Last autumn my husband and I traveled “across the pond”! It was our very first trip to Great Britain but it shall not be our last. I fell in love with the homeland of my maternal great-grandfather. The deep green spontaneous growth of holly, the ancient trees, the centuries of history held in the Cotswold stone cottages, and the mossy, vine encrusted graveyards entangled my spirit!
Our trip was more romantic vacation than genealogy research trip, but we did take the time to visit the quaint country villages many of our ancestors had inhabited. We also wandered the churchyards and photographed any headstones etched with the familiar surnames of our family trees whether we knew who they might have been or not. I did not expect to easily find the connections between these stones and the names which leafed my tree. I know now that it was well worth the seconds it takes to snap a quick image whenever recognized surnames surface, for several turned out to be family tree connections.
This beautiful stone standing in Faringdon, Berkshire, England, is that of my 3rd Great Grand Uncle, William Thatcher (1831-1890), his wife Harriett Buckle (1831-1919), and their daughter Alice Thatcher (1866-1903).