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February 22, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: He of the Smallpox

Filed under: DAILY BLOGGING THEMES, Tombstone Tuesday — Tags: , , , — rootsresearcher @ 10:55 pm

This is another one of the wall tombstones that I found inside St. Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

As far as I know this is not connected to my ancestors but I thought it interesting enough to take a photo of it!

Original photograph taken by me at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - copyright 2011


The Inscription reads as follows: 
Near this  …(?) lye the Body of
Sarah Wife of John West of
Aylesbury  Ironmonger  Eldest
Daughter of Martinas Dynall
Stationer  Dyed October 5th
1729  aged 43.
And Thomas Veere West only
Son of the Said John & Sarah
He of the Small pox
June 28th 1742
aged 29
I thought the writing on the inscription was a bit more flamboyant than usually seen. 
We don’t often see on tombstones the reason for someone’s death so this one is a little more unique in that respect.  I hope the young gentleman had a happy life although a short one!


  1. There is in the graveyard of sweethear abbey in Dumfries & Galloway a head stone which features on the reverse a family tree!

    Comment by Julie — February 22, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

    • Hallo Julie, We used to live in the Dumfries and Galloway area and actually visited Sweetheart Abbey, but, we did not come across the headstone you refer to. What a wonderful thing to miss! Someone is very lucky to have their family’s tree there, carved in stone. I’m envious. Have you been there?

      Kind regards,


      Comment by rootsresearcher — February 22, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

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