I spend quite a few hours wandering around St Bartholomews churchyard looking at graves, for anyone interested in genealogy this is not quite as strange as you would think.
Gravestones can be full of information on families, occupations and sometimes details of where the deceased lived. With this in mind I thought I would share pictures of some of the gravestones I find together with a brief summary of the family history, if possible.
I hope you find this section as interesting as I do!
ANN ST JOHN
Ann’s story can be read at https://oldwhittingtonops.com/ blog page .
I was looking for another grave when I came across this very old headstone dated 1758!
“Here is interrd ye body of George Renald of this Town who died Nov the 14 in the year 1758 and in the 43 year of his age”.
I couldn’t resist having a look into George Renald’s life and it can be read here George RENALD – Old Whittington One Place Study (oldwhittingtonops.com)
FREDERICK WILLIAM RADFORTH
In Affectionate Remembrance of Frederick William Radforth
who died April 2nd 1874 aged 34 years
Frederick was buried on April 5th 1874
In affectionate Remembrance of Joseph Walker who departed this life May 5th 1877 in the 78th year of his age.
Also of Mary the beloved wife of the above named Joseph Walker who departed this life January 31st 1880, in the 77th year of her age
Thy will be done
Joseph Walker was buried on May 8th 1877 Mary Walker was buried on 4th February 1880
ELLEN AND MARIA HILL
In Memory of
Ellen Hill wife of Luke Hill who died March 26th 1874 aged 34 years
Also Maria daughter of the above died April 25th 1874 aged 12 years
Long time with pain we were oppressed which wore our strength away
It made us long for endless rest which never can decay
Ellen Hill was buried on March 29th 1874 and her daughter on April 29th 1874
WILLIAM AND MARY METTAM
In Affectionate Remembrance of William Mettam who died February 28th 1877
aged 43 years also two children who died in infancy
Also of Mary Mettam wife of the above named who died January 16th 1883
Aged 53 years
Her end was peace
William was buried March 3rd 1877 (Williams entry in the baptism register is in the fire damaged volume and as far as I can see the date is correct) sadly I am unable to read when Mary Mettam was buried
WILLIAM AND HANNAH COOKE
I was intrigued when I read this gravestone and had a quick peep into the life of William and Hannah Cooke