and there is a record of her in the Princess Mary Village Homes, but the admission/departure dates don't make sense - Admitted 6 Dec 1883, Departure 14 Nov 1877. Whichever date is correct it was, by that time, an Industrial School.

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    Hi Jomot

    yes unfortunately the index I mentioned also had the dates like that maybe it should be 1887? It was always a school that they formed but the fact that it was started for prisoners children maybe we can find a Prisoner called Wilson that fits needle in haystack though I think.....but does seem like Aug 1872 seems to be preferred date do you think

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandiep View Post
    but does seem like Aug 1872 seems to be preferred date do you think
    Hi Sandiep

    Yes, I agree. Its frustrating that the admission/leaving dates don't make sense & she cant be found there on any census, but it's a huge coincidence if it's not her. Hopefully the case history / background notes will shed more light on things, should the OP follow up on them (I hope so - I'm intrigued!).

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    Hi Jomot1 and Sandiep

    The Princess Mary Village Homes could answer a lot of questions. Especially if the residents came from across the country, and not just Surrey.

    There doesn’t appear to be a birth for a Helen Elizabeth Wilson in 1872.

    The 1901 & 1911 census say she was born in Yarmouth. But that could be a ploy to hide her or a family members past.

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