Tombstone Tuesday – Edward Noble (1827 – 1872)

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Edward Noble b. 1827 d. 1872, photo courtesy of RoadRunner at

Edward Noble b. 1827 d. 1872, photo courtesy of RoadRunner at

The photo is of the tombstone of my great-great-grandfather, Edward Noble. Edward and his family, including my great-grandfather Thomas, were found in the 1870 US Federal census. Edward and his wife Mary were born in Ireland; and all the children, prior to that last two, were born in England. Since Edward died prior to 1880, this is his only appearance in the census records.

The World War II Draft Registration of my grandfather, William J. Noble, stated that his father, Thomas Noble, was born in Durham County, England. With this clue, I was able to find Thomas with his parents in the 1861 UK census.

Edward was born about 1826/7 in Ireland. He immigrated to England, possibly during the famine. He and Mary Devine had a son, Thomas (my great-grandfather) in Liverpool, Lancashire, England in Nov 1851. He married Mary Devine in 1852 in Newbottle, Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England.
They then had another son in Liverpool; relocated to Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England; had three additional children; then migrated to the US around 1865. The entire family appears in the 1861 UK census in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England and the entire family, except for James who died in 1862 in England, appears in the 1870 US census in Locust Gap, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania. Mary appears as a widow in the 1880 US census so I knew Edward died between 1870 and 1880.

Since then, I have been trying to find Edward in Ireland. Edward and his family were Roman Catholic not Church of Ireland. I found this tombstone on Find A Grave last July. What is really exciting about this tombstone is that is states where Edward was from in Ireland. Edward is buried in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

This is my latest transcription of this tombstone:
the memory of
a native of [Dun?????] Parish of
[Achill?] County Mayo Ireland
Departed this life May 10, 1872
in the 45th year of his age
May his soul rest in peace Amen
Erected by his wife Mary Noble

born May 2, 1867 [1869], died June 4, 1871

As you can see, I was able to transcribe every bit of the tombstone except the exact location of his home town/townland and parish. I even contacted another volunteer to try to obtain a better photo but this photo turned out to be the best.

The person who took this photo and entered the memorial into Find A Grave believes that it says “a native of Dooniver Parish of Achill”. I seem to see more letters then that in each place name which creates my difficulty with my transcription.

Achill is the only parish starting with an A and ending in double-L in Mayo; also the only parish ending with a double-L in Mayo period. There are no parishes ending in “th” in Mayo; in case this is not a “ll” but rather a “th”. See “this life”.

Any help with this transcription is welcome. Although County Mayo is more than I had before, I am really anxious to find the actual location within County Mayo. If you feel you can help, please leave a comment and I will contact you by email with a copy of the photo, allowing it to be enlarged. Maybe some cousins out there know this information.


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2 Responses to Tombstone Tuesday – Edward Noble (1827 – 1872)

  1. Geordav1 says:

    Achill is on Clew Bay in County, Mayo near Mallaranny, Mayo, Ireland, the Facebook group Mayo county Genealogy are very helpful and I’m sure they can tell you.

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