Gravestone Photographic Resource

This article was published in the April 2014 edition of Soul Search, the Journal of The Sole Society

The Gravestone Photographic Resource at is an indexed database of photographs of gravestones taken by volunteers. There are photos of many gravestones of people with our surnames although they aren’t always great quality. Many thanks to the Gravestone Photographic Resource for permission to reproduce these images.

Edwin Sewell (d 1872), whose tomb in St John the Baptist, Butley, Suffolk is shown below, was born 1831 in Levington, Suffolk and was a miller. He was the son of John and Sarah. He married Kate Prentice in 1860 in Ipswich. Their daughter Elizabeth Alice was born in 1865 in Butley, Suffolk and died in 1901 in Marylebone, London. Edwin’s grand parents were Francis and Sarah. Francis, born 1774, was a farmer in Kirton. Thomas (d 1834) was the fourth child of Francis and Sarah. He died 12th April 1834 age 26.

The stone reproduced below is at St Margaret’s Church Cemetery, Sibsey, Lincolnshire. John and Lucy (neé Kelsey) are the 3 x great grandparents of one of our members Mary Boulton. They were married on 16th April 1753 and had five children, Hannah, John, Elizabeth, Benjamin Kelsey and Lucy.

In his Will John Saul is described as a Gentleman. He left land at Fishtoft to his grandson John Saul (son of John Saul and Mary Pocklington), land at Sibsey, Stickney and Freiston and residue estate to grandson William Saul (son of Benjamin Kelsey Saul). His daughters Lucy (wife of George Bryon) and Elizabeth (wife of William Cook) both recieved £1000 each and his grandson William Saul (son of John Saul) received £600.
Daughter Hannah is not mentioned in the Will as she had died in 1807 and presumably left no issue.