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DEAR KAREN

Karen Clare shares more genealogical gems, tragic tales and fantastic family history stories sent in by readers. This issue we’re counting the ancestors in a cemetery, finding out how bollards got their shape and sharing a touching discovery about the origins of a name

A BURIAL RECORD... ?

Keen genealogist Vic Grimes has dropped me a line with a challenge for fellow readers. He says: ‘We all know us genealogists like checking out a cemetery. Well can anyone top this: I have around 28 ancestors buried at one cemetery. The cemetery is called Ripple Road cemetery in Barking, Essex.

‘They range from Francis Gliddon Hearn, who is my 4th greatgrandfather. He died 1907 aged 84 but there is no headstone to mark where it is. He is not the first of my ancestors buried there, that honour goes to my 3rd great-grandmother. She was Mary Hearn née Watson, buried there in 1899. The last one buried there is my greatuncle William J Turner, who passed away in 1995. He is buried with his son but is not marked on the headstone. They range from third great-uncle to 1st cousins 3x removed. I have 15 Hearns, four Turners, four Fairbrass and two Normans, etc.’

Can anyone count more than Vic’s 28 ancestors laid to rest in one cemetery or graveyard?

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