CROSSING ATLANTIC TO EXPLORE FAMILY TREE
Husband and wife travel from Vancouver to Prestwood to visit grave
A COUPLE have travelled to a Bucks village from the USA to see the final resting place of a family member.
When Ron May, from Vancouver, Washington, started researching his family tree, he discovered that his grandmother Florence Kate May was buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard, in Prestwood.
He and his wife Janet were planning a trip to Europe this summer, so they contacted the church’s rector, The Rev Deiniol Heywood, to say they would like to come and visit the grave.
This caused some consternation because the grave is in an overgrown part of the churchyard, but eventually Rev Heywood and the church’s secretary located it by the hedge to the north of the church.
Two members of the current congregation spent several hours hacking back 83 years worth of brambles, holly, laurel and more, to reveal the headstone, though not in the same condition as shown in a photo Mr May had of the grave in 1933.
Mr and Mrs May duly arrived on Wednesday, June 8 and were pleased to be able to visit the final resting place of Mr May’s grandmother.
Florence was born in India and married William Henry May from Lympstone, Devon, in her country of birth, where they had four children.
William died in India and Florence came to England with her daughter in 1923 and it is presumed they must have settled in Prestwood.
Ron’s father Arthur May emigrated from India to North America.
After seeing the grave and taking photos of it and the church, both inside and out, Mr and Mrs May joined the Wednesday morning congregation for coffee.
If anyone has any further information about the May family in Prestwood, contact Liz in the office by emailing secretary@ htprestwood.org or Mary Wiles at mary.wiles88@ gmail.com and they will pass this on to Mr May to help complete his research.
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