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My Mom and Sister and I spend quite a lot of time taking/uploading photos and cemeteries for FindaGrave (on my Mom's account). We live in Central Ohio and try to concentrate on old graves of young wives and little children --- the people most often forgotten by the usual lists.|
As far as personal interest, I am an avid student of William Wilberforce and the "Clapham Sect". Lately, I've been researching the Eliot Family of Port Eliot in St. Germans. This has been really fun, and I've been working on adding their graves to FindaGrave (at first, I did this on my Mom's account --- then had to spend ages transferring them to myself!)
I welcome any edits and/or additions.
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|Chris Witcomb||Capt. Layard|
Many thanks, Sarah. I'll be drafting a nite with what I know about him and leave in church fir anyone who's interested. Thanks again. Chris
|Chris Witcomb||Capt. Beville|
Hi Sarah, I'm now set on FindaGrave - is there anything else I need to do ? Regards. Chris
|Joanne Bouslough||RE: Elizabeth Eliot Memorial Sponsorship|
Hi You're welcome. (*v*) Yes, Elizabeth Eliot is my 6th great grandmother. You are also related??
|Abby Wharne||Nikolai de Plaoutine|
I'm the Archivist at Brighton College, where Nikolai de Plaoutine went to school. I have recently been looking for images of Nikolai that we can use in a new book, and was wondering where you found the family photograph - it's lovely.
Many thanks and best wishes,
|Chris Doran||RE: Frederick Cruse and Anne Pringle at Greenwich|
I made another visit on Sunday, cut back most of the shadowing grass, and took some better photos of Frederick's stone, which I have now uploaded. There did not appear to be any inscription under all that moss, which I didn't remove.
I carefully examined the flat stone on its right, which I think is Anne's, but there is no sign that there was ever any inscription either on the top or the accessible sides. Perhaps there was a headstone which has vanished?
The moss on the triangular stone on Frederick's left is quite immovable. Such of the stone as is visible is very rough, which is probably why the moss sticks so well, and any attempt to scrape it off would damage the stone.
Both the footstone and headstone immediately behind Frederick are too worn for any more than a few letters to be made out, but it didn't look like Pringle.
Let me know if you get a reply from the office, or resort to deceasedonline's plot maps to definitely locate Anne.
|Chris Doran||P.S. RE: Frederick Cruse and Anne Pringle at Greenwich|
I'm glad you weren't as horrified by the pictures as I feared you might be.
To elaborate on the story of my search. Some of the vegetation having died down since my visit last summer (where you may remember I reported ending up in a holly bush) I was able to see more plot numbers giving me a better location for 2224. This at least wasn't in the holly bush which has now grown HUGE with the winter's rain! However, I make it that 2224 is at the end of the row, next to a path, with nowhere for 2224A to fit. My next theory was that A referred to somewhere else entirely so I went off searching, and also to look for other requests as well as my own rellies who seem to be in a section for the impoverished which has miniature gravestones no more than 18" high with the names hidden in grass, so that will be a long search.
Just before closing time I returned to 2224 and then had the inspiration was that 2224A was not adjacent to it but at the start of the next row! In hindsight, this should have occurred to me much earlier, but such is graving! There I found Frederick one in from the other path (which is where I was standing to take the picture with the three graves), so I guess he's 2225. deceasedonline will confirm this and maybe provide a plot map, but you'd have to pay.
Anne/Hannah seem to be common alternatives. We have a family photograph with "Auntie Annie" written on the back, but we have no Annes, only a Hannah. Some time before she died, we had the foresight to get mum to write names on the back of the family photographs in a big box, but we failed to check that she was putting surnames.
|Chris Doran||Frederick Cruse and Anne Pringle at Greenwich|
On my third visit, I managed to locate Frederick, and hopefully Anne is next to him. I will claim the Cruse request and upload some provisional photographs shortly, but I thought I should warn you before you get the formal brief e-mail from F-a-G that they don't make pretty viewing.
In a flash of inspiration as to where else to look just as the cemetery was about to close, I looked down at a horizontal slab and saw ICK...CRU peeping out from a blanket of moss. Fortunately, it brushed off very easily to reveal his full name, date, and age, but I'm afraid no birthday. There is another flat stone on its right and a triangular-topped tomb on its left, both heavily covered with more tenacious moss and I couldn't make out any lettering. Not wishing to be locked in, I grabbed the photos you will see and left. For the present they are all on Frederick's memorial. I will (re)move them if/when I can make identifications.
I will go back for some better shots and see if I can make out anything under the moss. At a minimum, I will cut the grass above Frederick's inscription and/or take a photo in different lighting conditions where it doesn't cast a shadow.
The sign on the cemetery gate says it was opened in 1876, so I guess Frederick and Anne were originally elsewhere. Frederick's stone looks as if it was vertical at one time. There are other old stones nearby and I wonder if an number of members of the family were brought together. Are there any other surnames I should look for? Names can be looked up free at deceasedonline.
|Toltecia||RE: Kensington Lewis|
I regret to say that I haven't found him for you!
Given reasonable weather today, I was able to finish searching the whole churchyard.
After adding a further 63 people from my last visit, I now have more photos from today, including the last two CWGC graves that I hadn't been able to find previously.
It's a shame that the Family History Societies don't have a sharing policy, and publish their surveys for the benefit of others.
Do you know when the grave was seen in their survey?
On my way home I went through Higher Cemetery, and photographed some uprooted headstones. A large tree had fallen and broken some headstones, but to get the truck and trailer in to remove the tree, many more headstones had been removed.
Added by Toltecia on Feb 24, 2014 7:53 AM
|Toltecia||RE: Kensington Lewis|
Sorry, that was only an update. I haven't finished looking! I'll stop looking when I find it, or I've covered the whole churchyard. :¬))
Added by Toltecia on Feb 22, 2014 1:31 PM
No luck; - I covered a section, about a fifth of the churchyard this afternoon, checking all the readable memorials.
Added by Toltecia on Feb 22, 2014 9:09 AM
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