Walker Ellison’s Grave in Baildon, Yorkshire UPDATE

Walker Ellison was buried in the churchyard at St. John’s Parish Church in Baildon, Yorkshire on April 2, 1841.

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His gravestone is a table top tomb and it is located near the church:  “From the church porch, a path ( made out of headstones) leads to a gap in a hedge. If you go through this gap you enter a small section of the  graveyard . To the left  of the entrance is a              row of table tombs- ie horizontal headstones  supported by stone on the two short sides. The gravestone is about the third such stone from the entrance.” Michael Lawson.

Mike Lawson is a volunteer at St. John’s and he and his colleagues have cleared away this area of the churchyard where Walker is buried. He generously met us at the church and showed us around. Thank you, Mike.

Mike also provided me with the inscription on Walker’s gravestone. It was nearly impossible to take a photo to make the inscription legible.

‘Sacred to the memory of Walker Ellison of Baildon died March 31st 1841 in the 23rd year of  his age. Also of Jeremiah Thomas , brother of the above November 24th 1844 aged 19 years. Both the sons of the late Mr Benjamin Ellison of Burnsall, formerly of Birkenshaw. Also of Peter, infant son of William and Elizabeth Ellison who died September 9th,1850.’

Note that Walker’s brother Jeremiah Thomas Ellison is buried with him. And also his nephew, son of William Ellison.

 

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The legs of Walker’s table tombstone.
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This is the view of the church from Walker’s grave.
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The churchyard closest to the church. Note that tombstones were lain flat to create a walking path, in the 1970s.

Much of the churchyard is overgrown and largely inaccessible. Mike had access to a pamphlet of all the inscriptions in the graveyard as it is impossible to find someone in certain sections. I did have him check for Margaret Ellison’s parents, Francis and Sarah Cooper, who are also buried here but they do not have a stone marker. Mike explained that whomever buried Walker spent a great deal of money doing so, including the cost of bringing his body to Baildon from Easingwold, where he died. About 35 miles away. Many people, like Francis and Sarah Cooper, simply did not have the money to purchase a stone marker.

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I am fairly certain I am the first descendant of Walker’s to visit his grave since his widow and two children left for America in 1848. My great-grandmother tried to find it in the 70s when she visited England and thought he’d been buried in Easingwold.  Walker was only 23 when he died.

Descendancy:

Walker Ellison ~ Benjamin Walker Ellison~ William Arthur Ellison ~ Harold Delmont Ellison ~ James Arthur Ellison ~ my mother ~ myself

 

 

 

 

 

Carroll and Ferrigan Family Home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland

Bridget Carroll Butler and her older brother Patrick were born in this Ferrigan Family home in Leitrim, County Down, Northern Ireland to John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll.

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Back of the photo below reads (written to Bridget Carroll Butler): “The same crowd taken outside of your old house at the Sheephill.”

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Now here is the house when my grandmother visited in the 1970s:

 

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A barn with a red door was attached to the back of this home. In the 1970s the barn was over 300 years old.

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Patrick Carroll’s sheet in Grandma’s book. He was the son of John and Mary (Ferrigan) Carroll. Patrick met my great-grandmother Bridget when she landed in America at Castle Garden in New York on her own as a young woman.

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Here is Patrick F. Carroll, presumably with Catherine Kelley, his wife.

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Patrick’s obituary. Mrs. William Buttes should read Mrs. William Butler :

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Carroll Family in County, Down

My Carroll Family were in Leitrim then Clough then Sheeptown in County Down. Baptismal records show Rathfriland also. And John Carroll and Mary Ferrigan were married in Hilltown at the Roman Catholic church in 1860. I am not sure which church.

Can you help identify the people in the photos?

John Carroll Jr’s wife was named Bridget. They were buried in Newry.

From Grandma: “John came to Detroit many years ago but his family, outside of his son Pat (Packy), stayed in Ireland. John had gone home often and after staying 3 months would always return to Detroit. There were four children: Maryann O’Hanlon, Patrick, Katie.” Grandma did not list number four. John’s sister, Bridget Carroll Butler, lived in Detroit along with all of her children. They moved to Detroit in the 1920’s from Iowa.

 

Back of top picture: Kate Carroll, John Carroll, Mary Ann, Bridget, John and Wife, Mary Ann, Paddy Murphy

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Ethel Tasker Childhood Family Photos (1926-1955)

Tasker Family Dorothy Tasker is in center wearing hat. The child directly in front of her is Ethel Tasker. Circa 1926
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Dorothy Tasker is in center wearing hat. The child directly in front of her is Ethel Tasker. Circa 1926
Ethel Tasker Palmer Park, Detroit 1924
Ethel Tasker
Palmer Park, Detroit
1924
Ethel & Grace Tasker Longwood Street, Detroit 1924
Ethel & Grace Tasker
Longwood Street, Detroit
1924
Marjorie, Grace, Ethel Tasker Palmer Park, Detroit circa 1926
Marjorie, Grace, Ethel Tasker
Palmer Park, Detroit
circa 1926
Ethel & Grace Tasker with a neighbor 1926
Ethel & Grace Tasker with a neighbor
1926
Ethel Tasker Palmer Park, Detroit 1926
Ethel Tasker
Palmer Park, Detroit
1926
Ethel Tasker Detroit, Michigan 1927
Ethel Tasker
Detroit, Michigan
1927
John T. Tasker circa 1955
John T. Tasker
circa 1955

Ethel Tasker Class Photos

Ethel Tasker with her class at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Detroit circa 1933/1934.  Ethel is seated first in the front row on the photo’s left. You can click on the image for a closer view.

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In the photo (circa 1939/1940) below (same church) Ethel is in the back row, third young woman on the photo’s left:

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Here is an image of the church at 18430 John R in Detroit:

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