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Tuesday 6 November 2012

Mary Sarah and Richard Gorton of Chuffs Farm, Holyport Berkshire

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Monument to Mary Sarah Gorton and Richard Gorton of Chuffs Farm, Bray Parish Cemetery, Holyport Berkshire.

"Sacred to the memory of Mary Sarah beloved wife of Richard Gorton (of Chuffs Farm Holyport) who died August 10th 1904 aged 76 years.


Richard Gorton who died July 29th 1915 aged 85 years."

Mary Sarah Gorton was born Mary Sarah Snook in 1830 in West Knoyle, Wiltshire to William Snook, a farmer, and his wife Jane Ovens.

Mary lived on her parents farm until her marriage to Richard Gorton, a farmer and baker in 1853 in Highworth Wiltshire.

Richard was born in 1831 in Highworth Wiltshire to Charles Gorton, a baker, and his wife Jane Yeats.

Richard, Mary and their family of twelve children moved around Wiltshire farming until the late 1890s when they moved to Holyport in Berkshire to run Chuffs Farm and Diary.  The 1901 Census shows Richard and Mary living at Chuffs Farms with their daughter Mary.  However Mary Sarah was to pass away three years later.

The 1911 Census shows widowed Richard living with his spinster daughter Mary at 8 Broadway, Maidenhead Berkshire.  Richard was to pass away in 1915.

Their daughter Mary was to pass away in 1929, 14 years after the death of her father.  Unfortunately I have been able to trace her place of burial.

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  1. A nice simple stone. I like it.

  2. Interesting history! And I like your photo -- the stone looks pretty with that inset with the carving.

  3. The green looks very bright on this stone!

  4. A lovely stone, and very considerate of the moss to mostly avoid the carving :-) The flowers are nicely carved. It looks like morning glory (=departure, farewell, resurrection) and a rose (=love, beauty, grace)

  5. Interessant historie! Og jeg liker bildet ditt - steinen ser pen med at innfelt med utskjæring.

    snekker moss

    1. Tranlastion of above - Interesting story! And I like your picture - the stone looks pretty with that flush with carvings.

      Thank you for your comment.


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