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A tall stone with a round top flanked by two smaller rounds, the inscription now hard to read in decorative gothic script:

In memory of
Edward GOWER, Senr,
late of this parish, who died
4th July 1801 aged 68 years.
Also Elizabeth his wife,
who died 18th July 1794
aged 65 years.
John their son died 15th June 1767
aged 4 years. Their surviving issue:
Edward, Elizabeth, Mary and Ann.
As also John, his son (by Elizabeth
his second wife, whom he left surviving),
who died in his infancy.
Likewise near this place are buried
in one grave the Father and Mother
of the said Edward Gower, who
died nearly at the same time. Also
their sons George, John, Robert and his wife.

Haslewood p15. Registers record infant John buried 1798, Mary and George GOWER both 1751; George 1765, John 1787, Robert 1784 (also Sarah 1786 and Sarah 1788)


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