Tombstone Tuesday: A Devoted Husband and Kind Father

This is my first Tombstone Tuesday post since I was able to get back here after being so long away from the blog because of awful internet connection problems.

Once again this is a photo taken at Mithian, Cornwall.  This is not one of my or my other half’s ancestors so other than the details on the tombstone, I cannot add more details about this person or his family.

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

I wonder why this man died at such a young age and wonder how many children he had.  I will see if I can find out more about him and his family and then make an update here.

Transcript of Monumental Inscription


Loving memory of

John Bennetts


Died June 15th


Aged 34 years

A Devoted Husband and Kind Father


As yet I haven’t seen any other graves for anyone with the surname Bennetts so wonder if his family moved away after he died?  Then again, it could be the family are buried near him but no gravestone survives.

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!!  😉

I’m back!! It’s been so long!!

I can’t believe just how long it has been since I was last here posting new blog items and pics.

I’ve had the most terrible internet connection problems for a very long time which meant that I could barely do anything on the internet.  The problem was something to do with the speed and the strength of the connection and I would get to my home page showing a good speed and strength and by the time it loaded in the strength had gone down to 1%.  Which meant I was lucky if I could get to another site at all just to even look at.  I certainly was not able to upload photos or even manage to get to my blogs to write anything.   Ooooooooooh it’s been so awful, I have been completely lost without the internet.  I really don’t know how I managed before I bought a computer!!!

It didn’t help when our service provider told us it was our computer – which was fairly new and had been checked by a local firm, just in case it was the computer.  We even got them to check our wireless router and all was well in that respect.  We get the use of the phone line from another provider and they said it was our computer  😦  here we go again, or our main service provider.  But somehow none of them knew what the problem was but they have managed to fix it.  Well, they fixed it a little before Christmas but it was still very limited as to what we could do and now it seems it is fixed properly.  Still they don’t know what the problem was – I think that’s a cost cutting exercise as none of the companies concerned want to refund the internet charges we have continued paying!!!!!

So, the good news is that at last, I can get back into the swing of things and start adding to the blog again.  I’ve missed all this so very much.

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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.

Added a BBC News Link to the News Items – General page!

I am getting more and more amazed by the type of News Items I am receiving regarding vandalism and such things in churchyards.  This link informs us that the Police have now received Dispersal Orders for two churchyards in Cornwall because of anti-social behaviour! 

I think it is so very sad that any respect for those no longer with us seems to be disappearing these days.  What will it all come to?

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Tombstone Tuesday: The Rose Memorial

Although this isn’t a tombstone over a grave as such, it is three tablets of gravestones actually high on the wall of St. Nicholas Church, Lower Winchendon, Buckinghamshire which are inscribed with many details about various members of the Rose family who are buried “in the Vault beneath”.

As they are high on the wall it is difficult to photograph them clearly enough to be able to read the inscriptions, but we also took a video film of this and I was able to transcribe it from that.

Photo in my collection but taken by R. Herbstreit - copyright 2010

The transcription for this Memorial is as follows:

Rose Memorial in St. Nicholas Church, Nether Winchendon, Bucks


(1st Tablet)


In the Vault beneath was

deposited the remains of


Wife of Mr. Thomas Rose Esq


also of Jane (unreadable)



also of John, son of John Rose

of Grey’s Inn, London, Gentleman (unreadable)

of the said Thomas and Susannah Rose

and Elizabeth his Wife



Aged 8 months

also of Catherine the only child of

the said Jane by her (unreadable)

and died the (unreadable)

Aged 2 Years and ? Months

also of Mary Lowe(?) (unreadable – possibly the daughter of)

Thomas and Susannah Rose

of The Temple, London

who died the 22nd of December 1800

Aged 29 Years


The Remains of Elizabeth second Wife of

the said Thomas Rose who died

the 24th of March 1800 aged 60 Years were

her own desire to be interred near her Relations

on the South Side of the Church Yard


The said Thomas Rose died ye 3rd February 1809 Aged

68 Years & his Remains are deposited in the same Vault

All the Sons of the said Thomas and Susannah

namely Thomas, John, Richard, William and Joseph

and their fourth and youngest Daughter Anne who

married Mr. Richard Rose Junr. survive them

Their eldest Daughter Elizabeth who married

Mr. Thomas Randolph died the 2nd of December 1798

Aged 36 Years and was buried at Long Crendon.


(2nd Tablet)


In Memory of

Mr. Thomas Rose

eldest Son of

the late Thomas and Susannah Rose

who died a Bachelor

the 27th(?) September 1810(?)

Aged 49(?) (could be 19?)

And of

William Rose

Their Fourth Son

who died a Bachelor

the 14th of July 1833

Aged 39(?) Years (could be 59?)

And of

Richard Rose

Their Third Son

died the 15th of June ?

Aged 71 Years

John Rose, Their Second Son

Died 4th July 1842

Aged 74 Years and was buried

near his wife at Saint Clement’s

Danes, London



The remains of

(unreadable) Constance Rose

Eldest daughter of William

Rose Esquire and Martha his wife

who died 30th September 1854

Aged 13 Years

He was the Youngest Son of

Joseph and Louisa Rose

This William Rose

A Barrister of the Middle (could be Temple?)

Died 30th April ?? Aged 44(?) Years

leaving the said Martha his Wife

and eight surviving children

His remains are in the same Vault



 (3rd Tablet)


Anne Youngest Daughter of the said

Thomas and Susannah Rose

and wife of Richard Rose Junr.

Died 13th(?) November 1818(?) Aged 40 Years

William Second Son of the said

Richard and Anne Rose

Died 15th(?) August 1804 Aged 6 months

Four children of Joseph Rose

(youngest son of the said

Thomas and Susannah Rose)

and Louisa his Wife died in infancy viz.

Harriet Elizabeth 26th April 180?

Aged 11 months

Mary 5th(?) December 1805 Aged 5 months

Thomas Joseph 16th(?) June 1807

Aged 4(?) months

Louisa ? January 1815 Aged 6 months

Three other children of the said

Joseph and Louisa Rose viz.

Anne who died 21st(?) Novr. 1829 Aged 18 Years

Susanna Louisa who died 17th Oct 1831

Aged 28 Years and

Jane who died 3rd July 1833 Aged 25(?) Years

and their Mother the same Louisa Rose

who died 29th Febry. 1832 Aged 53 Years

was buried in a Vault in St. Mary’s Church


Their Father the same Joseph Rose

died ? Oct(?) 1858 aged 30(?) Years and

was buried in the Vault in this Churchyard


There is a tremendous amount of information on these stones, even if some of it is difficult or impossible to decipher.  And the naming of all the different children for different couples is just so very helpful too.  If only many other tombstones were this informative!! 

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.


Added a News Link to News Items – General Page

I’ve just added a link to a BBC News item about arrests being made after some vandalism at a graveyard in Scotland.

I really cannot understand why people would want to do this at all.  There just seems very little or no respect these days!!  Just so sad to see this happening!

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Tombstone Tuesday: Almost Disappeared!

While we were mooching around at St. Peter’s churchyard, Mithian, Cornwall at the end of May, we took various photos of graves and I thought this one was particularly striking as it was virtually disappearing in the very overgrown plantlife there!

original photograph taken by me - copyright 2010

This grave is not for one of my partner Paul’s ancestors, but I transcribe it here for posterity as the Graveyard Rabbit for this churchyard.

It possibly states at the top: Sacred to the Memory of


died Nov. 18th. 1888

Aged 80 years


also of MARY ANN

wife of the above

died Oct. 6th. 1889

aged 59 years


(more here but unreadable)

I think it looks kind of nice with the ivy growing over the headstone, but somehow think that with the long grass and other overgrowing plantlife, it won’t be too long before it is completely covered!  I will keep an eye on it and rescue it from being covered if it becomes necessary!!