In less than 2 weeks Margaret Hughes lost quads, twins and her husband.

 
Ysbyty Cwnfyn Church , Ceredigion, Wales
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A small church in the middle of nowhere rewarded us with the best find
we have made in all our years as grave hunters!
 
 
Margaret, Elizabeth, Catherine and Isaac were quads born on February 17th 1856. They lived for 4, 4, 5 and 11 days respectively. In the pre fertility treatment era quads were exceptionally rare - approximately 1 in 750,000 live births.
 
 
 
 
 
Hugh, the older brother of the quads, died on March 1st 1856 aged 5. Isaac, the father of the quads, died on March 6th 1856 and Hannah, the older sister of the quads, died on March 10th 1856 aged 5. I suspect that Hugh and Hannah were twins?

In less than 2 weeks Margaret Hughes had lost six children and her husband.


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Unusual gravestones

A new book from the owners of probably the largest archive of cemetery related photographs in the world!

Available now - on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

The authors have viewed millions of gravestones, and are offering readers a selection of the rare and unusual gravestones that they have seen, with full-colour illustrations. Each category of type of gravestone, age of person, cause of death, rare names, and errors found on gravestones are given a points score to indicate rarity.


Two specimen pages


Martin and Claire Nicholson - March 2015