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A historic grave

April 2, 2015

This grave doesn’t look out of the ordinary. Like many a grave it is a bit unkempt but an ivy growth on it has been cut away. It is in the Easterton church yard and stands close by the road just below the former jam factory and near the entrance from that side.

A grave in Easterton church yard

A grave in Easterton church yard

We need to enlarge and enhance to read its history.

It is the first ever burial on this site

It is the first ever burial on this site

It reads – In memory of William Doel who died June 9th 1875 aged 69 years. He was the first buried in this churchyard. Also of Joseph Doel who died Sep. 19th 1882 aged 82 years.

Now William is a hard chap to trace. We think he might be the 58 year old general labourer who was living in Easterton in 1871. This census said he was married but he seemed to be living alone.

If you have already done your arithmetic you’ll have worked out that being 58 in 1871 doesn’t match the age 0f 69 on the 1875 grave. But was he 69 then? The entry in the records gives a very clear age at death of 63 – a much better match.

How old was William when he died? The grave says 69. The records say 63!

How old was William when he died? The grave says 69. The records say 63!

Joseph Doel can be found earlier, living with his brother, John, in 1851 in Market Lavington.

We’d love to know more about William Doel, with that historic ‘first’ in Easterton.