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Little Crosby Church
Created by Anna Tumilty
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Words cannot begin to express the gratitude of myself and my father for the
work you have placed into this project of taking an inventory of the
tombstones at St Mary's Church in Little Crosby. As well, your having
accessed the census of 1881 has saved an incredible amount of work for
Peter, whom I suspect is your father, responded to a plea for help I had left
on the Genforum website for the Frith family quite some time ago. For a
variety of reasons, I had not renewed my internet connection (well, to be to
the point, computers and I don't get along very well), and a relative who was
to monitor the sites for responses on my behalf has failed to do so.
Consequently, I did not see the the response until I was visiting my Great
Aunt who lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. So I sent a message, to which Peter
responded, giving me your web address.
I live in Calgary, Alberta. I am 36 years old and work for Air Canada. I have
friends in England who live in Sheffield, and I have been to Sheffield
several times. However, my Dad and I knew nothing about ancestry having
resided in Little Crosby.
My Grandmother O'Grady, who passed away last Christmas at the age of 87, told
me she remembered her mother-in-law telling her that she was orphaned at a
young age and sailed with an Aunt from Liverpool to Canada, and that her
family had resided near Liverpool.
I found out from another relative that my Great Grandmother O'Grady (nee
Frith) used to write to her brother Luke Frith Jr. and send him gifts during
WWII when times were tough. Otherwise, all connection with the family was
Well, I don't want to bore you too much with details, but I thought I'd just
leave you with my connection to this family in case some other Frith or
Latham family members get in touch with you.
Myself, Joseph Edward Kent O'Grady, age 36, born 1965 in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan; son of Terrence O'Grady, age 65, born 1936 in the town of
Allan, Saskatchewan. Terrence O'Grady married my mother, Phyllis Slack in
My Dad Terrence was the eldest of four children born to Latham O'Grady and
Joan Renny. Latham was born in January of 1901 in Listowel, Ontario. He died
in September of 1948. He married my Grandmother in 1933.
Latham was the eldest child of Edward O'Grady and Ellen Josephine Frith.
Edward was born in the Listowel area of Ontario. Ellen Josephine Frith, my
Great Grandmother, was born in Little Crosby, as we have learned. She came to
Canada about the age of 7 years. We know nothing of her early life, but she
married my Great Grandfather in Toronto in 1900. We do know from the Church
records, and from the census you supplied, that she was the youngest of 9
children (possibly 10 children). She was born in 1880. I suspect from the
census returns that she was named in honour of an older sister, Ellen, who
died at the age of 5 in 1878. Since
Luke Frith Sr., her father, died in 1883 at 41 years, and her mother Ellen
Latham Frith died in 1886, the family was likely destitute. We know Ellen's
brother Luke would later be a farmer, he resided on a farm as late as WWII.
Otherwise, we know nothing about what became of him or his siblings. We
suspect we have distant cousins living in England...likely of 8 other
children at least some survived to have families. One day we hope to find
some of them.
Ellen Josephine Frith, my Great Grandmother, as I noted, was the last child
of Luke Frith and Ellen Latham. We do not know who Luke Frith Sr. parents
were, but we do know Ellen Latham's parents were Robert Latham and Mary
Gilbertson. This we've learned from records held by the Mormon Church in Salt
Lake City, who (for whatever reason) are really into genealogy.
Well, I hope I haven't bored you too much. I just thought I would send to you
my family information, in case you run into one of my distant cousins, even
if that possibility is slim.
Once again, thank you so very much for your help. The tombstone inscriptions
are very appreciated, and the census returns as well.
You are to be commended for your hard work!
Sincerest Best Wishes, and regards to Peter.
Peter Tumilty here. This looks like a direct hit on your family 1881 census
Dwelling: Ince Town
Census Place: Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Source: FHL Film 1341885 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3696 Folio 144
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
William LOVELADY W 79 M Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Occ: Farm Labourer
Thomas LOVELADY U 52 M Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Occ: Farm Labourer
James WAINWRIGHT M 49 M Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Rel: Son In Law
Occ: Farm Labourer
Catherine WAINWRIGHT M 48 F Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Rel: Wife (Daur)
Margaret WAINWRIGHT U 21 F Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Rel: Daur (Grand)
Occ: No Occupation
Joseph WAINWRIGHT U 18 M Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Rel: Son (Grand)
Mary WAINWRIGHT 16 F Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Rel: Daur (Grand)
Occ: Servant Domestic
James WAINWRIGHT 13 M Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Rel: Son (Grand)
John WAINWRIGHT 10 M Ince Blundell, Lancashire, England
Rel: Son (Grand)
Just to say that I think your site is not only informative but a delight
I'm very impressed with your web site. I'm many times your age, and do not believe I could accomplish anything like this. Even though I do not had ancestors from this area I enjoyed the photos and names. I live in Michigan in the USA.
I don't have any relatives from your part of England, but I received
an email which described your web site from someone who does - you are
You have put together a very nice website; it is clean and plain, full
of interesting information instead of the usual irritating flashing
pictures and gimmicks.
All the best with your venture; it is very impressive for a beginner.
(in Johannesburg, at the tip of Africa)
ps I look after web servers, so I see lots of web sites, from really
good to really awful
This is a note to congratulate you on your great website and to wish you all
the best of good fortune in your future endeavours.
I looked at your site out of curiosity. I doubt that any of my ancestors
were from Liverpool although I know many Irish people landed in Liverpool
during the potato famine and I do have some Irish ancestors who turned up in
London in about 1860-70 who could have arrived via Liverpool. So I shall
keep looking at your site from time to time to see if you list any Mahoney's
Thank you for sharing your work.
Beryl Edwards in Beautiful B.C. Canada.
Peter, Thanks for showing me this site. Your daughter has made a good start - done a great job so far. I'll keep an eye on it, and will consider adding a link to it from our site when it has developed a little more.. Regards, Simon
I enjoyed looking at your site, keep up the good work, and if you come upon and shield surnames please let me know
Pleased to come across your site with MI transcriptions at Little Crosby. I have indexed it in the "Monumental Inscriptions on Line" section of my site at www.oldroots.co.uk. Keep up the good work!
Good job, well done, keep up the good work.
Dave, Ontario, Canada ( ex Waterloo 1952)
Your daughters site is wonderful. We will be getting a new Webmaster in the next couple of weeks, I will print our your email for her to review and set up the link.
What a wonderful project you have undertaken. I am quite impressed with your presentation; and the fact you have made it simple and informative. The pictures are very good and add so much more interest. Keep up the excellent work. You have talent.
Hello Peter and Anna,
I have great pleasure in including a link to your new website from my
cemeteries site and wish you every success with your project.
Anna are you doing this project as part of your course work for school
or is it something you have an interest in for other reasons? I don't
know how big the churchyard is but it could turn out to be a fair sized
undertaking especially with your intention to try to relate the burials
to the census. You may find that if you talk to the vicar he/she will
allow you to transcribe from the burial register and so find out every
one who was buried in a grave rather than just those who are named on
Have you thought of giving the local library a printed version of the
site or the transcriptions when complete, this would then form an
archive in case the stones are ever removed or damaged in the future.
You have made a very impressive start keep up the good work.
http://freespace.virgin.net/guy.etchells Transcripts, Parish
Records, Calendar, Scaleable Map of Uk. Link to LDS website,
Abbreviations, Returns of Owners of Lands etc. etc.
Transcripts, Etch/ells Transcripts
http://gye.future.easyspace.com Worldwide Cemetery Links, Monumental
Inscriptions, War Graves, etc.
Churches & MIs. in the Wakefield Area
Transcripts of 1st Baptist Burial ground, Ossett
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~framland/tmi.htm Photos of
St. James Churchyard, Wakefield
M.Is. in St. John the Evangelist Churchyard, Staincross
I am interested in the WRIGHT info from your web page on cem.
Could you email it?
I am in Maine.
Very nice page. Keep up the good work.
I have ancestors who died in the Liverpool area and so I looked up your web
page, but alas, the ones I'm searching for were not there. Maybe you could
tell me, if you know, if "Kirkdale" is a cemetery name, or a district in
Liverpool? Anyway, I just wanted to thank you so very much for providing
this wonderful page, I'm sure people all over the world will be benefited by
your efforts. Wish I'd found my family - but I'll keep looking.
Thanks ... from a distant genealogy researcher
Thank you very much for looking at my website I am making a lot of progress
but it is hard to balance it between homework and animals!!
Thank you for your E ~ mail and I will be glad to help you find your family
but I will have a quick look around the church yard to see I can find any
'Smiths' if that is the name you are looking for please contact me if you
are after other names.
I will be glad to have a quick look around so you don't have to wait ages to
see the name of your relatives pop up on the screen!!
Kirkdale is an area of Liverpool and the largest cemetery near there is
Anfield Cemetery, dad says he is sure the records from that church are
already on the Internet.
Please Keep visiting my site to see more information coming on
Anna Tumilty : )
Anna - thanks ever so much for the reply and the two web pages that you sent
... I'm NOT looking for Smith's ... please don't go to any extra troubles,
but if you happen to see the name I'm looking for, I would surely like to
know. I will give you some basic info - and it seems to be a name perhaps
not too common, there were NONE in the Kirkdale or Anfield cemeteries - so
it may pop up some other place. My ancestor is
John Gentle born about 1841 & died in 1911 & wife Emmie/Annie (also Gentle)
born 1837- after 1912. They had four children Margaret, John, Andrew &
Margaret (b. about 1863) married a Dunning (and I did find several of these,
but can't be sure if it may be part of the family, as I don't have enough
Most of this information came to me from a found letter from one of John's
cousins who was living in Iowa (USA) back to his family home in Canada -
talking about the death of "cousin John, in May 1911". Then I found them in
a marriage record, the 1881 census and I have his death certificate.
I've worked with finding cemetery locations for people here in Indiana, and
I know what kind of a job that can be. Please don't think I'm asking you to
find these people - but if you see "GENTLE" on a stone, please think of me.
Many thanks - you haave been so helpful.
you must be the youngest webmaster I have put a link on for!
Good work! Looking forward to seeing the 1881 census go up.
Link added on
uploading in about an hour,
Anna Tumilty wrote:
Dear Sir or Madam, Can I submit the following link to your site, www.sunnyfields.freeserve.co.uk/church it is headstone transcriptions and photographs etc of the church. Regards Anna Tumilty
You have a lovely page and I did enjoy it very much. Found no recognizable names but you never know what might turn up.
Congratulations on a job well done.
I think that you and your Dad are doing a wonderful job. I live in Perth, Western Australia but was born in Glasgow, Scotland. My parents moved to Great Crosby many years ago and I used to love to visit them. It is so very pretty in your part of the country and your photos brought back many happy memories. I wish you lots of luck with your project and I know that this will help a great many "Family Tree Shakers"
Thanks Patricia Spaull
I just wanted to say 'Thanks' for your hard work even though I personally haven't seen a connected name, yet.
Bea (an American in Germany)
This is such a big challenge for a young girl.
Although I do not have any relatives in Crosby I just
like to say what a great idea! Hundred of people are
going to use this site in the future thanks to your
Best of luck with the project and hope the braces come
No need to reply if your busy. Spend the time on the
Well done with your site. I don't think any of my ancestors are
area, but there's always a chance I'll find something.
Your highlighted date - from a written document?:
In old documents the writing is often very difficult to translate. In this
case I would suggest that where you think it is an 'r' it is actually an
'x'. The way people used to write an x often makes it look like an r or a p.
So it is the xxiii rd of February. In Roman numerals that is the 23rd.
The year is also written in Roman numerals: m =1000 d=500 ccc=300, but then
rlb? I guess you've got some x's and v's in there again, I couldn't tell
without seeing the original but I would guess that it is xv (v's were often
written with a very high vertical first stroke, makes them look like a b) =
15, then ii =2.
Add them all together to make 1817.
Age 'rir', are these x's again? Perhaps xix = 19
Thank you for the great job you are doing. I found your site very interesting and I can see it will be useful to me in the future. I was born in Ormskirk and educated at Seafield in Great Crosby. I emigrated to New Zealand in 1955 and have lived here ever since. I'm a keen Family History researcher and have many ancestors in and around the Ormskirk, and Liverpool areas. Keep up the good work.
Regards Patricia Spray (New Zealand)
Thomas Blundell esquire who died on the rriii rd of February
mdcccrlbii aged rir
With regards to your query above. I don't know of any Roman Numerals including r or b. However, if we look at this logically I think we can work it out. The rd will only go with 3rd Feb or 23 Feb. My feeling is that the r should stand for x or ten. Therefore we have 23rd Feb. The year works out to m = 1000, d = 500, c = 100. Thus so far we have mdccc = 1800. Next we have rl. l = 50 and the only thing that can be put in front of it is an x, so once again r is standing for x giving us ten less that 50 which is 40. So now we have 1840. The only numerals that can go after an l are x, v and i. We have a b. If the b stood for ten it would give us 12 which doesn't make any sense, so the b must stand for v or five. With ii on the end that now makes 1847. If we use the same rules for the age r = 10 and ir = nine, so he died aged 19 years. I can't give you any proof that my theory is correct, but hopefully it will help.
Regards Patricia NZ
I would be pleased to look at a scan of the writing and give you
I am no expert, but I do have experience of translating hundreds of
documents from the 1500's to 1800's.
Send me a scan, or let me know when it is posted on your site.
1847 would be mdcccxlxvii, so your other person may well be correct. Need to
see the scan to be sure.
I have found since I started researching family since before the
in existence or even thought of.now I've found people love to see
tombstones in any condition shape,size etc .since sometimes you find
clues or hnts on them.might you if you have any put pictures of cemetery
& tombstones also on this site.thanks for your time.Janice Mullally
researching relatives in Britian
No doubt about it now.
23rd, aged 19, 1847
I want to tell you what a wonderful job you have done on your
web site. You
should be very proud !
I have one suggestion. As a fellow researcher, I am looking for a particular
name (SANDBACH) . It would be easier for me to search the headstone list if
you put them in alphabetical order rather than grave site order.
Just a little suggestion !
Keep up the great work !
Susan SANDBACH Mellott