This is one of the first Barnsley gravestones I 'collected' and I didn't even find it myself. I was sent the photo by RE, the OH's fourth cousin once removed. Esther Kay (nee Leech, formerly Duncan) is the OH's 4x great-grandmother. After her first husband, Thomas Duncan died in 1841 she remarried William Kay in 1846, she had been married to Thomas for 23 years and was with William for 24 years. The fact that she was accompanying William while he was working suggests that she enjoyed his company, liked an outing and was a lively lady even at the age of 69! Not bad for a woman who had 10 children!
|Esther Leech's Gravestone in Barnsley Cemetery|
RE is descended from Esther's eldest son John Duncan and the OH from her fourth son Peter Duncan.
|Tree snip showing Esther Leech's central position in the relationships on this gravestone|
This gravestone is a brilliant example of the information you can gather from a wander around a cemetery. Not only Esther's dates but also the manner of her death, all of her surnames (I can't honestly say I've seen that before) and her second husband's second wife to boot! I doubt if I would have found Mary Coldwell marrying William Kay without the prompt from this photo.
|Barnsley Chronicle 23 July 1870 - Esther's end|
I have a long list of the plots in Barnsley Cemetery where the OH's relatives lie, unfortunately many could not afford (or did not want?) a stone so saying 'Hi' to a patch of grass is the best I can do for most of them.
Thanks to RE for the photo, and thanks to William Kay for providing such a fascinating memorial to one of the OH's ancestors.