Posts Tagged ‘Tombstone Tuesday’

Tombstone Tuesday: “… one we loved so dear”

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.

Original photograph taken by me at Gwennap, April 2011 - copyright 2011


The transcript for the inscription is as follows:

In Loving Memory


Grace Rogers

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.


also of

John Rogers

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?

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


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.

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.

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: 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.