Ann Gilbert

Ann Gilbert was the fifth child of farmer William Gilbert and his wife Elizabeth (née Brightley) of Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.

In November 1865, when Ann was aged 27 and unmarried, she gave birth to a son that she named Edward.

Five years later, Ann married William Drake at Littleport, who was at least 17 years her senior. Both are noted as illiterate - and Ann still appears to be illiterate in 1881, when she appears as a witness (alongside her husband) at the second marriage of her sister Jane Jackson (née Gilbert) to George Merrell at St. Matthew's Church, Littleport.

After William's death, Ann is shown as a widow and living alone at Burnt Chimney Drove by 1891, although her only son Edward, is living just a couple of houses away.

Ann was admitted to Fulbourn County Lunatic Asylum, where she died in 1916. Her type of mental illness is not documented.

Further Details

16th November 1838, in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.

16th December 1838 at St. George's Church, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.




12th March 1916, at Fulbourn County Lunatic Asylum, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.

Not yet known.