Barry's Relatively Speaking: English Tombstone Inscriptions

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Mary Jane shares the following experience.

During my two and a half years in England I visited many old cemeteries and found the following tombstone inscriptions.
At Conway, Carnarvonshire, one of the tombs of the church has the following inscription:

"Nicholas Hockes, of Conway

Gent, who was the forty first child of his father,

Wm Hockes, Esq., by Alice, his wife, who

was himself the father of twenty-seven children,

he died 20th March, 1627." Rhymed dialogue between husband and wife in Hertford Cemetery:

"Woman: Grieve not for me my husband dear,

I am not dead, but sleeping here,

With patience wait, prepare to die And, in a short time, you'll come to I.

"Man: I am not grieved, my dearest life,

Sleep on, I have got another wife,

Therefore I cannot come to thee

For I must go and live with she!"

On a stone in a Dorset Church: "Man's Life Man is a glass: Life is a water that's weakly Walled about: Sin bringes death: Death br&akes the glass: So runnes the water out. Finis."

Taken from a tombstone in Bunhill Fields, London:

"Here lies Dame Mary Page Relict of Sir Gregory Page, Bart. She departed this life March 4th, 1728, In the 56th year of her age. In 67 months she was tapped 66 times. Had taken away 240 gallons of water, without ever repining at her case, or ever fearing the operation."


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