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1. THE FAMILY OF CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN : we now have images of the graves of all 21 members of CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN's immediate family: Charles & Emma themselves, 10 children: with 8 wives and 1 husband; 19 in England & 1 in Wales* and 1 in France*. (This level of detail on the Darwin family has never, ever, been available before and it is only recorded, mainly by me, Dave Peck, and originally Peter Drysdale on Find-A-Grave.)
*GRAVE IMAGES RECENTLY ADDED =
*Amy Ruck(Sir Francis Darwin's first wife),*Nain Ruck (Sir Francis Darwin's 'first' mother-in-law, and a very close friend of Charles & Emma Darwin, both in Corris, Wales, and also *Richard Buckley Litchfield, a.k.a. "Uncle Richard" in Cannes, South of France, whose wife is buried in Downe.
These were on top of **William & **Sara Darwin, North Stoneham and **Leonard & **Mildred Darwin, Forest Row, and Leonard Darwin's first wife **Elizabeth Darwin buried in Putney Vale, London.
ALL 10 GRANDCHILDREN ARE NOW ON FIND-A-GRAVE! (A TOTAL OF 20 INCLUDING THEIR RESPECTIVE SPOUSES, AND NOW A STEP-GRANDDAUGHTER; Fredegond Shove.)
2. Parish of Ascension Burial Ground, Cambridge:
There are 3 members of the little-known "Ladies Dining Society", of which there were 12 members, buried here:
* Lady 'Ida' Darwin, nee Farrer;
* Lady Caroline Jebb, nee Reynolds;
* Mrs. Margaret Verrall, nee Merrifield;
"The church of St Giles and St Peter stands at the junction of Castle Street/Castle Hill with Chesterton Road, but the Ascension Parish Burial Ground,[a church cemetery created when the churchyard became closed to further interments], is off the Huntingdon Road near the junction with Storey's Way in the northwest of Cambridge. It includes the graves of many Cambridge academics and non-conformists of the 19th and early 20th century. A small chapel was also built on the grounds. The one and a half acres of the burial ground were established in 1857, the first burial being in 1869. Today some 2,500 people of every religious denomination and none, are buried in 1,500 plots. It is the final resting place of many city and university dignitaries, scientists, 101 Fellows [including three Nobel prize winners] and 24 Knights of the Realm. It is a designated City Wildlife Site and is part of the Storey's Way Conservation area. In 2005 the plant species present were catalogued and the site is now managed so as to encourage wildlife and habitat diversity, as well as to care for the graves themselves. It is a ‘hidden' part of the busy and rapidly expanding city and remains little known even to people who have lived all their lives in Cambridge."
Note: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography contains biographies of 79 people interred in the Ascension Parish Burial Ground, (alphabetically):
CORNFORD, F.C. (Frances Darwin)
CORNFORD, F.M. [Francis]
FRAZER, E.J. de B.
RIVERS RIVERS, W.H.*
ROUSE BALL, W.M.
VERRALL, M. de G.
Unfortunately very few of these ODNB biographies contain any references at all to the following+:
a. place of burial or *interred/**scattered ashes;
b. membership of The Cambridge Apostles (9 of 10):
MOORE, G.E. ("Bill")
c. membership of the Cambridge University Moral Sciences Club (5):
MOORE, G.E. ("Bill")
[+This has been brought to the attention of ODNB.]
3. The funeral of Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey on 26th April 1882, included a "Packer": Mr. Robert PACKER who was apparently from Derbyshire!
The family & friends who attended CHARLES DARWIN's funeral, Westminster Abbey, London: 26th April 1882.[These names listed exactly as they are and in in the same order as the report in "The Times" on 27th April 1882.]
* Find-A-Grave memorial
"Oxford Dictionary of National Biography" articles for + are available.
*Mr. William Erasmus Darwin, (chief mourner)+
*Mr. George Darwin, F.R.S.,+
* Mrs. William Darwin,
Miss Darwin, (?)
* Mrs. Litchfield,
* Mr Francis Darwin,+
* Mr. Leonard Darwin,+
* Mr. R. B. Litchfield,
* Mr. Horace Darwin,+
Mr. Leonard Darwin, R.E.,
Mr. Darwin of Elston-hall, (?)
Mr. F. Alvey Darwin,
Captain Charles Darwin,
Mr. Reginald Darwin, of Buxton,
*Mrs. Vaughan Williams,
Miss Wedgwood, (?)
the Rev. Charles Parker,
Mr. Robert PACKER (!)
Mr. H. F. Bristowe, Q.C.,
*Mr. Francis Galton, F.R.S.,+
Mr. Ernest Wedgwood,
*Mr. Hensleigh Wedgwood,
*Mr. T. H. Farrer, Secretary of the Board of Trade,
Mr. Godfrey Wedgwood,
Miss A. Wedgwood,
*Mrs. Ruck, [mother of Amy Ruck, Francis Darwin's late first wife]
the Rev. Arthur Wedgwood,
Mr. J. C. Hawkshaw,
Mr. George Allen,
Mr. Henry Allen, M.P.;
servant, Mr. William Jackson,
and * Mr. Joseph Parslow." (Down House Butler)
Bio.: I am the 'admin' for the new facebook group: "Ascension Parish Burial Ground: A Cambridge Necropolis" with over 80 members, at 1.7.2014
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