Here’s a rather understated tombstone and I think that the family gave quite a lot of thought to it with the little scroll effect at the bottom.
In Loving Memory of
wife of Isaac Gawthrop
of Crow Nest Farm, Colne
Died Jany. 16th 1922
Aged 60 years
Alice Gawthrop (nee Snowden) is the wife of my first cousin 3x removed.
She was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire sometime in 1862. As yet I don’t have any information about Alice’s parents. To be honest I haven’t looked – it isn’t one of the priorities on my to do list.
Alice married Isaac Gawthrop in the first quarter of 1885 and the marriage was registered at Skipton in North Yorkshire.
The first time that they appear on a census together is 1891. They had moved to Trawden in Lancashire – only a short distance away. Isaac is shown as a farmer. Sometime over the next ten years they moved to 28 Market Street, Colne, still in Lancashire and Isaac is now working as a stonemason.
Between 1887 and 1898 Alice and Isaac had four children
- Johnny (c1887)
- Edith Ann (c1890)
- Joseph (c1892)
- Ida (c1898)
Given the six year gap between Joseph and Ida I have wondered if there was at least one other child who didn’t survive – but I haven’t looked at the death records to try and confirm this.
Alice’s tombstone suggests that sometime after 1901 they had moved again and that perhaps Isaac was farming at Crow Nest Farm.