George Dinnis, my great grandfather was baptised on the 18 May 1853 along with his twin sister, Cora at the Brighton Chapel Royal. The next document I came across unfortunately was the death certificate of little Cora in July 1856.
From this certificate we know that the informant was present at the death, and this was Cora’s oldest sister Catherine Ann. She would have been aged 19 at this time. The place of death is given as the Old Ship Shades in Ship Street, Brighton where the family lived and worked. John Dinnis, the head of the household worked as a Cook here. We know from previous research that the Old Ship Shades was the bar allowing prostitutes to work from.
The cause of the death is given as ‘Water on the brain’. Obviously deaths in childhood dramatically affect the whole family, so it is no surprise George would go on to name his first daughter ‘Cora’.