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Tombstone Tuesday: Peace, Perfect Peace


This is another tombstone of members of the Pooley family, following on from last week, at St. Peter’s, Mithian, Cornwall.

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian - copyright 2011


The Inscription is as follows:

In Loving Memory


William Burrow Pooley

who died at

Barton, Penstraze

July 28th 1923

Aged 69 years


Peace, Perfect Peace


Also of

Elizabeth Pooley

Beloved wife of the above

who died Sept 13th 1929

Aged 72 years



As far as I know this family is not connected to me or my man Paul’s family, although he has family at rest in this churchyard.

Tombstone Tuesday: Reunited

As with my other genealogy blog So That’s Where I Get It From, I have missed adding posts for Tombstone Tuesday for a couple of weeks.  Problems with our internet connection again (sigh) and general things meant that I could not add anything here until now.

Today’s tombstone photograph was taken at St. Peter’s, Mithian, Cornwall a few weeks ago.

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, Cornwall - copyright 2011


Here is the transcription for this tombstone:

In Loving Memory,


John Henry,

Beloved Husband of

Emma Jane Pooley,

of Blackwater

died May 2nd 1935

Aged 78 years

In God’s Keeping


Also of the above

Emma Jane Pooley

Died May 29th 1949

Aged 85 years


Wednesday’s Child: Ethel

When taking photos at Mithian last week, I noticed one grave that was much smaller than all the others.  I knew it could only be the grave of a child, so I am including it here for Wednesday’s Child.


Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, Cornwall February 2011 – copyright 2011



Loving Memory of


Beloved Child of

P. & I. Scobie

Who died

Feb. 9th 1891

Aged 2 Years

Suffer Little Children

To Come Unto Me



Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas Andrew Erskin Wilson

For today’s Tombstone Tuesday I am showing the grave of Thomas Andrew Erskin Wilson.  He is one of those lying at rest at Mithian, Cornwall and other than the inscription, I know nothing more about him.

This photograph was taken last week and we could see that primroses were just starting to come out around the churchyard and I can see that all over and around Thomas’ grave, as for others, Bluebells will be soon be on show too.

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian February 2011 - Copyright 2011


In Loving Memory of

Thomas Andrew Erskin Wilson

Died Jan. 1st 1943

Tombstone Tuesday: “… we shall reap, if we faint not”

For last week’s Tombstone Tuesday I featured the tombstone of Mary Ann, the wife of Samuel Truran.  She died in 1862 aged 34 years.  Her tombstone was very plain, almost like a slab of concrete.

This week I show the tombstone of Mary Ann’s husband Samuel Truran.  This tombstone is more shapely and a little ornate compared to the tombstone for her!

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, Cornwall February 2011 - copyright 2011


Transcript of Memorial Inscription for Samuel Truran

In Loving Memory of

Samuel Truran

who died at Barkla Shop, St. Agnes

July 15th 1892

Aged 62 Years

“And let us not be weary in well doing

For in due season we shall reap, if

we faint not”


also Honor

beloved wife of the above

who died Feb 11th 1914,

Aged 74 Years


For ever with the Lord


I think it interesting that we are informed that Samuel died in a shop in St. Agnes (which isn’t too far away from Mithian).  I wonder if he worked there or was just buying something?

Tombstone Tuesday: And I With Him Shall Shine

I was at Mithian a couple of days ago, so took some more photos of the tombstones there. 

It was a dull, dreary day and as seems to be usual there, it was very overgrown everywhere, just going wild really.  The Church is all closed so I suppose no-one much bothers about keeping the churchyard tidy.

I saw this tombstone from the back of it first.  It was all surrounded by the overgrown bushes, trees, general greenery, but sat so alone.  Just seemed sad to me.

Back view of tombstone


Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, Cornwall February 2011 – copyright 2011
To get to the front of the tombstone we had to battle our way through the shrubs and overgrown stuff and I took the photo of the front as best as I could with branches completely in the way!!
Front view of the tombstone

Original photograph taken by me at Mithian, Cornwall February 2011 - copyright 2011

Transcript of the Monumental Inscription
Memory of
Mary Ann
the beloved wife of
Samuel Truran
who departed this Life  October 4th 1862,
Aged 34 Years
“What says the happy dead?
She bids me bear my load
And with silent steps proceed
And follow her to God
My life’s a shade, my days
Apace to death decline
But Christ my dust shall raise
And I with Him shall shine
Sweet truth to me: I shall arise
And with His eyes my Saviour sees
(this line difficult to read but ends with) keep
(Can’t read this line, goes into the overgrowth of greenery)

I think it interesting that this has some sort of oblong bit added into it near the top.  Can’t tell if it was an error that was corrected (badly) at the time of making the tombstone or if something happened to the tombstone over time and this was done to fix it.  But it does not show through to the back of the gravestone at all. 

I also find it interesting that because the tombstone is so plain, it is very clear to see the tiny writing right at the top on the left, middle and right of it. On the left it says Pearce; the middle says Lemon St. and the right says Truro.

Next week for Tombstone Tuesday I will show the tombstone of Mary Ann’s husband Samuel Truran.

Recognition From a Fellow Rabbit – I’m Thrilled!

I am delighted to have found that Ashley at A Grave Concern has mentioned how nice a couple of my photos are.  As far as I know this is the first time someone has written about this blog and put links to it so I am absolutely thrilled by this.

Thank you Ashley so much – you’ve really made my day, no change that, you’ve really made my week!!  😉

Tombstone Tuesday: By Day We All Do Miss Thee

When we were visiting the churchyard of St. Peter’s at Mithian, we took photos of the tombstone that I have chosen for today’s Tombstone Tuesday daily blogging theme.

The title of this post is taken from the verse included with the Inscription.

This particular tombstone was quite unusual and to show it better there are two photos.  The main one, showing the inscription which cannot really be made out in the photograph.  I will add a transcript at the end of this post.  The other photo is a little bit closer and from a different angle so the reason it is quite unusual will be clearer.

The Tombstone of Joane and Charles Cole

original photograph taken by me in May 2010 at Mithian, Cornwall - copyright 2010

When looking at the grave straight on, as in the above photo, it doesn’t look too different from some others but  it is suprising to see from a sideways view, that the scrolled inscription is actually sitting on a natural rock base.  It has made us wonder where the rock comes from and why it was important to use for this grave.

Sideways view showing the rock base and scroll for the inscription

original photograph taken by me in May 2010 at Mithian, Cornwall - copyright 2010

Transcript of the Inscription

In ever loving memory of


wife of Charles Cole

who died Nov. 16th 1907

aged 54 years


By day we all do miss thee

Words would fail our loss to thee

But in Heaven we hope to meet thee

Evermore with thee to dwell


Also of the above Charles Cole

who died Nov. 24, 1945 aged 91 years

At rest

Erected by her loving children


This is not the grave of any of my partner Paul’s ancestors but I think it would be nice as well as interesting to try and discover why the Cole family used the rock for the tombstone.

Tombstone Tuesday: Nature’s Floral Tribute

For today’s Tombstone Tuesday I want to show this photo that we took at St. Peter’s Church, Mithian, Cornwall on May 31st this year.

It just seemed to me that the wild flowers growing all around the tombstone were making their own tribute to what may be a long forgotton grave.  I could be wrong but there were no signs of any visit, no old dead flowers, no vase, no flattened grass to place something here.

This is not the grave  of one of our ancestors, but as the Graveyard Rabbit for St. Peter’s I transcribed the tombstone as best I could.

original photograph taken by me at Mithian, Cornwall May 2010 - copyright 2010

 The tombstone reads:


loving memory of

Mary Edwards

the wife of

T. Dennis    …(?)

of Blackwater

(unreadable line)

November 13th 1878(?)

(unreadable line)

(unreadable line)

(unreadable line)

Thomas Dennis  …(this word covered by the ivy)


(unreadable date)

We noticed that there were a few other tombstones here with the surname Edwards but like this one, there were no signs at all of anyone visiting these graves.


Tombstone Tuesday: Ivy Covered Tombstones

When we were taking photographs in Mithian churchyard in May, I couldn’t help thinking that some of the tombstones with ivy growing over them looked a little quaint and ethereal, so for today’s Tombstone Tuesday I am including this photo:

original photograph taken by me at Mithian in May 2010 - copyright 2010

These tombstones are not those of any ancestors of my partner or me, but we tried to transcribe them anyway.  It was very difficult mainly because of the ivy growing over two of them but also because time and weather has etched away some of the inscriptions.

As you look at the photo, the tombstone on the left is for:

David Collins

of Mithian

…(?)  Decr. 10th 190?

aged 47(?)

nearer the bottom it also says something about recognition of service, but is very difficult to read exactly what service.  We shall have to go back and try to read it again.

The middle tombstone is so covered by ivy we could not read it at all!

The tombstone on the right is for:

William Henry

and sadly, that is all we could make out.