Headstone – Hawksworth Family
Upper part of a sandstone headstone commemorating members of the Hawksworth family. Only the part with an inscription for John (1826-39) and Ann (1819-39) survives; according to Barton's transcription (1860), the stone originally also commemorated an infant, Martha (bur. 15 Sept 1832, aged 5 months), and the children's father, John (1795-1846), a mariner, from Cawood. The word 'Sacred' at the top is carved in a decorative Gothic Revival script.
The dates of death only 5 days apart suggest that John and Ann may have had an infectious illness. Their parents, John and Martha (née Hunter) had married at Holy Trinity in June 1818.
Inscription and donor(s)
to the Memory of JOHN
the Son of JOHN
and MARTHA HAWKSWORTH
who died Nov:r 13:th 1839,
Aged 13 Years.
Also ANN their Daughter,
who died Nov:r 18:th 1839,
Aged 20 Years.
[Also MARTHA their Daughter,
who died in infancy
And are they gone, whom we so dearly lov'd
Whose tenderest kindness we so oft have prov'd
Yes they are gone, their happy spirits fled
And now they're number'd with the silent dead.
Also the said JOHN HAWKSWORTH who
died Oct 28th 1846 aged 51 Years.]