I saw this tombstone at Gwennap churchyard when we were there the other day and thought it was such a nice monument for the young person at rest there.
This is the Inscription:
the Memory of
William & Elizth. Phillips,
of Trevarth in this Parish,
who departed this life April 9th
Aged 15 Years
Weep not for me my Parents dear
I am not dead but sleeping here,
I was not yours but Christ’s alone,
He lov’d me best and took me home
Also of the above
who died Aug 28th 1891
Aged 81 years
Sleeping in Jesus
We stood for a while looking at this tombstone, just drawn to it and we felt quite moved by the words that were inscribed on it. We hope they helped William and Elizabeth with the loss of their young daughter. Isn’t Jerushah an unusual and lovely name?
A few days ago I mentioned on this blog that I was adding the churchyard of Gwennap, Cornwall to those I already “look after” as a Graveyard Rabbit.
This is the first Tombstone Tuesday for that churchyard. This Tombstone is for Grace Rogers and at this stage of my research I am not sure if she is related to my other half Paul or not, so other than what is written on her tombstone, I don’t know anything else about her.
The transcript for the inscription is as follows:
In Loving Memory
who died at
Bell Lane, Lanner
April 3rd 1912
Aged 55 Years
The cup was bitter, the sting severe,
To part with one we loved so dear,
The trial was hard, but we will not complain,
But trust to meet her in Heaven again.
Beloved husband of the above
Who died April 3rd 1915
Aged 57 years
Isn’t it interesting that both Grace and her husband died on the same date, although three years apart? I wonder if John died of a broken heart on her anniversary?
Today, as it was a beautifully sunny day, my other half Paul and I went to Gwennap Churchyard to search for some of his ancestors lying at rest there.
By the time we got there it had clouded over and dark rainclouds were forming!! It was looking so nice there with all the Spring flowers dotted about all over the place but it turned out to be a much larger churchyard than I had realised!!
We are going to have to come back several times to search for Paul’s ancestors as it is such a large churchyard. While there, I decided that it would be nice to add this to the churchyard at Mithian, Cornwall and the churchyard at Lower Winchendon, Buckinghamshire that I am the Graveyard Rabbit for.
Many of the tombstones are very well preserved, some have very interesting designs, quite different from the majority of plainer ones at Mithian and Lower Winchendon and I noticed that it was very easy to read the inscriptions of most of those I looked at today.
This is the sign at the entrance to the churchyard. I think it must be the most attractive sign for a church that I have seen in a long time!! Most are usually past their best, with peeling paint or warped, tatty looking wood.
I will start adding some of the tombstones in this coming week, and of course, when we find those of Paul’s ancestors, if they still survive, then those will be shown here as well as at my genealogy blog So That’s Where I Get It From.