Day: June 4, 2019

Tombstone Tuesday – Harry Buckley (1892-1944) and Matilda Buckley (1885-1974)

This is the headstone of Harry and Matilda Buckley at St. John’s church in Cononley, Yorkshire. I took the photograph on a recent trip to the village.


Harry Buckley is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Herbert Buckley and Margaret Abbott. Our common ancestors are Thomas Buckley and Henrietta Mason (my 3x great grandparents).

Harry was born on 13 August 1892 in Cononley. He was the third of nine children born to Herbert and Margaret Buckley. In the 1901 and 1911 census returns Harry was living at 108 Main Street, Cononley. In 1911 he was working as a “warper” in a textile mill.

Matilda Hainsworth was born on 12 February 1885 at Fellbeck, near Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire. Her parents are James Hainsworth and Rebecca Ackroyd. In the 1911 census Matilda, and her sister Leonora were living together in Cononley.

On 4 October 1913 Harry and Matilda were married at St. John’s church in Cononley. They had three children:-

Margaret – born in 1914 and died in 1915
Eric – born in 1920 and died in 2012
Percy Hainsworth – born in 1924 and died in 2012

In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Harry and Matilda were still living in Cononley with Harry continuing to work in the textile industry.

Harry died early in 1944 – he was buried at St. John’s church on 11 January.

Matilda lived for a further 30 years – she was buried on 7 October 1974.