CROSS­ING AT­LANTIC TO EX­PLORE FAM­ILY TREE

Hus­band and wife travel from Van­cou­ver to Prest­wood to visit grave

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

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.

His­tory search: Ron and Janet May

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