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.
In Loving Memory of
Thomas Andrew Erskin Wilson
Died Jan. 1st 1943
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!
Transcript of Memorial Inscription for Samuel Truran
In Loving Memory of
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”
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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.