A grave at Butley

Sarah Ann Stevens (née Crosby), who lived some of her life at Ringmer in Sussex, came from a village called Butley in Suffolk. Ancestors beforehand were Suffolk people and many had lived in that little village of Butley. It’s a fair bet that many are buried in the churchyard there, nestled close by the lovely thatched church.

image002 But there is just one grave I have found there with a family headstone and here it is.

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Now that’s not so easy to read so we’d better try to digitally enhance it.

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It reads In memory of Sarah the wife of James Crosby who died Oct 1828 aged 66 years.

Sarah was my great great great great grandmother and I find it amazing that I was able to come across such a survivor. Subsequent members of the Crosby family would not have had money for headstones.

Sarah had been born Sarah Fisk and she married James in 1784 at Butley. I’ve never managed to trace her Fisk line back and these days I’m less bothered than I once was.

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