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Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
« Reply #108 on: Saturday 16 July 16 22:21 BST (UK) »
Next Groundwork Day
Sunday 17 July 2016


Arriving abt 10.30am

Weather forecast looking good!

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Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
« Reply #109 on: Sunday 31 July 16 19:20 BST (UK) »
Weather was great with a lovely welcome breeze!!

More and More buried stones being revealed
with more and more information to be recorded!

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Fingers crossed for weather like today for next Sunday!

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Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
« Reply #110 on: Sunday 07 August 16 15:58 BST (UK) »

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Fingers crossed for weather! worked again!!

Another great day for uncovering!

Keeping them crossed for Sunday 14th August!

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Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
« Reply #111 on: Monday 15 August 16 13:46 BST (UK) »
Some more interesting finds at Manchester General Cemetery which have been added to our collection of Notable Burials on the project website:  www.mgctp.moonfruit.com

Prolific author, librarian and member of Manchester Literary Guild, Alfred Owen Legge (1835-1897) - his works include Manslaughter, The Growth of the Temporal Power of the Papacy and The Unpopular King : Richard III;

Contractor, Peter Jones (1811-1867), best known for the construction of the Woodhead Tunnel on the Manchester/Sheffield railway, which when it was built was the longest tunnel in England;

On our page Buried Stories we aim to tell the story behind the inscription on the gravestone and have added Mary Ellen Baker (1872-1884). She tragically died when the school bell fell on her at the Board School, Harpurhey.

We have also added Jabez Sykes to our collection of Policemen.

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Armitage, Slaithwaite; Buck, Staffs & Hampshire; Buckley, Bolton & Manchester; Temple, London & Hampshire; Crummett, Norfolk & Burnley; Osborne, Cornwall & Burnley; Haigh, Manchester & Todmorden; Gralton/Grant, Manchester & Ireland; France, Manchester & Slaithwaite; Shackleton, Burnley & Yorkshire; Dicks, Nottingham & Wiltshire; Sowter, Derbyshire

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Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
« Reply #112 on: Monday 22 August 16 19:40 BST (UK) »
Have you visited our website recently?

www.mgctp.moonfruit.com

We are always adding new information about Manchester General Cemetery and very soon will be adding some helpful information about researching our ancestors who may have been buried in some of the many other Manchester cemeteries and churchyards.  We are always happy to help and can be contacted via the website or on Rootschat.

There is a page on the website which we have named "Buried Stories".  This is when we have found a grave where the inscription leads us to believe there is a story or the manner of death was due to unusual circumstances.

The latest addition however concerns the death or rather the non-death of Jane Shakeshaft Sweeney.  In this case however there is no gravestone, no inscription and the name of the person who was actually buried on 2nd April 1866 is a mystery.  It would be wonderful if any of the Rootschatters can help us find out more .......

In March 1866 a death occurred in Angel Street, Manchester and was registered in the name of Jane S Sweeney, aged 24 years, 1st quarter 1866 Manchester 8d 309 but all was not as it seemed because Jane didnít actually die.  Somebody else did and was buried in her place.

This is the story which was told to Mr Herford, the City Coroner at the inquest held  on 6th April 1866.

In February 1866, a man and a woman rented a house in Angel Street, which is located off Rochdale Road in the Harpurhey district of Manchester.  They lived as man and wife and were known by the name of Sweeney.  The woman was about 24 years old.  Within a few weeks the woman became very sick and was tended by the landlady who made her gruel.  Mr Sweeney added sugar to the gruel and fed it to his wife.  She became much worse and on 30th March 1866 she died.

The following day, Easter Saturday, Mr Sweeney travelled to Toxteth Park, Liverpool to visit a Mrs Hill who was his wifeís sister to inform her that he had fallen in love with Jane Shakeshaft, they had subsequently married and now Jane Shakeshaft Sweeney was lying dead in Manchester.  That very same day, Mr Sweeney wrote to his wifeís and Mrs Hillís mother, who lived in Blackpool, and also called upon another of his wifeís sisters to inform them of Janeís death.

The bereaved family comprising Mr Sweeney, his mother-in-law and his two sister-in-laws all travelled to Manchester on the following Monday for Janeís funeral and burial at Manchester General Cemetery.  Prior to the burial the family members viewed the body and according to the newspaper reports at the time didnít recognise her as their relative.  However, they presumed her illness had changed her appearance so didnít take the matter any further.

The burial proceeded as planned and afterwards the family returned back to the rented accommodation in Angel Street at which point Mr Sweeney disappeared.  On the Monday evening, Janeís mother and sisters returned to Liverpool.  Shortly after their arrival, Mrs Hill was shocked by the appearance of Jane at her home, the sister who she believed she had just buried in Manchester.

Jane, having heard rumours of her death, had decided to visit her family to put their minds at ease.  Meanwhile, the surgeon in Manchester who had attended the death had been asked at the time, by Mr Sweeney, to guarantee the cost of the funeral and other related expenses and was now being called upon to repay the debt.

The body which had been buried in Manchester General Cemetery was exhumed and the cause of death was confirmed as ďeffusion of blood on the brainĒ.  The remains of the unknown woman were re-buried but her identity has never been discovered and so remains a mystery.


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Armitage, Slaithwaite; Buck, Staffs & Hampshire; Buckley, Bolton & Manchester; Temple, London & Hampshire; Crummett, Norfolk & Burnley; Osborne, Cornwall & Burnley; Haigh, Manchester & Todmorden; Gralton/Grant, Manchester & Ireland; France, Manchester & Slaithwaite; Shackleton, Burnley & Yorkshire; Dicks, Nottingham & Wiltshire; Sowter, Derbyshire

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Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
« Reply #113 on: Friday 20 October 17 12:32 BST (UK) »
How is the transcription project going? I haven't been able to get to Manchester much this year.

The MLFHS posted a link to this video (about the General Cemetery) on their facebook page:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNsDHs9L5hU&feature=youtu.be

The maker of the youtube video credits 'Friends of Manchester General Cemetery' for their research. Does he mean the transcription project or is there a Friends group now?

Hope you are all well!
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LANCS:  Greenwood, Greenhalgh, Fishwick, Berry,
CHES/DERBYS:  Vernon
YORKS/LINCS: Watson, Stamford, Bartholomew,
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Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
« Reply #114 on: Sunday 22 October 17 15:41 BST (UK) »
Hi Barbara
We've not done much on the Project this year for various reasons, but will be back in the Spring and hope you can join us. We are determined to finish the Project!
Thanks for bringing the video to our attention, they've got it wrong yet again, it's nothing to do with the "Friends" group, all the research they've nicked off our MGTCP website and all the research our group has done!
Don't worry I will put them straight!
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Jeanne
Milwain, McTaldroch, McCulloch, McMillan, McCracken, Muir/Moore, Hill, Little,
McGaw, Kirkmaiden/Stoneykirk
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Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
« Reply #115 on: Sunday 22 October 17 20:10 BST (UK) »
Hi Jeanne, I'm glad I haven't missed too much!

I thought that chap might have 'borrowed' from the website. Cheeky!

At least the cemetery was looking quite nice in the background. I'd love to get back and finish the transcriptions.

See you in spring!
 :) Barbara

LANCS:  Greenwood, Greenhalgh, Fishwick, Berry,
CHES/DERBYS:  Vernon
YORKS/LINCS: Watson, Stamford, Bartholomew,
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Re: Manchester General Cemetery Transcription Project
« Reply #116 on: Sunday 22 October 17 21:10 BST (UK) »
Copying/using our work!!!! Ugh!!!!

Brilliant Original Work is always being copied!!! Copyrighted?? Credit???

But we all know how hard we've worked ;D

We haven't been at the Cemetery this year due to bone breakages (not on the project) and bereavements.  Been a pretty terrible year for a few of us.

Back now to catching up with things.

We will be back at the Cemetery on the groundwork days in the Spring weather permitting.
We're raring to go!!!

Did visit a couple of so weeks ago and it was just as we left it, apart from grass being cut, nothing else has happened!!  Little Jean did celebrate a birthday!!!

We do still have the free of charge lookups for everyone to contact us, and we have helped quite a few!! for those looking for family burials!

Hopefully the website is going to be updated and a few changes made soon,  plenty to keep us busy over the winter!!

Glad to be Back!!! :D

Cancan :)

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