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Tombstone Tuesday: Gertrude Emily and William Arthur PATCHING

15 Dec

This headstone is from Lewes Cemetery, in Lewes, East Sussex. It was taken by me on the 16th October 2009, when I paid the cemetery a visit in search of GEERING gravestones.

The photo is actually a close up of one I posted back in October. It is the headstone of my 2x great-aunt Gertrude Emily PATCHING and her husband William Arthur.

Gravestone of Gertrude Emily and William Arthur PATCHING

This headstone is a really treasure trove of information, prior to this I hadn’t actually got around to finding out about Gertrude Emily GEERING (so many relations, so little time).

So not only do I get Gertrude’s date of death, the name of her husband (and his age and date of death), but also I get her parents names as well, which confirms this is the right person.

Sadly it doesn’t tell me if Gertrude and William had any children, but I suspect they didn’t otherwise it would have mentioned her as a mother as well. That is something I can check up on at a later date.

Tombstone Tuesday: Benjamin and Charlotte WREN

1 Dec

I mentioned Benjamin WREN of Framfield, Sussex yesterday, so what better reason to show you a picture of his gravestone, photographed back in May 2009 when I visited Framfield.

There is some writing around the top of the stone, which I can’t make out, but the main part of the inscription is very clear:

OF
BENJAMIN WREN,
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 21ST 1852
IN THE 50TH YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO OF
CHARLOTTE, HIS WIDOW.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 19TH 1882,
IN THE 83RD YEAR OF HER AGE.
IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH.

Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas and Mary LEWRY

15 Sep

It occurred to me this morning as I mentally went over the previous night’s research that I probably had a photo of the gravestone for Thomas and Mary LEWRY, my 4x great grandparents.

On my Bank Holiday walk to Bolney, Sussex I had photographed as many LEWRY gravestones as I could find, along with the WALDERs and GASSONs. Sure enough there was a picture of the double headstone of Thomas and Mary in my collection.

Headstone of Thomas and Mary LEWRY, Bolney, Sussex

Headstone of Thomas and Mary LEWRY, Bolney, Sussex

The inscription on the left reads:

IN
MEMORY OF
THOMAS LEWRY
WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE OCT 24TH
1855.
AGED 68 YEARS.

and on the right:

IN
MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF THOMAS LEWRY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY 31ST 1870.
AGED 80 YEARS.

Tombstone Tuesday: Percy HEMSLEY

26 May

Like last weeks photo this is also from my trip to Framfield, Sussex. Percy HEMSLEY was the brother of John HEMSLEY featured last week. Again I know very little about him, because I have barely started researching my HEMSLEY ancestors.

Gravestone of Percy HEMSLEY. Framfield, Sussex.

Gravestone of Percy HEMSLEY. Framfield, Sussex.

The inscription is also very similar to that on his brother’s gravestone, it reads:

PERCY HEMSLEY,
DIED AUGUST 6TH 1896.
AGE 20.
“AT REST.”

Tombstone Tuesday: John HEMSLEY

19 May

Another one from my visit to Framfield, Sussex. John HEMSLEY was my 3x great uncle, son of my 3x great grandparents Henry and Charlotte HEMSLEY. That is about all I can tell you about him at the moment as I have not done any research into his life yet.

Gravestone of John HEMSLEY. Framfield, Sussex.

Gravestone of John HEMSLEY. Framfield, Sussex.

The very simple inscription reads:

JOHN HEMSLEY
DIED MARCH 3RD 1898
AGE 38.
“AT REST”

Tombstone Tuesday: Charlotte and Henry HEMSLEY, Framfield, Sussex

12 May

This is one of my photos from last Saturday’s trip to Blackboys and Framfield, Sussex. This was one of the few gravestones at the parish church in Framfield that I was able to connect with straight away, it is for my 3x great grandparents Charlotte and Henry HEMSLEY.

Gravestone of Charlotte and Henry HEMSLEY

Gravestone of Charlotte and Henry HEMSLEY

The inscription reads:

In
Loving Memory
of
CHARLOTTE HEMSLEY
WHO DIED JANUARY 16TH 1909
AGED 77 YEARS.
Also of
HENRY HEMSLEY
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANUARY 10TH 1914
AGED 89 YEARS.

Tombstone Tuesday: Mabel Annie and Ernest Arthur TROWER

28 Apr

Mabel Annie and Ernest Arthur TROWER were brother and sister, my 2x great aunt and uncle. The gravestone tells a sad story of two young people whose lives were cut short. Ernest’s body was never found and he is remembered here at Sayers Common, Sussex and also in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

The gravestone of Mabel Annie TROWER and Ernest Arthur TROWER

The gravestone of Mabel Annie TROWER and Ernest Arthur TROWER

The inscription reads:

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
MABEL ANNIE TROWER
WHO FELL ASLEEP APRIL 11TH 1928
AGED 35 YEARS
ALSO OF
ERNEST ARTHUR TROWER
KILLED IN ACTION AT YPRES
SEP 23RD 1917, AGED 22 YEARS

THE RIGHTEOUS LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

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