Thorpe Thewles History Group

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Re: Interested in family history?

Hi Cathy,

I think ‘never be afraid of asking’ is always a good start. You may not get the answer you want but at least you have made the effort to ask.

As you correctly state Alfred and Maria where at Egton on the night of the 1911 Census but they were simply visiting their recently widowed daughter Ellen Eliza. (John James, Sarah Jane and Lilian Kate living in their parents’ home in Thorpe Thewles). With Ellen Eliza having four children (9,6,3 and 9 months) she would have appreciated their help.

Alfred and Maria had 12 children but unfortunately none were baptised at St James’, Thorpe Thewles.

I too have made the link of Alfred Stone marrying Maria Ayley between Oct-Dec 1867 in Ongar Registration District in the county of Essex.

Unfortunately I can not recall gravemarker(s) existing for these burials and I have checked against the burial survey we did and this confirms my memory.

Of the burials you list the abode of the deceased is entered as Thorpe Thewles except for Lucy where it is Woodend.

I can report that Alfred also rests in the graveyard. His burial was on 24th July 1925. The reason why you have not located it is due to the fact he is entered under Stones.

Frederick and Annie Stone also rest in the graveyard and have a gravemarker which reads ‘Treasured memories of my dear husband also Annie, wife of the above’ with their dates of death and ages respectively (Frederick 10th July 1958 78years, Annie 16th Dec 1970 88 years). Burial register has Frederick of 5 Railway Cottages, Stillington formerly of Thorpe Thewles and Annie of 17 Eden Drive, Sedgefield).

I hope this helps.

Keep smiling … Paul

Re: Interested in family history?

Hi again Paul
Thanks so much for the info! Incredible! I'd been looking for them for quite a while. Just to summarize, Maria Stone is buried there but there is no gravestone? How unusual that Maria's husband is listed under Stones, wonder what family memeber gave the info or maybe just a human error. I'd love to make a donation to your group, I'm so appreciative. (and I'm in Canada, are you set up for that? or I could mail a money order?)
Many thanks, Cathy