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Headstone

 

Which reads: To the memory of John Wilson of Orton who died February 6th 1800 aged 86 years. Also Elizabeth his wife who died June 6th 1791 aged 76 years.

There was more than one Wilson family in Great Orton, since the parish registers record at least one marriage between the two families, but this may have been the brother of my 5x great grandfather, Daniel Wilson.

Headstone

 

Which reads: To the memory of John Wilson of Orton who died February 6th 1800 aged 86 years. Also Elizabeth his wife who died June 6th 1791 aged 76 years.

There was more than one Wilson family in Great Orton, since the parish registers record at least one marriage between the two families, but this may have been the brother of my 5x great grandfather, Daniel Wilson.

comments (7)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 18 Jun 2016, 03:22
Healthy stock there, Tom...I expect you will get a telegram from King William.
Tom Wilson: A lot of my ancestors do seem to have lived long, Ray - one of 'em, born in 1734, died in 1830! Pretty good going for the times!
The Wilsons are clearly a long lived stock Tom
Tom Wilson: Some of are, certainly, Bill - one of them lived to be 96 - and he was born in 1734, I think he outlived a number of his sons!
This must have been quite a moving moment for you Tom.
Tom Wilson: Certainly was Richard - and there were older, 18th century stones in the churchyard for Wilsons.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Jun 2016, 08:49
Brilliant - I aught to do a similar thing one day Tom
Tom Wilson: Get to it, Chris - you may find, as I found at Greystoke, that the churchyard had been cleared of the headstones, which had just been piled up on the boundary, making discovery well nigh impossible.
If it is your long passed on relative then this was a great find for you Tom.
Tom Wilson: Yes there were one or two more Wilsons of earlier dates in the churchyard, too. One of these days I'll sort them all out!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Jun 2016, 20:21
It might have been a moving moment to you to stand in front of this headstone and to decipher its words.
Tom Wilson: Indeed, Philine - and there were older headstones recording the deaths of earlier Wilsons who may well be related. Fortunately, unlike so many old churches, the churchyard had not been vandalised by taking down the old stones.
This is a wonderful image, aside from the significance to your family - and on that note - it is always great to find out about ancestors isn't it?!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth - yes, always interesting: I now discover that, through a female line (wife of my 4xGGF) that two of my ancestors were a) Sir Robert Lowther, a 14th century knight, and William Strickland, the 14th century Bishop of Carlisle - as they say, everyone is related to everyone else. I wouldn't be surprised to find a connection with your family one of these days smile

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