For my Tombstone Tuesday post this week, I am showing the grave of my partner Paul’s great uncle Joseph MOYLE which Joseph shares with his wife and son.
Paul only met his great uncle Joseph a couple of times when he was a little boy, but remembers him with great fondness and that he seemed a very kind and generous man. Paul remembers that great uncle Joseph went off to New Zealand, but had no idea when or whereabouts he lived there.
We did some digging and delving in New Zealand, discovered great uncle Joseph’s family there and also found out that great uncle Joseph actually travelled to New Zealand with his brother Frederick and Frederick’s family. They were all going to a new life but it seems that once landing in New Zealand, great uncle Joseph and Frederick had a parting of the ways!!
This seems a very huge graveyard so it would certainly have been almost impossible for us to find had we decided to go and visit New Zealand!!
This is a close-up of the Inscription to Joseph’s wife Elizabeth Jane (nee GOLDSWORTHY) originally of St. Just, Cornwall, UK and their son William Edward who was born I believe in New Zealand and Joseph’s own Inscription has just managed to be shown. Joseph originally came from Helston, Cornwall, UK and married Elizabeth there in 1903.
We will always be very very grateful to the very kind woman who found this grave as a Random Act of Genealogical Kindness for us. She went further, she very kindly placed the white flowers you can see for Paul’s ancestors and did not stop there!! She also very kindly looked up the death certificates for Joseph, Elizabeth and William and sent copies of those to us as well as all the photos. And I must say, New Zealand Death Certificates have so much more information on them, including great detail about those that travel to New Zealand from other countries. We did not expect the Certificates, so were greatly surprised and so appreciative of that very kind woman’s help.