Great uncle Charles was 24 in 1887 but was already destined to work with stone as he went on to become a master builder and built his own house, Tavis Vor, which is now the lodge to The Coastguard in Mousehole.
I am assuming that Sarah was his girlfriend but the romance, if that is what it was, did not last as Charles married Nellie, they had eight boys and then a daughter, Mary Viola, who died aged only 8 in 1911, I am haunted by their loss of a precious daughter in those days before antibiotics.
and became the mayor of Penzance in 1934
I am happy to think that under all that fur and civic pomp he cared enough to carve the name of his girlfriend into granite, a sort of pre-spray paint graffiti.
Great uncle Charles, Nellie and Mary are buried in the cemetery at Paul
I visited him last week to ask his permission to include him in my blog.
I thank my neighbour for his family history and I thank great uncle Charles.
For my next mystery can someone explain this sign carved high into a wall in Penzance?