Ann Morris

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Witness at Martha Tabram's inquest.

Widowed sister-in-law of Martha Tabram and resident of 23 Lisbon Street, Mile End. She stated in her testimony that she saw Tabram about to enter the White Swan public house on Whitechapel High Street at 11.00pm, 6th August 1888[1]. Tabram appeared to be sober at this time[2].

Further information was given in the local press:

The next evidence was that of Mrs. Ann Morris, a very respectable woman, dressed quietly in black. She lived at 23, Fisher-street [sic], Mile End, and said she was a widow, and the sister of Mr. Tabram, the husband of deceased. She last saw deceased alive at 11 o'clock on Bank Holiday. She was then going into a public-house, the sign of which witness thought was the White Swan in the Whitechapel-road. Nothing more was seen of her after that. Deceased drank very heavily. As far as witness' judgement went she considered deceased was on the streets. They were only on speaking terms, and she had seen very little of her lately. Witness had heard she was a hawker, but had never seen her doing anything for a living. Witness knew nothing of the circumstances of her death.[3]

It was also discovered at the inquest that Martha Tabram had been charged several times with 'annoying' Mrs. Morris and was sent before the magistrate where she "was sentenced to seven days".[4]


  1. Inquest report, The Times, 24th August 1888
  2. Evening Standard, 24th August 1888
  3. East London Advertiser, 25th August 1888
  4. Inquest report, The Star, 24th August 1888