Tragic Whitfield Family
This stone stands just outside the porch door of St Peter's Church, Whitfield
The picture (above) tells the tragic tale of William and Mary Cross, who
outlived all but one of their grandchildren.
William Cross was born about 1755, and lived to the ripe old age of 79; his wife, Mary, was born around 1759, and reached the age of 90.
Their son, also William, was born around 1796; his wife, Jane, was born around 1899. They had a total (that we know of) of 12 children: 5 boys and 7 girls. The first 11 children all died in infancy:
November 3rd 1821
May 1st 1822
April 8th 1824
May 21st 1825
September 3rd 1826
August 28th 1827
September 19th 1828
November 13th 1829
March 7th 1831
December 1st 1833
August 15th 1835
William (snr) died on September 4th 1834, having outlived the first 10
grandchildren; Mary followed on July 11th 1839.
Another daughter, Marian, was born in 1840. Jane died, aged 66, on January 1st 1866; Marian survived her mother by less than 10 months, following her to the grave on November 12th 1866.
William (jnr) survived another 14 years, passing away at the age of 89 on July 10th 1885.