Tombstone Tuesday: another Bunce gravestone at Westmill, Hertfordshire


This is another “Bunce” gravestone from the churchyard at Westmill.  Unfortunately when I took the photo I didn’t transcribe the inscription which is almost impossible to decipher from the picture.   The new Hertfordshire parish records on have come to my rescue: this is the gravestone of 3 male members of the Bunce family who died within a few months of each other in 1883.

William, aged 65, was buried on 16th March; another William, aged 30, was buried on 25th May, and Walter, aged 36, was buried on 1st (or possibly 3rd) June.

I think the elder William is the brother of my  3 x great grandmother, Eliza, and William and Walter are his sons.  The two Williams can be found in 1881, living in Buntingford, but I haven’t managed to find Walter in 1881.  He was in Worcester in 1871, working as a decorator.

I’m now off to send for some death certificates – was it just coincidence that they all died in such a short space of time,  or did they have some infectious illness?  Whatever happened, it must have been a blow for the family. I wonder who erected the headstone?


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2 Responses to Tombstone Tuesday: another Bunce gravestone at Westmill, Hertfordshire

  1. Bill Bayliss says:

    You say that you haven’t identified William Millington Mason’s b1819 parents, They were: William Millington Mason
    England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
    christening: 30 May 1819 SUNBURY ON THAMES,LONDON,ENGLAND

    father: William Millington Mason
    mother: Mary Ann

    • Thanks for your comment and your interest, and the reference to the parents of William Millington Mason, born 1819.

      His parents, William Millington Mason and Mary Ann Dorsett were married in Ealing in 1818 and it is this couple who are my direct ancestors – my 4 x great grandparents – and whose parents I have yet to discover.

      William Millington Mason the elder must have been born around 1787 but I have no idea where he came from, so have been unable to find any records which relate to him. So far, he remains a brick wall!

      Thanks again for getting in touch.

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