05. Other Fishleighs at Holy Trinity

The first of the sarcophagi I mentioned earlier is seen in this photo.  Actually very little of the small sarcophagus can be seen becsuse the camera was aiming at the headstone which accompanies it.  The headstone reads:

Erected to the memory of John, son of John Fishleigh (Yeoman) by Mary his present wife of Grawley in this parish who departed this life on the 8th day of April in the year of our Lord 1851 aged 6 years. All is not lost but taken from the evil to come.

One Sarcophagus

Still largely hidden under a yew I found young John before I discovered Jane and Bartholomew on the wall behind.

John’s parents are buried below Jane and Barholmew’s plaque as well.

MI John and Mary Fishleigh of Grawley

The other sarcophagus lies closer to the church wall and was not easy to navigate on the first visit.

It took a second photo to capture Mary on the same memorial.

The second foot of the second sarcophagus

The foot of the second sarcophagus showing Mary Fishleigh's inscription.

Sacred to the memory of John Fishleigh Yeoman of Grawley in this parish who departed this life on the 29th day of June 1874 aged 76 years.

The sun  shall no more go down neither shall the moon withdraw itself for the Lord shall be thine ever lasting light and the days of the mourning shall be ended.

Also in memory of Mary widow of the above who died 8th November 1867 aged 54 years.

There is a headstone nearby to the memory of George Fishleigh, another son of John and Mary Fishleigh of Grawley who died prematurely.

Sacred to the memory of George, son of John Fishleigh Yeoman by Mary his late wife of Grawley in this parish who departed this life on the 4th of April 1859 aged 30 years. Come with me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. St. Matt. Chap. xi, ver. 28.

MI George Fishleigh

Not far from the rest of his family we found another son of John and Mary of Grawley.

Soon we discovered a second Bartholomew Fishleigh memorial at Holy Trinity.   This one, like the man on the plaque,  is another “Bartholowmew Junior“.  Our goal is to sort out the Bartholomews.  Every piece of evidence we can gather will have to come into play here.

The inscription reads: Sacred to the memory of Barw Fishleigh Junr of this parish who died on the 3rd day of Dec 1863 aged 45 years. Weep not my wife and children dear that I have left behind for young and old must all appear at God’s appointed time. So we have been given a date of death, an age at death and we know that this Bartholomew is survived by his wife and children. Because this Barthoomew lived into the Victorian period we will have access to civil registration and census records for him which makes the pursuit of his genealogy far easier than for the Barholomew of the plaque born one hundred years earlier.

This gravestone sits on its own, not among other Fishleighs, on the south side of Holy Trinity.

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