St. Laurence, Frodsham, Cheshire
Along this churchyard path are the graves of my Pickering ancestors.
All photography by Connie Pickering Stover, April 2011.
St. Laurence Church has played an intimate part in the lives of our ancestors. The records there hold many births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials. Quite a number of our ancestors are buried there and through recent research I was able to visit their graves. On my research trip to St Laurence in April of 2011, I was able to view only a limited number of graves because so many of them were flat, sandstones many of which were paving a path that abutted the church wall. From hundreds of years of weather and tredding, the stones were either no longer readable, or in most cases the grass had grown over the stones and were not even visible.
The oldest known ancestor buried there is Thomas Pickering [b. 1765] who died 1814. His entire family is buried in a grave described ad “Sandstone table-top”.
The spring season was a perfect backdrop for this ancient churchyard during my visit. The cherry trees and spring flowers played beautifully against the dark backdrop of this ancient church and headstones. These photos are a lovely reminder of my visit to St Laurence, Frodsham Parish, Cheshire, England.
|OGB/34/08||1801||1834||33||8/27/1834||John Thomas Pickering||1/1831|
|Sacred to the memory of William, son of the above named Thomas and Margaret Pickering, who died Sept. 9th 1829 aged 31 years. Also Mary, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Pickering who died Jan 12th 1831, aged 21 years. Also the body of John, son of Thomas and Margaret Pickering who died Aug. 22nd 1834, aged 33 years. Sandstone table-top.
|OBG/27/00||1712||1775||63||12/22/1775||Barnet (Bernard) of Norley||P. 204|
|OBG/27/00||1725||1804||79||8/31/1804||Lydia Pickering||P. 374|
|Here lieth the body of Barnet Pickering of Norley who departed this life 20th Dec. 1775 aged 63. Also the remains of Lydia, wife of the above named who departed this life Aug. the 27th 1804 in the 80th year of her age. Also Elizabeth wife of Samuel Frith who died March 4th 1826 aged 72. Also the body of the above Samuel Frith who died May 31st 1833, aged 84 years. Also Anne wife of Samuel Pickering of Kingsley who died Aug. 12th 1876, aged 49 years. *Bernard in register. Sandstone table-top.
|Here lieth the body of William son of Barnet Pickering of Norley who departed this life Aug 9th 1776 aged 25 years. Also the body of Thomas son to the above named Bernard Pickering who died April 22nd 1813, aged 61. Also Christiana wife of the above Thomas Pickering who died May 2nd 1826, aged 82 years. Sandstone table-top. On south side of Church.
|OGB/29/00||1766||1811||45||9/17/1811||Samuel Pickering of Sutton||P. 394|
|OGB/29/00||1806||1820||14||5/16/1820||Samuel Pickering (son)||1/566|
|OGB/29/00||1771||1844||73||11/15/1844||Alice Rigby Pickering||2/634|
|OGB/29/00||1799||1880||81||10/21/1880||John Rigby Pickering||3/1633|
|OGB/29/00||1803||1885||82||9/8/1885||Ellen Pickering (wife J. R. P.)||3/2015|
|1788||1860||72||2/16/1860||Alice Tindal, Niece of Samuel|
|1864||2/3/1864||Mary, dau. Of Samuel & Alice|
|Sacred to the memory of Samuel Pickering of Sutton who departed this life Sept. 13th 1811, aged 45 years. Also of Samuel son of the above named Samuel Pickering who died May 11th 1820, aged 14 years. Also of Alice daughter of the above named Samuel Pickering who departed this life Nov 11th 1844, aged 73 years. Also of John Rigby Pickering son of the above named Samuel Pickering who died Oct. 15th 1880 aged 81 years. Also of Ellen Pickering, wife of John Rigby Pickering who died Sept. 4th, 1885 aged 82 years.
|OGE/08/23,24||1780||1839||59||2/4/1839||Joseph Pickering of Frodsham||1/2372|
|OGE/08/23,24||1804||1845||41||7/1/1845||William Pickering of Frodsham||2/710|
|OGE/08/23,24||1808||1848||40||3/8/1848||Edward Pickering of Frodsham||2/1007|
|OGE/08/23,24||1806||1860||54||5/30/1860||James Pickering of Frodsham||2/2235|
|Next of kin: Frederick Hayes, Stranton, Shrewsbury. Slate monument (occupies 2 plots). Headstoned 11/12/1982|
|Front: In memory of James Pickeirng of Frodsham, Obit 27 May 1860, 54 years. Rear: In Memory of Edward Pickering of Frodsham Obit 3 March 1848, 40 years. Left: In memory of Joseph Pickering of Frodsham Obit 31 Jan 1839, 59 years. Also of Ann his wife Obit 21 Aug. 1862, 80 years. Right: In memory of William Pickering of Frodsham Obit 26 June 1845, 41 years. Also of Elizabeth his wife Obit 10 Feb 1854, 44 years. Also of William Hayes Pickering, only son of the above Obit 9 Nov. 1906, 73 years.
|OGB/34/07||1765||1814||49||1/6/1814||THOMAS Pickering of Frodsham||1/72|
|OGB/34/07||1803||1818||15||1/1818||Thomas Horabin Pickering||1/369|
|Sacred to the memory of Thomas Pickering late of Frodsham Bridge who departed this life Jan 2nd 1814 aged 49 years. Also Margaret daughter of the said Thomas and Margaret Pickering who died April 24 1813 aged 14 years. Also Edmund their son died 11th March 1814 aged 11 months. Also Thomas their son who died Jan 25th 1818 aged 15 years. Also of Margaret wife of the above named Thomas Pickering who died July 9th 1820 aged 48 years. Also of Ann daughter of Thomas and Margaret Pickering who died 24th Dec. 1822 aged 26 years.
|OGB/28/17||1783||1822||39||6/5/1822||Joseph Jones of Helsby||1/732|
|OGB/28/17||1801||1850||49||6/3/1850||John B. Pickering||2/1264|
|OGB/28/17||1787||1863||76||7/20/1863||William Jones of Flookersbrook||3/77|
|Underneath lies the body of Joseph Jones son of William and Hannah Jones of Helsby who departed this life the 2nd of June 1822, aged 29 years. Also the body of the above named Hannah Jones who departed this life the 19th April 1845 aged 86 years. Also William Jones of Flookersbrook, son of the above named who departed this life 14th July 1863 aged 76 years. Hannah Pickering daughter of the above named William and Hannah Jones born Aug. 26th 1803 died April 13th 1890. Also John B. Pickering, her husband, died May 30th 1850 aged 49 years. Also Eliza Jones daughter of William Jones, who died Nov 22nd 1902 aged 84 years. “Jesus lover of my soul” Memorial in Church to William and Hannah Jones – small bronze plaque in the Helsby Chapel (N.W. corner). Sandstone table-top.
|OGB/33/07||1798||1799||1||4/30/1799||James Pickering of Runcorn||P.360|
|OGB/33/07||1797||1801||4||10/20/1801||Margaret Pickering||P. 368|
|In memory of James son of John and Hannah Pickering of Runcorn who died April 27th 1799 aged 9 months. Also Margaret Pickering who died the 17th of Oct. 1801 in the 5th year of her age. Also Mary relict (wife) of William Yarwood late of Northwich Druggist and daughter of John and Mary Pickering of Frodsham who died the 22 Dec. 1837, aged 66 years. Sandstone table-top.