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Edwin Ridout
RE: Chewton Cemetery
Hi Colin,
Thrilled to get your reply.
Yes, I will look into the family history at Chewton.
I was most interested to hear your mother knew of a Ridout family at Box Hill when she was in school.
The Mark James Ridout buried near Castlemaine has the right name and plausible dates to be my gg-grandfather, but so far I've been unable to prove it. Family legend is that he left wife and kids in England to go to the gold rush and never came back. But we have no knowledge as to whether he remained in touch with them or had any visits, nor whether he could have remarried. We know this MJR was there a couple of decades, we know he voted, and we know he was twice in hospital, then buried with father unknown. Never found him (so far) on a ship's passenger list. So if your mother remembers "family", I must beg you to ask her whether she can remember any more Ridout details at all!
--Edwin Ridout
Added by Edwin Ridout on Jun 24, 2014 9:05 AM
Edwin Ridout
Special request, Chewton Cemetery
Dear CDA101,

I noticed that you recently (?) posted a photo from Chewton Cemetery near Castlemaine of the grave of Mrs Frances Laura Rose Fincher De Forest, d 1877. (Not sure whether you did that recently or years ago as the photo says 2008 but the memorial says created 2014.)

Is there any chance you might possibly at some point please be able to go to Chewton Cemetery again and see if you can find the stone of who I think was my great-great-grandfather?

I've had a request pending a year or so, but imagine there may be very few Find A Grave contributors around there, and for me it's 10,000 miles from home.

I would particularly like to see a photo of the stone of Mark James Ridout, d. 1882, plot 79-D, Find A Grave Memorial# 103749031. There are now several other requests pending for that cemetery too.

--Edwin Ridout
Added by Edwin Ridout on Jun 19, 2014 5:23 AM

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