Tuesday, 13 January 2015

'Til Death Us Do Part - A Family Coincidence


On the 12 June 1884 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, Baillieston, Lanarkshire, Scotland my 2x Great Grandparents, Charles Leslie and Agnes Carroll were married. Together they had seven children, and came to reside in the mining town of Larkhall.

Charles and Agnes' marriage
Two decades after having their last child, Charles became seriously ill. Eventually he died of liver and stomach cancer, on the 12 June 1921 - his 37th wedding anniversary. He was buried in the local cemetery at Larkhall.

The Leslie family moved around shortly after, but eventually settled in the mining village of Twechar near Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire. By this time Agnes was aged and frail and it was not long until she moved to a St Joseph's House, Glasgow, a home for the poor and elderly. There Agnes died of a cerebral haemorrhage, or stroke on the 12 June 1943 - 59 years to the day that she married Charles

Agnes was also buried at Larkhall, in the same lair as Charles. As is common with poor families, the two do not have a headstone. 

The Leslie family plots at Larkhall Cemetery. Taken April 2014.