Back in July 2014, Bob and I visited my ancestral haunts in Lincolnshire, England, after a couple weeks in Europe. I wrote in a post 26 July 2014, "Don't Do What I Did When Visiting A Parish Church and Graveyard," that I didn't get a picture of Alan's and my 4th great grandparents' headstone in the North Cotes parish churchyard.
Well on this trip -- four years later -- I was determined to get that picture! And I did. It wasn't easy though. We got to the churchyard and started to hunt for the headstone. Of course, I had left a not-so-good picture of the headstone back in Illinois, so I had to go by memory of what I saw in the image that could point to its approximate location. I remembered seeing a corner of the church building on the left side of the face of the headstone image. So around we went to each corner of the church. We looked and looked and looked at headstones. Nothing. Bob took another approach and yelled out "It's here!"
Low and behold, there it was under old chestnut trees in shade. Looking at the headstone's face, the church's corner was just where it was in the picture.
|Arrow shows where 4th great grandparents William and Elizabeth (Knight) PORTAS' headstone was found in |
the St. Nicholas parish churchyard, North Cotes, Lincolnshire, England.
Over the years the shade has put a lot of green mossy smeary stuff on the headstone and it was a little hard to read, but that didn't matter, at least I was there and I could get a picture of it. I don't try to clean headstones because these old ones are fragile and any cleaner could damage it worse than that green stuff.
IN MEMORY OF
OF NORTH COATS
WHO DIED JULY 19th 1827
AGED 74 YEARS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 21, 1847
AGED 80 YEARS
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE…
|Cousin Alan and me with the headstone of our |
4th great grandparents William and Elizabeth (Knight) PORTAS.
|Bottom entry is the burial record for |
William PORTAS, North Coats, 19th July, 74, T. Harris Curate.
|First entry in North Coats Register for the year 1786, |
is Joseph son of William and Elizabeth Portas was bapt May 7th