Some years ago I received a printout from the Ford Park Cemetery office re
some burials in the 1800s.
The information provided gave location of grave site, date of burial, name
of deceased, age, home address, status - common, type - grass (I presume
this means there was no type of marker on the grave).
When i inquired what the term "common" meant and could it mean it was a
paupers' grave, as it appeared on the printout that there were others in
this plot as well as my 2 persons, this was their reply -
What we call a Common Grave means the grave belongs to us, the owners of
the Cemetery. Often families would choose a grave and may start paying for
it, they would hold a payment card but if for some reason they are unable
to finish paying for it the grave would revert back to the Cemetery. Other
families may be unable to afford to purchase a plot but would have to have
paid for the burial of the family member. Normally if it was a paupers'
grave it would say Paid by the Parish on our paperwork.
My 2 family members were the earliest burials in this plot so my
presumption is that they did initially start paying for the plot even
though they may not have been able to pay in full.
Hope this is helpful
On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 6:50 AM, Adrian Bruce <abruce6155(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Without seeing the data for ourselves, we'd be only guessing.
*However* I just enquired in FindMyPast (and I'm *guessing* that's what
we're talking about) at the name Smith buried in Ford Park and this is part
of an example:
Burial date 10 May 1874
Parish Ford Park Cemetery
Place Plymouth, Ford Park Cemetery
Grave type Common
Memorial reference Section AH, No.14, Row 50
Document reference 2595/10
Repository Plymouth & West Devon Record Office
Entry number 846
Record set Devon Burials
If that's the sort of thing that you're seeing, then I suggest "Memorial
reference" is a poor (and peculiar) description and it simply means that
"Memorial reference" is the plot number of the grave, which is otherwise
not given. I would certainly expect a cemetery's register to always include
the plot number of the burial.
> I have found a no. of relations and people in my ONS buried in Ford Park
> Cemetery on FMP, thanks to the work of members of the Devon FHS. They
> all seem to have a grave type of 'Common'. Does this mean a communal
> grave and it's not worth looking for a headstone?
> On the other hand they do (all) have a 'memorial reference' (none just a
> grave location) - if there is a memorial reference can I assume there
> will be a memorial?
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