George and Elizabeth STANILAND of Wyville Lodge (2)
I've written previously about George and Elizabeth Staniland (http://thehistoryofmatt.blogspot.com/2008/07/staniland-family-of-wyville-lodge.html). Thankfully from time to time this blog leads me to a fellow descendant, in this case Audrey WALKER, descended from the DUFFIN/DUFFEN line. The most useful things I've posted on this blog are thanks to the kindness of others. Along with the useful information Audrey has shared with me, Audrey actually made the trek from her home village to Harlaxton a mile north of Wyville where the Staniland's lived. There, Audrey photographed the parish church, and found the headstones of George and Elizabeth STANILAND. The epitaphs are very touching - Audrey has done a great deal of work on the DUFFIN family, and Elizabeth's was a particularly poor family. How she came to have 'THE FAIREST BODY TO THE PUREST MIND' is not known, nor is it known how George came to have so much money (for a farmer). The headstones are beautifully crafted and they are buried in the 'better' section of the churchyard. I have a feeling that George inherited money - no luck so far with
searching for a will for his father.
Harlaxton, Lincolnshire Parish Church
Staniland headstones at left foreground
George STANILAND (1783-1865) SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
WHO DIED JAN.RY 10TH
Aged 81 Years
AND WHEN THY LAST – LAST HOUR IS COME,
THAT CALLS THEE TO THY REST THAT
CALLS THEE TO THY HEAVENLY HOME,
A WELCOME, JOYFUL GUEST.
THEN MAY THY GRACIOUS FATHER’S VOICE
THY FAINTING SPIRIT CHEER;
AND BID THY TREMBLING HEART REJOICE
THAT GOD, THY GOD IS NEAR.
Elizabeth STANILAND nee DUFFIN (1789-1859) SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
WHO DIED MAY 8TH
Aged 71 Years
RELEASED, AT LENGTH, FROM CARE AND LING’RING PAINS,
HERE PEACEFUL SLEEP, A MOTHER’S LOVED REMAINS
IN HER, THE GREAT CREATOR SWEETLY JOINED
THE FAIREST BODY TO THE PUREST MIND.
IN CHARITY SHE LIVED – IN PEACE SHE DIED –
HER HUSBAND’S JOY, HER CHILDREN’S FRIEND AND GUIDE.
RELIGION’S PATHS TOGETHER HERE THEY TROD,
IN HOPE TO REIGN FOR EVER WITH THEIR GOD.