This list of Monumental Inscriptions is taken from a book of the above name compiled by James Ward, and published by the Chiswick Press, Chancery Lane, London in 1899. The burial ground in question was situated midway betwen Park Row and Mount Street, close to Chapel Bar. Both of these roads suffered greatly during the 1950s and 1960s with the development of Maid Marian Way. It was founded in the early part of the eighteenth century, but fell into disuse by the mid-nineteenth century, as the General Cemetery became established.
To use the words of James Ward: "This secluded burial ground ... certainly possesses features of considerable interest, for here lie interred persons who have played important parts in the municipal, religious, and social life of the old Town of Nottingham. The number of legible inscriptions now remaining are seventy-nine, but commemorate a much larger number of persons."
The following list of memorial inscriptions is in alphabetical order of the person interred. A series of notes follow the list of inscriptions, and the extra names within these notes have been included as references within the main list.
In memory of Elizabeth ASHLIN who departed this life the 26 day of March in the year of our Lord 1771 aged 68 years.
Edwin BAILEY died November 9th 1839
In memory of Sarah Ellen BAILEY who died November 26 1838 aged 13 years: William BAILEY who died January 27 1839 aged 24 years: Jane BAILEY who died 8th of March 1839 aged 17 years: All of Typus fever. Also of Ellen BAILEY, the beloved wife of William BAILEY, of Lenton, and mother of the above, died September 27 1840, aged 50 years. "Be still and know that I am God."
BALL. See Note 9
To the memory of John BARBER who departed this life January 1st 1902 aged 55 years. Also Jane BARBER, daughter of John & Isabella BARBER, who departed this life January 29th 1788 aged 1 year & 9 months. Also Edward BARBER, son of John & Isabella BARBER who departed this life [remainder sunk in ground]. Also Isabella, relict of John BARBER who departed this life July 27th 1832 in the 84th year of her age. Also James BARBER, son of John & Isabella BARBER, who departed this life October 15th 1798, aged 9 years. Also George BARBER, son of John & Isabella Barber, who departed this life [remainder sunk in ground].
In memory of John Houseman BARBER, late alderman of this town, who died in the faith of Christ December 10th 1833, aged 58 years. Mr Barber was many years a deacon of the Baptist Church in George Street, and his death was deeply regretted by a large circle of friends. Also Sarah, wife of the above, who died May 19th 1856, aged 80 years.See note 1
Sacred to the memory of Lucy the wife of John Houseman BARBER, who departed this life August 11th 1805 in the 30th year of her age. Also Lucy, daughter of the above, died March 11 1838, aged 32 years. "Ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4th chapter and the 14th verse."
In memory of Elizabeth Crane, the beloved wife of John BARBER, who departed this life in full assurance of faith May 15th 1838, aged 25 years. Also of Elizabeth Felkin, infant daughter of the above, who died July 5th 1838, aged 2 months. "Death is swallowed up in victory." See note 2
Sacred to the memory of four children, of James BARDSLEY esquire and Mrs Jane his wife. William BARDSLEY died September 1768 aged 6 months; John BARDSLEY died 18th July 1770 aged 3 years; William BARDSLEY died 22nd January 1773 aged 10 months; Mary Ann BARDSLEY died 10th April 1775 aged 5 months.
BARNETT. See Note 4
Sacred to the memory of Wm BARTRAM, who died January 5th 1827, aged 70 years. "having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Phil: 1:23". Sacred to the memory of Ann, wife of William BARTRAM, who departed this life July 7th 1846 in the 82nd year of her age. "In hope of a joyful resurrection to eternal life."
Michael BARTRAM died November 21st 1840 aged 3 years and 9 months.
BARTRAM. See Note 1
In memory of Elizabeth, wife of Richard BERESFORD, died October 10th 1826 aged 52 years. Also Richard BERESFORD who died April 5 1845, aged 77. Also Thomas HENSON died August 25th 1842 aged 56 years. Also Mary Ann, only child of Richard and Elizabeth BERESFORD (relict of Thomas HENSON) born February 13th 1796, died February 1st 1869. Henry WRIGHT gent. died November 30th 1833 aged 77.
Affectionate remembrance of Mary, the beloved wife of William BAUSOR, who departed this life May 5th 1847, aged 42 years. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23 verse 4."
BEVINGTON and Sons, Messrs. See note 1
In memory of Ruth, the beloved wife of Henry BROWN, who departed this life January 21 1839, aged 29 years. Also three of their children who died in infancy. "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them."
To the memory of Richard BRADBURY, who died August 4th 1829, aged 72 years.
To the memory of Margaret, wife of Benjamin BROTHERTON, who departed this life January 28th 1826, aged 33 years.
CAUNT. See Note 9
CAREY. See Note 5
Sacred to the memory of John CHAMBERS who died November 20th 1831, aged 64 years.
To the memory of Ann CHRISTIAN, daughter of W. and A. CHRISTIAN, who died April 5th 1791, aged 5 years. And of her sister Ann Querida CHRISTIAN, who after a lingering illness which she bore with exemplary patience, died May 6th 1808, aged 16 years. Her dutiful and affectionate behaviour to her parents, mild and gentle deportment to her friends, and unostentatious piety to God - made her greatly beloved while she lived, and deeply lamented when she died.
"Amidst th'angelic throng how heavenly bright
distinguish'd now they shine, fair stars of light!
Short yet how pleasing was their visit here -
but now remov'd grace a nobler sphere."
COOKE. See Note 4
To the memory of John COWLAM who departed this life January ye 27th 1787, in the 37 year of his age. Also two of their children who died in their infancy.
In memory of Mary, wife of Mr George Lissant COX, youngest daughter of the Revd Mr Jas LOMAX, who died 19th February 1788 aged 36. Also two of her children in infancy. See Note 3
To the memory of Sarah, wife of Benjamin CULLEN, who died 4th July 1797, aged 48 years. And 4 of their children who died in infancy.
"My flesh shall slumber in the ground
till the last trumpet's joyful sound,
then burst the chains with sweet surprise
and in my Saviour's image rise."
A large, flat stone, marked in the centre: "R.D."
To the memory of Richard DICKINSON, who died September 11th 1839, aged 70. Also Mary TAYLOR, wife of the above, who died July 27th 1864, aged 60. And Sarah DICKINSON, daughter of the above, who died February 24th 1867, aged 59. Also of Christopher, the son of Thomas and Maria DICKINSON, and grandson of the above, who died 16th January 1846 aged 19 years. To the memory of Elizabeth, wife of the said Richard DICKINSON, who died April 2nd 1836, aged 56. Also Eliza TAYLOR, youngest daughter of the above, who died July 30th 1853, aged 33 years.
A large, flat stone marked "J.E."
Sacred to the memory of John, son of Francis & Frances EAMES, who departed this life July 4th 1822, aged 14 years. Also Susannah Silverwood EAMES, daughter of the above, who died March 23rd 1823, aged 5 years.
In memory of Jane, wife of the Revd James EDWARDES, of The Park, who died January 16th 1856, aged 51 years. Also of their children, Jane Catherine who died April 20th 1847 aged 20 years, and James who died September 12th 1859 aged 20 years. They sleep in Jesus and are blest. See Note 4
On a large, flat stone: "L.F., H.F., M.F., T.F., E.F."
In memory of Mary, the wife of William FLOWER, who died May 27th 1784 aged 56.
In memory of John FOLLERS, who died 4th November 1811, aged 80 years. Also Mary his wife, who died 12th May 1800 aged 63 years. Likewise two sons and one daughter: Thomas, died 11th November 1769 in the 8th year of his age. John, 24th December 1798 aged 32 years. And Hannah, 16th May 1802 aged 28 years.
FREARSON. See Note 4
In memory of William FROST, who died November 19th 1835, in the 66th year of his age. Also Frances FROST, relict of the above, died December 14th 1867, aged 77 years. And William, son of the above, who died April 24th 1829, in the 21st year of his age. Also Selina, their younger daughter, who died April 28th 1842, in the 21st year of her age. Also Eliza FROST, the only surviving daughter of the above, who died September 19th 1870, aged 59 years.
In memory of Christopher GREAVES, who died February 25th 1820, aged 53 years. Also Elizabeth his wife, who died October 22nd 1833, aged 64 years.
In memory of Robert, the son of Robert & Elizabeth GRESHAM, who died January the 25th 1799 in the 3rd year of his age. Also in memory of Robert GRESHAM Senr, who died November 13th 1811 aged 50 years. Also in memory of Richard GRESHAM, son of the above, who died January 27th 1837 aged 33 years.
A small headstone marked 'R.H."
In memory of Sarah, wife of George HEMINGRAY, who departed this life January 3rd 1803 [remainder sunk in ground]
To the memory of William HEMSLEY, who departed this life the 12th of November 1776, aged 48 years. Also Lydia the wife of William HEMSLEY, who departed this life the 11th of August 1793, aged 61 years.
HENSON. See BERESFORD
Beneath lie the remains of Richard HOPPER, who died November 4th 1826, aged 88 years. Mary, daughter of Richard & Ann HOPPER, who died January 10th 1772. Richard, died March 31st 1772. Richard, died December 8th 1772. Mary, died May 11th 1774. Richard, died March 5th 1776. Thomas, died November 23rd 1776. Thomas, died January 12th 1778. Ann the wife of Richard HOPPER died 2nd December 1819 in her 83rd year. She was an affectionate wife, a most tender mother, and a consistent and exemplary Christian, during the long period of 62 years.Richard Archer HOPPER, son of Richard HOPPER the Younger & Margaret, who died May 8th 1807. Ann died September 11th 1808. See Note 5
To the memory of George HOVEY, who died October 18th 1828, aged 65 years. Also Elizabeth his wife, who died October 22nd 1840, aged 75 years.
In memory of Eliza LAWSON, who departed this life December 3rd 1840 in the 26th year of her age. Also Susannah LAWSON, mother of the above, who died January 17th 1847, aged 65 years. "What I say unto you I say unto all - watch. St Mark, chapter 13 verse 37. Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Revelation chapter 22, verse 12"
LEAVERS. See Note 10
In memory of Joseph LEIGH, who departed this life ye 16 day of November in ye year of our Lord 1768, aged 55 years.
In memory of James LINDLEY who died January 1st 1780, aged 7 weeks.
In memory of Elizabeth, wife of William Cook LOCK, Bedford Villa, who died January 19th 1865, aged 67 years. "Complete in Him. Col. 2,10. Also to the memory of William Cook LOCK, who died at Clophill, Beds., April 13th 1867, aged 76 years, and was interred at that place. In memory of Elizabeth, daughter of William Cook LOCK, and Elizabeth his wife, who departed this life September 19th 1839, in the 7th year of her age.
"Farewell sweet child and farewell all in thee,
blest parents can in their best children see -
thy life to woo us unto heaven was lent us,
thy death to wean us from this world is sent us."
(Beneath is a large, flat stone inscribed "E.L. 1839, E.L. 1865".See Note 4
In memory of the Reverend James LOMAX, interr'd October 9th 1764, aged 58.
In memory of Mrs Jane LOMAX, widow of the Revd James LOMAX, died 3rd May 1802, aged 91. Also of Edward LOMAX, who departed this life September 27th 1807, aged 71 years.
In memory of Mr John LOMAX, third son of the Revd James LOMAX, who died May 20th 1796, aged 55.
In memory of Benjamin LOMAX, fourth son of James and Jane LOMAX, inter'd the 24th of May 1779, aged 35.
In memory of William LOMAX, fifth son of James and Jane LOMAX, inter'd 16th May 1768, aged 21.
In memory of Susanna LOMAX, wife of James LOMAX. She departed this life January 24th 1800, aged 36 years. Also two children, died in their infancy.
To the memory of Mary, the daughter of James & Susanna LOMAX, who died June 5th 1815, aged 18 years.
Sacred to the memory of James LOMAX, who died July 10th 1850, aged 88 years. Also Edward LOMAX, son of the above, who died January 6th 1858, aged 65 years. Also Sarah, relict of the above Edward LOMAX, who died July 5th 1864, aged 71 years.See Note 4
LOMAX. See COX
LOMAX. See WILSON
To the memory of Ann Hovey, daughter of Jonathan and Ann MORRIS, who died March 20th 1826, in the 5th year of her age. Also George their son, who died December 10th 1827, in the 20th year of his age. Also of the above Jonathan MORRIS, who died January 8th 1849, aged 76 years. Also three grandchildren: George Henry TURNER aged 18 months, Jonathan TURNER aged 17 weeks, Anne TURNER aged 8 years.
Sacred to the memory of Mrs Mary NICHOLS, late the wife of Mr William NICHOLS, who died the 29th of January 1807, aged 47 years.
"Blame not the monumental stone we raise
tis to the Saviour's not the sinner's praise.
Sin was the whole that she could call her own
her good was all deriv'd from him alone.
To sin, her conflicts, pains and griefs she owed
her conquering faith and patience he bestowed.
Reader, may'st thou obtain like precious faith
to smile in anguish, and rejoice in death."
Here resteth the body of Octavius Thomas OLDKNOW, who departed the 7th day of November 1854, aged 70 years. Also of Hannah OLDKNOW, his sister, who departed the 3rd day of April 1848, aged 71 years. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Also of Susannah, daughter of Octavious Thomas and Susannah OLDKNOW, who departed November 30th 1876, aged 76 years.See Note 6
In this vault ... the body of Susannah, the dearly beloved wife of Octavius Thomas OLDKNOW, and the second daughter of the Revd John WILSON of Matlock Bath, and Ann his wife. As a wife, a mother, a daughter and a relative her conduct was exemplary. She departed this life with a good hope through grace November 25th 1829 aged 36 years 6 months & 3 days. She [rest illegible]
Affectionate remembrance of Daniel PARLEY, who departed this life November 14th 1846, aged 70 years. He was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. Acts 11 Ch, 24 verse. Memory of Sarah, wife of Daniel PARLEY, who departed this life the 30th of December 1824, aged 46 years. Also Sarah, daughter of Sarah and Daniel PARLEY, died April 20th 1828, aged 21 years. Likewise Daniel, son of Daniel and Sarah PARLEY, died April 13th 1830, aged 25 years. And John, son of Daniel and Sarah PARLEY, died June 9th 1834, aged 19 years.See Note 4
PARROTT and SMITH, Messrs. See Note 1
Sacred to the memory of Ann, the wife of George PICKERING, who died the 8th of April 1795, aged 45 years.
"Farewell, dear husband, I must bid adieu.
All that was in my power I have done for you.
My days on earth alass did end with pain,
but hope with joy in heaven to meet again."
In memory of Mary, the wife of Isaac RAWSON, who died December the 10th 1788, aged 59 years.
Sacred to the memory of Edward Geo. RAYNOR, the son of George and Eliz. RAYNOR (after a long illness) departed this life December 28 1777, in ye 18 year of his age.
"Cease now to grieve my mother dear -
you wept too much before -
Christ has a balm for every wound,
a salve for every sore"
To the memory of Isabella, daughter of Samuel & Isabella ROBERTS, who died March 10 .... aged 1 year and .... months. Also .... daughter of the above, who died July 13 1810, aged 17 days. [Twelve more lines illegible]
In memory of Sarah, the wife of Thomas ROGERS, who departed this life the 6th of May 1784, in the 40 year of her age.
"O cruel death! That would no longer spare,
a loving wife, and a tender mother dear.
Great is the loss to those who'er left behind,
but she no doubt eternal joys will find."
In memory of Sarah the wife of John ROGERS, who died 19th August 1822, aged 33 years. Also of Sarah, daughter of the above, who died 18th November 1822, aged 18 weeks. Also of John, remaining child of the above, who died 17th June 1828, aged 7 years and 10 months.
"Oh! Thou art gone fair flower, alas! How frail
is Man, vain fleeting Man! How fast his tale
of Earth is told! How volatile and vain
his little life! His moments quickly fail!
And soon his few brief Suns are as the wane,
and sudden night arrives and darkens all the plain".
"One of the most affectionate sons ever parent had, the loss irreparable!"
Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth ROGERS, who died 13th June 1828, aged 9 months. Also of James, the only remaining child of the above, who died 5th July 1828, aged 2 years. "Thy shaft flew thrice and thrice my peace was slain." Young. See Note 7
To the memory of Ann ROGERS, who departed this life April 14th 1829, in the 25th year of her age. "I am the resurrection and the life. Life and immortality are brought to light by the Gospel."
"Oh hope divine that from the Gospel springs,
'tis thine to heal the parent's bleeding heart.
There's nought besides such consolation brings,
when we from children dear are forced to part.
Their bodies now we bury in the ground,
their souls released are raised to live on high.
Both shall unite when the last trump shall sound,
and join to meet their kindred in the sky."
To the memory of Thomas ROGERS, who departed this life December 3rd 1830, in the 85th year of his age. "He died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people." Also Sarah, second wife of the above Thomas ROGERS, and mother of the undermentioned children, died November 30th 1845, in the 85th year of her age. Also 5 of their children who died in their infancy.
Here lies the body of Ann, daughter of Willm and Mary SIMPSON. She departed this life the 13th of August in the Year of our Lord 1796, aged 12 years. Sacred to the memory of Willm SIMPSON, who departed this life August 14th 1819, aged 84 years. Also Mary his wife, who died August 18th 1827, aged 82 years.
ROWORTH. See See Note 1
A partly illegible flat stone on which the words "Mary, wife of William SIMPSON .... 1827" can be deciphered.
Gabriel STANDLEY departed this life September ye 13th 1766 in the 33rd year of his age.
"My bosom friend here lies to sleep,
now free'd of care and sin.
Till Christ calls arise you just,
then we shall meet again."
To the memory of Nathaniel STANDLEY Senior, who departed this life July 15th 1777, aged 69 years. Also to the memory of Elizabeth, wife of Nathaniel STANDLEY Junior, who departed this life July 24th 1785, aged 59 years.
Here lies the body of Elizabeth STANDLEY, wife of Nathl STANDLEY, who died September ye 8th 1765, aged 61. "She was a loving wife and a tender mother."
STAVELEY. See Note 1
STEADMAN. See Note 4
TAYLOR. See DICKINSON
Sacred to the memory of Richard THOMPSON who departed this life December 22nd 1817, aged 44 years. Also Fred his son, who departed this life November 5th 1809, aged 8 years.
"Reader behold a friend sincere,
a loving husband and a father dear,
whose actions speak the loss we find,
who was a friend to all Mankind.
A parent dear, who's tender care,
did gain our love esteem and fear,
whose loss each hour we live to mourn,
from Earth to Heaven for ever gone."
Also Elizabeth, wife of the above Richard THOMPSON, who departed this life March 4th 1841, aged 73 years.
In memory of Sarah, wife of Joseph TRUSWELL, who departed this life June 14th 1807, aged 34 years. Also Joseph, their son, , aged 1 years & 4 months.
TURNER. See MORRIS
To the memory of Ann, the wife of John UPTON, who died March 26th 1793, aged 38 years. Also John UPTON, who died in his infancy.
VASON. See Note 10
VICKERS. See Note 4
(J)ohn WALKLEY aged 83. 1757. (broken)
Benjamin WARD died 21st January 1823, aged 68. "To record the name of this truly good man and as a mark of grateful esteem for a faithful servant, this stone is here placed." See Note 8
To the memory of Thomas WATTS, who died June 25th 1801, aged 55 years. Also Ann WATTS, wife of the above Thomas WATTS, who departed this life May 21st 1816, aged 72 years.
In memory of Elizabeth, wife of Samuel WHITE, who departed this life April 27th 1805, aged 38 years. Also Thomas their son, aged 1 year and 8 months.
Sacred to the memory of Frances, the beloved wife of Samuel WILLEY, who died May 10th 1842, aged 41 years. Also William Perkins, son of the above, who died May 4th 1832, aged 7 months. "Waiting for the redemption of the body."
To the memory of Elizabeth WILSON, grandaughter of the Rev. James LOMAX, who departed this life September 15th 1819, aged 43 years.
"Now let my songs with angels join:
Heaven is secure, if God is mine."
WILSON. See OLDKNOW
Within this vault lie the remains of Ruth, the wife of John WOOLLEY Senr, who died September 1st 1839, aged 70 years.
"Farewell dear husband my time is past,
my love to you so long did last.
Then mercy have, and pity take,
and love my children for my sake."
John WOOLLEY Senr who died March 1st 1847, aged 80 years.
"Farewell my children, wait awhile,
My toilsome life is o'er.
I trust to meet you all again,
On Zion's happy shore."
Also of Ann, the daughter of Willm and Mary WOOLLEY, and grand-daughter of the above, who died January 12th 1841, aged 17 months. Also of William, son of William & Mary WOOLLEY, and grand-son of the above, who died October 6th 1844, aged 11 months.
Beneath lie the remains of Thomas, the son of John & Ruth WOOLLEY, who died March 10th 1819, aged 22 years. Also of Eliza, the daughter of John & Ruth WOOLLEY, who died March 9th 1819, aged 16 months.
"A pale consumption gave the silent blow,
the stroke was fatal tho' the effect was slow.
It was done perhaps for my immortal good,
that I might see my great and glorious God."
Here lie the remains of Ann, the third daughter of John and Ruth WOOLLEY, who departed this life August the 9th 1827, aged 17 years.
"Weep not dear parents be content,
for unto you I was but lent.
Grieve not for me tears are in vain,
but hope in heaven to meet again."
Near this place lie the remains of Samuel, son of John and Ruth WOOLLEY, who departed this life March the 4th 1832, aged 29 years.
"Afflictions sore, long time he bore,
Physicians were in vain.
Till God above, in tender love,
Did ease him of his pain."
In memory of Mary, the wife of William WOOLLEY, who died April 3rd 1850, aged 37 years.
"Husband, farewell I'm gone before,
My love to you can be no more.
Grieve not for me, nor sorrow take,
but love my children for my sake."
In affectionate remembrance of William WOOLLEY, husband of the above, who died February 9th 1862, aged 56 years.
WRIGHT. See BERESFORD
M. & E. YATES 1817. C. YATES 1820.
To the memory of Thomas YATES, who departed this life December the 22nd 1822, aged 70 years.
Note 1 On December 15th 1820, an attempt was made to assassinate Alderman Barber. He was standing in his shop at the south-west corner of Hollow-stone, between eight and nine in the evening, conversing with Mr Rowforth, when the would-be assassin fired a horse-pistol or blunderbuss, heavily charged with slugs, from the corner of Fisher-gate, doubtless with the idea of striking the Alderman. Fortunately the slugs passed by him and struck the wall. Mr Barber pursued his assilant but did not overtake him, and though a reward of £515 was offered for his discovery and conviction, it does not appear that he was ever brought to justice. "The only conceivable motive for so base an attempt must be referred to Mr Barber's great activity as a magistrate. He was emphatically 'a terror to evil doers', and the crime was doubtless suggested by a spirit of revenge. Be this as it may, the attempt called forth in his favour a very general expression of sympathy, for few men are more respected or beloved." Alderman Barber was Sheriff of Nottingham in 1804, was appointed Alderman in 1816, and filled the office of Mayor of Nottingham in 1817, 1825 and again in 1831. George Street Baptist chapel was built in 1815. It was designed by Mr Staveley and erected by Messrs. Parrott and Smith, Mr Bartram executing the woodwork. Including a suite of rooms it cost £6,000. The edifice is built of brick, has a commodious gallery and can seat altogether 950 persons. In 1847 an organ was erected by Messrs. Bevington and Sons, London, at a cost of £220, the whole of which was defrayed the same year.
Note 2 John Barber (son of J.H. Barber) mentioned in this headstone was one of the founders of Derby Road Baptist Chapel in 1847, and at the present time is a Deacon of that church. Mr Barber, who is an Alderman and justice of the Peace of Nottingham, is the "father" of the City Corporation. In 1846 he was Sheriff of Nottingham, and has twice been Mayor, in 1867 and again in 1868. To record Alderman Barber's public career would entail the writing of the municipal history of Nottingham for the past half century. On December 14th 1896, Alderman Barber received a presentation of plate from his fellow-townsmen in recognition of his past valuable public services.
Note 3 On the north wall of St Mary's Church, Nottingham, are placed two marble tablets inscribed:
To the memory of Frederick John Cox, Son of George Lissant Cox & Mary his wife; a youth of great promise both for piety & talents, Cut off in the morning of life, His afflicted parents have erected this monument. He died on the 28th of November 1809, in the 16th year of his age.
On another tablet below:
Also to the memory of Frederick John Lissant Cox, brother of the above, and, like him, cut off at School, by an inscrutable but all wise Providence in the 16th year of his age. He died on the 17th of February 1826.
Note 4 The Rev. James Edwards was son-in-law of the celebrated Dr Steadman, and was appointed pastor of George Street Baptist Chapel in 1830. The deacons of the church at that time were Mr James Lomax (see 47), Mr Daniel Parley (see 52), Mr Henry Frearson, Mr John Cooke, Mr William Vickers, Mr Absalom Barnett and Mr Wm. Cooke Lock (see 39). In 1864 Mr Edwards resigned his office after a pastorate of thirty-four years.
Note 5 Rev. Richard Hopper of Bishop Burton was chosen pastor of the Baptist Chapel, Park Street, Nottingham, in 1770, and during his pastorate the Rev. William Carey (afterwards D.D.) preached his celebrated sermon from the words "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God", at Park Street Chapel, May 31st 1792, which gave rise to the formation of the Baptist Missionary Society at Kettering, October 2nd in the same year. In 1804 Mr Hopper resigned his office, after a pastorate of thirty-four years. He died in 1826. Richard Hopper, Junior, mentioned on the same headstone, was Sheriff of Nottingham in 1815.
Note 6 Octavius Thomas Oldknow was Sheriff of Nottingham in 1806; appointed Alderman in 1821; and was Mayor of Nottingham in 1822, and again in 1829. He was also Postmaster of Nottingham
Note 7 John Rogers mentioned on this headstone was an Alderman and filled the office of Sheriff of Nottingham in 1832. He died in 1845, and was buried in the General Cemetery, Nottingham.
Note 8 Benjamin Ward. This headstone was erected by Messrs. Blatherwick, Merchants, the Poultry, Nottingham.
Note 9 In August 1800, George Caunt, a respectable hair-dresser, who had been charged with stealing a set of window-curtains from the house of a dancing-master, shot George Ball, the Constable, whilst attempting to apprehend him. The unfortunate officer died on the spot, and the murderer was taken into custody next day at Alfreton, but he poisoned himself two days afterwards in the town gaol, and was buried on the Sand-hills, pursuant to the Coroner's inquest. During the night his body was removed by his friends to the Baptist burial-ground, but no indication of the place of his interment is now to be found.
Note 10 George Vason was a native of North Muskham in Nottinghamshire, and served an apprenticeship to a builder, after which he removed to Nottingham, and became a member of the Baptist Church in Park Street in 1794. In 1796, at the age of twenty-four, he was selected as an artisan to accompany the missionaries first sent out in the ship Duff, by the London Society, to introduce Christianity among the newly-discovered islanders of the Southern seas. Located at some distance from his brethren, and becoming a bosom friend of one of the chiefs, Vason almost imperceptibly adopted the manners and customs of the natives. he assumed their dress, was tattoed, cohabited with one of the chief's daughters, and subsequently took a second wife. In 1801, at the moment when a plot had been organised among the natives to put him to death, he was rescued by The Royal Admiral, an East-Indiaman, and having been taken in the first place to China, and subsequently to New York, he arrived in the Thames in October 1802. After his return to England, he again took up his abode in Nottingham, and though it was not to be expected that he could ever regain his former rank in the religious world, yet he conducted himself with great decorum, and moved in a respectable sphere of society. He married Miss Leavers, a member of the Baptist Church, Park Street, by whom he had no children, and who predeceased him eight months. The first office to which Vason was appointed after his return was that of Keeper of St Mary's Workhouse, from which he was ejected, for political reasons, in 1820. He was almost immediately, however, appointed Governor of the Town gaol, an office of considerable emolument, which he creditably held to the day of his death. He expired in dreadful agonies, resulting from erysipelas in his face, July 23rd 1838, aged 66 years, and was interred beside his wife in the Baptist Burial Ground, Mount Street.
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