Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Cantwell memorials: Old Kilbride cemetery, Arklow, County Wicklow (2)

Two more gravestones from the Old Kilbride cemetery. Both of these honour a mother named Elizabeth Fitzhenry, but the dates are different, so this is not the same Elizabeth.

Erected by
George Wilson
Arklow County Wicklow
in memory of his beloved wife
who died March 28th 1876
aged 36 years
Also of her mother Elizabeth Fitzhenry
Died June 23rd 1862 aged 58 years
and of her sister
Wilhelmina Josephina
Fitzhenry died Sep 18 1860
in her 16 year

We have met Susanna Fitzhenry and George Wilson before - they were married in Arklow in 1864
Susan's father was Robert Ed. Fitzhenry, a shopkeeper - it is not stated whether he was deceased in 1864, but if he was the Robert Edward Fitzhenry, son of William and Sibbella Fitzhenry (see previous post), then he had died in 1847.

Could William have had Robert Edward buried in his family plot, and was there then another plot for Robert Edward's wife and their two daughters? Or were there two Robert Edwards in this town who lived to adulthood?

George had at least 3 sons with Susannah (George, Robert Edward and William Hawkins). He then married Jane Price and they had at least another 4 children. In the 1911 census George was still living in Arklow in comfortable retirement as a widower with his spinster sister-in-law Sarah Anne Price, a dentist.

The next pair are a bit of a mystery. Elizabeth's dates (1787 - 1848) are in the same time frame as William's (1788 - 1859), so she may be the wife of an unknown brother, and hence Robert is William's nephew. However, Robert's dates (1799-1857) means that Elizabeth was only 12 years old when she gave birth to him - I think there is some mistranscription here!

Erected by Robert Fitzhenry
in memory of
his beloved and affectionate mother
Elizabeth Fitzhenry
who departed this life
August 12th 1848
aged 61 years
Also the remains of the above named
Robert Fitzhenry
Who died the 20th of Sept 1857
aged 58 years

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