Visiting Nottingham Archives for the first time in a while over the summer, I realised they’d moved the shelves around. The microfiche indexes, which I had gone in to look at, had moved round the corner to a different shelf; in their place I came across a transcript of memorial inscriptions for Basford cemetery, completed by the Nottinghamshire Family History Society in 2005. I’d not spotted this before & as I have family in that area of Nottingham I had a quick look through it.
I was delighted to find my 3x great grandparents Edmund & Sarah Jowett ( nee Morton) mentioned in it, as I’d not found a record of their burial before. The grave stone also records the sad and very early deaths of three Jowett children; Doris Elsie who died aged just 12 months in 1897, Doris Winifred Jowett aged 17 months in 1907. and Winifred Jowett Robinson in 1920 aged 13 months. I have no record of these three children and I’m not sure how they fit in to the family – I would guess that they are the grandchildren of Edmund and Sarah – but I have yet to find out who their parents were.
It also revealed which side of her family my grandmother had to thank for her middle name of Winifred – which she hated!
I’d also spent time in the past looking for a remarriage of Sarah Jowett, as I’d previously been told that she had remarried after the death of Edmund – “she wasn’t a Jowett when she died.” But from the inscription it seems she didn’t remarry & was buried with her husband & two of her children in October 1896.
So it’s always worth a quick recheck of the shelves in your local archives even if you think you’ve exhausted what they have to offer – you never know!