Recently in my spare time, I was going through some of my many digitized wills and I came across a very interesting fact that I haven’t yet experienced in my genealogy travels. Ida Margaret Watson wife of Edward Arthur Watson had two female children both of whom were listed as being insane patients.
Lilly Keen Watson and her sister Ida Lane Watson were listed in their mothers will as being insane patients in the year 1936.
Now this certainly caught my attention as I have not come across anyone listed as being insane. I began to dig a little deeper. After quite a few searches, even though I was unable to find out just where these two women were actually placed as patients, I did find out that one of them Lilly Keen Watson, was married and had four children. Unfortunately it seems that she left her husband and a lengthy divorce took place between the two.
Between the years of 1925 and 1927 Court proceedings show the breakdown of a marriage with no apparent reason.
This new information has now led me into a new research area of finding out about just how patients were diagnosed back then.
I have so many new questions like why were both sisters placed into care and where exactly?
Searching out the life of these two women who were apparently insane patients for me is a bit like heading down into the dark shady streets of a past life.
The one thing I have on my side however is hindsight, and it's now going to be my project to find out as much of the truth about these women as I can and shine a light into the darkness.