Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The First Burial in Walkley Cemetery Sheffield - Mary Pousty (1806 - 1880)

As you may have gathered from the blog, I am a Friend of Walkley Cemetery and have been since the group's inception. A number of my and my wife's ancestors are buried there.

I came across these photographs that I took nearly eight years ago on 25th May 2008.

 This headstone marks the first burial in the Cemetery and is for a Mary Pousty who was born in Gleadless on 25th June 1908 and "fell asleep in Crookesmoor" on May 9th 1880. Mary was buried two days later on May 11th 1880 age 73 years

Here are a few additional details -

Household Record  1871 British Census Census RG 10 piece 76 Folio 5 Page 4
Shawfield St, St Luke, London Middlesex
Richard Lunn     Head     m          31     1840          Kent  
Martha Lunn     Mother           f     71     1800          Yorkshire    
Mary Pousty     Aunt               f     64     1807          Kent
John P Clegg     Boarder     m     22     1849          Staff
Rodes William P     Boarder     m     22     1849          Staff
Moreton Charles Z     Boarder     m     22     1849          Warwickshire

Household Record  1881 British Census 
Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Richard LUNN   Head   M   Male   41   Bromley, Kent, England   Artist In Oil & Water Colours    
Elizabeth Valentine LUNN   Wife   M   Female   33   Armthorpe, York, England   Housewife    
Martha Annie LUNN   Daughter      Female   3   Sheffd, York, England       
Martha LUNN   Mother   W   Female   82   Gleadless, York, England       
Mary Ann POASTY   Cousin   U   Female   41   Gleadless, York, England   Nurse Dom    
Clara Ellen COATES   Servant   U   Female   20   Wisewood, York, England   General Servant Dom    
Source Information:
Dwelling   60 Barbour Rd Census Place Nether Hallam, York, England   Family History Library Film   1342117   Public Records Office Reference   RG11   Piece / Folio   4627 / 39   Page Number   27

1880 Death
Mary Pousty died 2nd qtr 1880 Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorks aged 73 (Derived birth 1807)
1880 Burial
Mary Pousty 11 May 1880 aged 73 Walkley St Mary, West Riding Yorkshire

Incidentally the headstone is in remarkable condition for its age - a testament to the skill and workmanship of the Victorian stonemason 

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