Tombstone Tuesday – Edward Noble

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

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

I am very excited I that I finally found the gravesite of my 2nd Great-grandfather, Edward Noble on complete with photo. The problem is that the tombstone is very hard to read.  He is buried in Saint Mary’s RC Cemetery in Mount Carmel, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania.

Edward was born about 1826/7 in Ireland. He very likely immigrated to England during the famine years. 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 Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England.

They then had another son (John) in Liverpool; relocated to Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England; had three additional children (Mary, James and Edward); 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 Edward probably died between 1870 and 1880.  Of course, now I know it was in 1872.

What is really exciting about this tombstone is that it states where Edward was from in Ireland. Here is what I think it says so far:



the memory of


A native of [?] Parish

[?] County Mayo Ireland

Departed this life May 10, 1872

In the 45th year of his age

May he rest in peace Amen

[?] Mary Noble

[?] [poss. James Noble]


Mary [Devine] Noble is his wife. The one oddity is the next to last line which looks like it ends in the name James Noble.  James was born in 1860 and died in 1862 in England when he was only two.  Could it be a remembrance?

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.




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2 Responses to Tombstone Tuesday – Edward Noble

  1. Alex says:

    I pulled the image into iPhoto and cranked up the color saturation. The very last line on the tombstone appears to read: ____ their son WILLIAM JAMES NOBLE born May? __ 18__, died June 4, 1891. The “William James Noble” is quite clear.

    The Parish name begins Dun__ .

    • Eileen A. Souza says:

      Thank you, Alex. I think you are right. William James Noble makes sense. After they came to US, they had two children, Rose born abt. 1866 and William J., born abt. 1869. these birth dates are estimated based on ages listed in 1870 census. But I always thought William died prior to the 1880 census since he does not appear with the family and he would only have been abt. 11 years old. His sister Rose is there and she is listed as 13. Could the death year have been 1871?

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