In Middle Rasen, there were tw0 Parishes with their own Church and graveyard. They emerged in 1844, and St Paul was the Parish Church, while St Peter on North Street was left to fall down but the graveyard was still used.
However, in 1860, it was decided that the church by the river was to be demolished and the materials were used to rebuilt St Peter. The new parish church of Middle Rasen was called St Peter & St Paul.
The graveyard of St Paul became God’s Acre.
God’s Acre, near the site of St Paul’s, Lower Church Street
George and Mary Holmes died 1894 and 1893; aged 77 years
George Holmes was born in 1817 in Normanby by Spital. In the 1841 census; he is single, Ag. labourer in Sixhills. Summer 1841 he married Mary Wilkinson.
By the 1851 census; he is living in Glentham as an agricultural labourer, with Mary, Anthony 1841, Robert 1843, James 1845 and Adam in 1847.
In the 1861 census; he is a foreman Agricultural labourer living in Middle Rasen. He is with Mary and 2 other agricultural labourers, (lodgers), Anthony, a Carter and Adam a school boy.
By the 1871 census; he is living in Hibaldstow, and working as foreman on farm, with Mary and James. In the 1881 census; George and Mary are living in North Street, Middle Rasen, he is a farm labourer. The 1891 census sees them living in the High Street, Middle Rasen, he is an agricultural labourer. 1893 Mary died and George died in 1894
Sons – Anthony, there is no record found to date after 1861 census. By 1881, Robert is married and has moved to Sheffield to be near brothers. He was a Police Constable locally. James is also married and living in Sheffield, he is a Master Carter. The youngest Adam is married and living in Sheffield, a Wheelwright employing men.
Holmes boys did well for themselves in Sheffield which make explain how they could afford a headstone for their parents.
St Peter & St Paul Church graveyard
There are several CWGC gravestones for WW1 and WW11, see other sections for more details.
William and Elizabeth Goodson and family Memorial
THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
WILLIAM GOODSON OF MIDDLE RASEN MANOR AND FORMALY OF SLEAFORD
IN THIS COUNTY BORN AUGUST 31ST 1797 DIED SEPTEMBER 1ST 1859
ALSO OF ELIZABETH RELICT OF THE ABOVE BORN NOVEMBER 29TH 1791
DIED APRIL 30TH 1866
***** MEMORY OF SUSANNA
WIDOW OF THE LATE JOSEPH LYALL OF NORMANBY-LE-WOLD
AND ONLY DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH GOODSON
WHO DIED AUGUST 24 1906 AGED 79 YEARS
IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF THE REVD JOHN B GOODSON
FORMALY OF THE GRANGE FARM IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED IN THE CITY OF DETROIT US DECEMBER 31ST 1888 AGED 56 YEARS
***** OF WILLIAM ELDERST SON OF WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH GOODSON
WHO DIED APRIL 28TH 1900 AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO OF CHARLES WILLIAM YOUNGEST SON OF WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH
GOODSON DIED AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND JUNE 4TH 1919 AGED 82 YEARS
A SINNER SAVED THROUGH GRACE
**** means damage on the inscription
William Goodson was born in 1797 in Sleaford, he was an Innkeeper and postmaster in Sleaford. He retired to The Manor House, North Street, Middle Rasen in 1853. William died on 1st September 1859. Elizabeth, his wife died in 1866.
Susanna 1827-1906, married a Famer, Joseph Lyall and died in 1906. They had one son.
William junior was the Landlord of the White Hart in Market Rasen for several years. He was also the postmaster. After his mother died, he moved into the Manor House, Middle Rasen and is listed as Farmer. In 1882 he married Charlotte Ingleby, daughter of the landlord of the White Swan, Market Rasen. He and Charlotte ran the pub until his death in 1900, aged 71 yrs.
The Revd John B was first a Farmer at The Grange, Middle Rasen. He then emigrated to Canada and USA. Where he died in 1888, aged 56 yrs.
Charles William, the youngest emigrated to New Zealand. He was a Soldier, a Corn Merchant and Traders. Charles married 3 times and was declared bankrupt several times. He died in Auckland in 1919, aged 82 yrs.
Dixon and Eliza WOOD; cross- Albertina Eliza WOOD
Albertina Eliza Wood was born in Middle Rasen in the Summer of 1850, her parents Dixon and Eliza Wood had been married 3 years earlier. Eliza Odling and Dixon Wood had one more daughter Mary Elizabeth in 1852. He was a Farmer in Middle Rasen.
Albertina never left home; she lived all her life (as of the census) with her family.
1885 Kelly’s directory listed Dixon Wood as a Farmer and Machine Owner.
1895, Dixon died and was buried in the Church graveyard. In 1899, his youngest daughter Mary was married to Joseph Odling at West Rasen.
Albertina and her mother carried on living at Brook Cottage, Lower Church Street, near the old Vicarage. She died in 1912 and her mother soon after in 1916. Eliza was buried with her husband and Albertina next plot. Mary Odling was widowed in 1912, and died in 1944.
JOHN and BETSY ANN ABBOTT
John was 73 years old when he died in 1916, a retired Cottage Farmer. He had moved in with his daughter Lotty and her family after his wife died. Besty Ann ABBOTT died in 1909, aged 64 years.