Tracing the Osborne inscriptions at Trealaw

The hundredth article on Cutlock & Co {1} is as good as any to re-visit the photographs taken at Trealaw Cemetery back in April 2011 {3}. This time it is a focus on the Osborne side.

The grave of great great grandparents William and Mary Ann Osborne was perhaps the easiest to find – right next to one of the main paths.

Son Daniel predeceased his parents, age just 19 in 1909. William reached 80 by his death in 1928, with Mary Ann (nee Sibley) following in 1932, also age 80.

The previous post about this cemetery (Keen eyes and some groundwork to find the name) included the headstone for Brinley Letherby, son of the next couple:

Daisy, the youngest daughter of William and Mary Ann Osborne featured above, died in 1955 age 63. Inscription on the side as shown here “Grant her thy eternal rest”. Frederick Charles Letherby joined her in 1963 age 72. Courtesy of Ancestry’s Probate Calendar records, we can see that probate was granted in just three weeks to his youngest son Stanley, a miner.

Jumping a generation, next is Harold and Eva Lofthouse. Eva’s three siblings all died young, leaving her as the only Brookstone to have children. Her mother Lily was sister, and a few years older, to Daisy Osborne.

In loving memory of Harold Walter Lofthouse of Court Villa, Tonypandy. Died June 26, 1979, aged 68 years. Also his beloved wife Eva Lofthouse. Died Jan. 30, 1980. Aged 62 years.

Now some actual Osborne cousins. John Osborne, first cousin 3x removed and wife Caroline Hellier {2}:

In Loving Memory of John Osborne The beloved husband of Caroline Osborne Died February 9 1949, aged 59 years “Christ will clasp the broken chain closer, when we meet again.”
Also the above Caroline Osborne Died June 5 1975, aged 84 years
Together again, safe in the arms of Jesus

Probate for John’s will was granted to son George, steel worker, this time taking about 5 months. George himself and wife Dilys May Jones are much more recent arrivals at the cemetery.


Other gravestone photographs not yet included on Cutlock and Co are likely to get added to the FindAGrave website. I have already started adding the Gregory family. At the moment these are the only entries for Trealaw on that site, so can be easily found by doing a Cemetery Lookup.


1. Article count excludes the core pages – those linked from the navbar at the top of the screen.

2. John Osborne, born 1890, was the son of William’s immediately younger brother George (born Merriott about 1850).

3. Other Trealaw Cemetery articles:  A quick look at family gravestonesKeen eyes and some groundwork to find the name.

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