Gravestone info. Cowmeadow/Yemm (General)

by jimashton @, Monday, August 22, 2011, 17:29 (3318 days ago)

Gravestones are a mine of information.

Whilst accompanying an Australian 4th cousin around the Forest of Dean, I took dozens of photographs of gravestones mostly in the Forest Church Drybrook.

One of them was for a William James Cowmeadow died 16 Feb 1929 age 52. Married to Ada Charlotte with son Basil John. I had no idea whether William James was amongst the 160 Cowmeadow’s in my Family Tree.

When checking the images, I found I did indeed have a William James Cowmeadow born 1877 in my Family Tree, a 5th cousin three times removed, son of James Cowmeadow a boilerman 1846/1905 (not related) and Leah Bower related via her mother Ann nee Meek 1825/1892, daughter of Joseph Meek 1782/1866 & Hannah Cooke 1792/1869.
I decided to see if I could find the marriage and if in church - his father’s name.

Year: 1902
Month: Mar
Day: 22
Grooms_Surname: COWMEADOW
Grooms_Forenames: William James
Grooms_Age: 25
Groom_Condition: Bachelor
Grooms_Occupation: Boilermaker
Grooms_Residence: Steam Mills
Grooms_Fathers_Surname: Cowmeadow
Grooms_Fathers_Forenames: James
Grooms_Fathers_Occupation: Boilermaker
Brides_Surname: YEMM
Brides_Forenames: Ada Charlotte
Brides_Age: 22
Brides_Condition: Spinster
Brides_Occupation: [not stated]
Brides_Residence: Steam Mills
Brides_Fathers_Surname: Yemm
Brides_Fathers_Forenames: James
Brides_Fathers_Occupation: Collier
Licence_or_Banns: Banns
Date_of_Banns: [not stated]
Signature_or_Mark: both sign
Witness_1: Frank Baker
Witness_2: Ellen Yemm
Parish_Chapel: Drybrook

Next Ada Charlotte Yemm :
Year: 1880
Month: Jan
Day: 14
Parents_Surname: YEMM
Child_Forenames: Ada Charlotte
Fathers_Forenames: James
Mothers_Forenames: Eliza (maiden name Merry)
Residence: Father living in Abinghall
Occupation: Miner
Officiating_Minister: [not stated]
Event: Baptism
Memoranda: daughter of: Born Dec 24th 1879
Register_Reference: D6026 8/1
Parish_Chapel: Mitcheldean Congregational

Next James Yemm & Eliza Merry :

Marriage at Drybrook
Year: 1869
Month: Sept
Day: 6
Grooms_Surname: YEMM
Grooms_Forenames: James
Grooms_Age: 24
Groom_Condition: Bachelor
Grooms_Occupation: Labourer
Grooms_Residence: The Pump
Grooms_Fathers_Surname: Yemm
Grooms_Fathers_Forenames: Sarah
Grooms_Fathers_Occupation: Widow
Brides_Surname: MERRY
Brides_Forenames: Eliza
Brides_Age: 20
Brides_Condition: Spinster
Brides_Residence: The Plump
Brides_Fathers_Surname: Merry
Brides_Fathers_Forenames: Joseph
Brides_Fathers_Occupation: Labourer

I have a James Yemm 1848 in my Family Tree - Born after his mother Sarah nee Wintle's spouse Emanual Yemm had died in 1844, but James used the surname Yemm throughout his life.

1881 Census Abenhall
James Yemm 35 Lab Mitcheldean
Eliza 32 Longhope
James 12 East Dean
Thomas 10 East Dean
Lucy M 8 East Dean
Leah 6 East Dean
Matthew H 4 East Dean
Ada C 1 Abenhall

Sarah Wintle & Emanuel Yemm are only in my Family Tree as Sarah’s sister Mary Wintle 1806 married James Jayne 1803. Their daughter Ann Jayne 1827 married Thomas Marfell.

If you add spouse's siblings and parents, in most cases you make further connections.

I will post the gravestone and add a link to this thread.

Jim Ashton

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