In the 1 April 1853 edition of the Welshman the following report can be
On Tuesday last, a girl named Martha Gambold residing in the parish of
Rudbaxton, near Haverfordwest, committed suicide by drowning herself in a
winch on her father's premises. It appears that she was enceinte, and some
angry words on the subject having passed between her parents and herself in
a fit of passion committed the rash deed.
There is no death registered for a Martha Gambold in 1853. The only
Gambold death registered in 1853 was for Ann Gambold in the Apr quarter at
Whilst there were girls called Martha in the Gambold family, there was an
Ann who, according to other family historians, committed suicide 29 March
1853. I don't have her death certificate.
I believe that the newspaper report gave the wrong name, and that this must
have been Ann. However, in 1851 she was living in Spittal village with her
mother Margaret, and step father William James. Her mother was still
living there in 1861. How likely is it that the newspaper report could
also have muddled up the parish as well as her name?
Where would suicides have been buried in 1853?