Here is another gravestone at St. Mary’s church, Conistone, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in England.
This is the resting place of my 1st cousin 3x removed, Thomas Frederick Spink. Also his wife Elizabeth Ann and two of their three sons, Frederick Ellis and John Aubrey.
Thomas was born about 1881 to parents Joseph Spink and Isabella Hannah Metcalfe. He appears on the 1881 and 1891 census returns living with his parents.
By 1901 Thomas had left home and moved to Barwick in Elmet, near Tadcaster – about 45 miles from Conistone. Thomas and two other brothers (Joseph Ellis and Robert Aubrey) are living with their oldest brother, John Metcalfe Spink and his family. John’s occupation is a self employed butcher and Thomas is working as a butchers assistant.
In 1911 Thomas is back home with his parents living in Skipton, Yorkshire and his occupation is butcher.
The next record I have for Thomas is when he marries Elizabeth Ann Fawcett about June 1918. Their marriage is registered in Skipton. I haven’t done any research on Elizabeth’s line so have no further information about her.
Thomas and Elizabeth had at least three sons
• John Aubrey – born 24th December 1918
• Frederick Ellis – born about March 1921
• Jeffrey – born about December 1923
I spoke about Frederick Ellis a few weeks ago. He died on active service in the RAF during WW2 on the 8th August 1944. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DCF).
Just under a year later on 24th June 1945 Elizabeth died and her death is recorded in the Skipton registration district in Yorkshire.
I haven’t been able to find any further information about Thomas. I know from the gravestone that he died on 9th January 1959.
The other son buried here at St. Mary’s is John Aubrey. I don’t have any confirmed information about his life. I have found what is possibly a marriage for John but I haven’t spent any money on getting the certificate. He died on 28th July 2000.