North of the Sands

Westmorland Church Notes - Ritson


Ritson Askham

(S. With 2 Brasses on stone). 1, Underneath lies interred Thomas Bowman of Askham who departed this life February 3rd 1799 Aged 65 years. Also Margaret Ritson his first wife who died May 4th 1773 aged 37 years. And Mary their daughter who died September . 2nd 1780 Aged 18 years. Death no respect of Age or Order makes, But child or Parent undistinguish'd takes. Oh! be prepared then all of every age, Warn'd or unwarn'd, to quit this troubled stage. God's gracious Promise in his Rest to dwell Is not to live long but doing well. 2, In Memory of William Bowman of Askham who died April 28th 1829 aged 58 years. Also Ann the wife of William Sisson who died December . I4th 1827 aged 33 years. Also Deborah the wife of Richard Sutton who died June 24th 1829 aged 23 years. Also Jane Bowman who died March 30th 1831 aged 26 years. Also Edmund Bowman who died February 21st 1833 aged 26 years. Also Deborah Bowman died at Forest Hill June 30th 1856 aged 84 years. Also Richard Bowman died at Tycooly, Ireland, September . 26th 1871 aged 58 years. (Other side) Remember now as you go-by, As you are now so once was I, As I am now so must you be, Prepare then for Eternity. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement." Hebrews ix, 27. To Die! The Christian does not die – Who lives to Christ alone, But lives eternally, Through what his Saviour's done.