It was in my More Of Derbyshire And A Bit Of Family History post that I mentioned we'd visited the village of Stanton and found my great grandparents' final resting place. Seeing the village where many generations of my ancestors once lived reignited the urge to find out more, so a couple of weeks ago, as Mick had a final day to take off work from last year's holiday entitlement, we decided to head back to the area and see if we could find out more.
This time we headed to the church in Ellastone where many family occasions such as christenings, weddings and funerals took place. The church in Stanton was only built in 1847 so the villagers worshipped in nearby Ellastone.
The church in Ellastone is much bigger than the one in Stanton and I was hoping that we may find some graves belonging to my family but the churchyard was very overgrown and some of the gravestones so old that even when you could wade through the long grass, the writing on them had long since disappeared, which was quite disappointing.
Ellastone is a rural village on the Staffordshire side of the River Dove. It's set in beautiful countryside.
We also went back to Stanton where we found my mum's Auntie Betty. She was married to Harry, who we found last time we visited.
I managed to find a few leads but nothing concrete at the moment so more research is needed. It's all good fun though and wouldn't be half as satisfying if it were all straight forward.