John I Chapter III (Serendipity)

This blog began with the notion that accident permeates life and this leads to the somewhat haphazard progress in exploring family history. Well, just the other day, I made a surprise discovery.

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St James, Ogley Hay

I had reason to visit the cenotaph, which stands outside the parish church of St James, Ogley Hay. On a whim I took a detour through the churchyard and found the gate to the old graveyard was open. Previously, when I had visited to try to find memorials to my ancestors it was secured by a hefty padlock.

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Ogley Hay graveyard.

The only memorial I had found previously was to Ellen, the wife of Tom Dennis, of the Railway Tavern, and their son, John. I wrote up the story for BrownhillsBob and it can be found here.

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Memorial to Ellen Dennis and son John

Eventually, I found the headstone for great grandparents Emma and John Dennis, but it appears the others have disappeared. My grandparents and 2nd great grandparents should be there also. Nonetheless, I have placed one more piece in the puzzle.

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AFFECTIONATE
REMBRANCE OF
EMMA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JOHN DENNIS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL 25TH 1906
AGED 49 YEARS
ASLEEP IN JESUS
ALSO OF JOHN DENNIS
WHO DIED DEC 28TH 1915
AGED 63 YEARS

MOURN NOT FOR THOSE WHOM GOD HATH BLEST
ARE TAKEN TO THEIR HEAVENLY REST.
FREE FROM ALL SORROW GRIEF AND PAIN,
OUR LOSS IS THEIR ETERNAL GAIN.

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One thought on “John I Chapter III (Serendipity)

  1. Hi Andrew never knew there was a Head Stone of Great Granddad and Great Grandmother Dennis will have to have a walk up that way soon, this a wonderful read about the Dennis and Browns Family well done enjoyed reading it.
    Martin

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