John Race

John Race, son of Joseph Race, was baptised on the 27th March 1769 at St Peter's Church, Horbury. John married Ann Himsworth on the 9th May 1802, at St Helen's Church, Sandal. Their daughter Mary was baptised on the 15th September 1810 at St Peter's Church.

In the 1851 census John is living at Milne Gate, Horbury with unmarried daughters Ann aged 45 and Mary aged 40. He is 82 and lists himself as a woollen spinner. John died in 1856 age 88. Daughter Ann actually died the month before her father and was buried at St Peter's on the 22nd October 1856, age 50. I wonder why she isn't recorded on the gravestone? Mary lived to be 72, dying in 1883.

The inscription reads:

"In memory of Ann the wife of John Race, who died July 13th 1832, aged 55 years.

Also the above named John Race who died Nov 9th 1856 in the 88th year of his age.

Also Mary, daughter of the above who died June 12th 1883 aged 72 years.

The winter of trouble is past, 
The storm of affliction is ‘oer, 
My struggles are ended at last, 
And sorrow and death are no more."


Helen Bickerdike  June 2017