R is for Rocky, Roma and Rushden

Join me on my Cemetery Searching expedition for the 2023 A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ll be re-visiting some cemeteries and preparing for a wish list of others. Some family members will be mentioned but I also have an interest in German family graves as well as those of people born in Co Clare Ireland.

Rockhampton (Rocky) cemeteries, Queensland

These cemeteries remain one of my outstanding places for family burials. I was fortunate to be sent this photo of my maternal great-grandparents’ grave by a cousin many years ago. Also buried with them are their daughter Margaret and son David John. They are buried in the North Rockhampton cemetery.

I wrote about the Diamond wedding jubilee for Peter and Mary McSherry here. https://cassmobfamilyhistory.com/2014/11/01/sepia-saturday-mr-mrs-mcsherry-diamond-jubilee-1941/

Peter McSherry and his wife Mary nee Callaghan, their daughter Margaret Mary and son David John.

My great-great grandmother Bridget McSherry aka McSharry nee Furlong is buried in the South Rockhampton cemetery in a separate grave from her daughter, Margaret, aged 12 who died from burns. Frustratingly I’ve been unable to find a news story on her accident or death. Despite the different spelling and usage of their name on arrival, Sherry, they are the same family. In addition to sons Peter and James there were four surviving daughters at the time of Bridget’s death.

“Advertising” Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 – 1954) 14 July 1900: 1. Web. 21 Apr 2023 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article52578829&gt;.

Roma, Queensland

My search in this cemetery was for Joseph Francis KUNKEL, son of my 2xgreat grandparents, George and Mary Kunkel. Unfortunately while his burial is recorded there is no memorial. His death is recorded as 27 July 1897. Joseph and his wife Martha Elizabeth Mitchell had four surviving sons and two daughters at the time of his death.

“Return of the Lancers.” Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 – 1948) 28 August 1897: 2. Web. 21 Apr 2023 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97481162&gt;.
Christian or Christopher KUDER died 13 May 1892.
“New South Wales.” Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 – 1948) 21 May 1892: 2. Web. 21 Apr 2023 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97512488&gt;.

Rushden, Hertfordshire, England

This is an adjoining parish to that of my ancestors, the Kent family. It’s a pretty village with thatched houses, a beautiful church and a tranquil churchyard. When I first saw it in the late 1980s the hill of the churchyard was covered in daffodils.

St Mary’s Church, Rushden, Hertfordshire, England.

Cemetery Searching Wishlist

As I mentioned above, Rockhampton cemeteries remain high of my to-visit list.

10 thoughts on “R is for Rocky, Roma and Rushden

  1. A shame there is no memorial for Joseph Francis Kunkel. I wonder of the “cold” he contracted might have been something more serious, such as an influenza.

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