Ann Froggatt (c.1795-1857)

Ann Froggatt was a lace maker, born at Newborough in Staffordshire to Robert and Margaret Froggatt. In 1825 she suffered a period of poor mental health, attributed to grief at the death of her father.  Ann was first admitted to the Staffordshire lunatic asylum on 26 September 1825 and experienced at least a further four admissions up to August 1834, perhaps prompted by events like the death of her brother John aged only 23.  The parish paid for the cost of her residence at the asylum and it is likely that Ann moved in and out of poverty for the remainder of her life. She was living in the Uttoxeter Union workhouse at the time of the 1851 census, and died in 1857.

NB: this biography is a work in progress and will probably be amended in future as further information from vouchers and other sources becomes available.

Sources: Staffordshire Record Office (SRO) D 3891/35/6/5/9 Uttoxeter overseers’ vouchers 1830-1; SRO D 4585/6 St George’s asylum case book 1818-27, p. 111; SRO  D550/63 St George’s asylum weekly returns of patients 1826-36; burials of Robert Froggatt 2 August 1825 and John Froggatt 19 January 1826, both recorded St Mary’s Uttoxeter; 1851 census.

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