“In memorium. Thomas Hog of Beechley Rd, Wrexham. Born November 17th 1830. Died January 18th 1915”.
The gravestone of Thomas Hog is an attractive but unusual design. Inspection of the gravestone suggests that when it was created in an earthy brown colour. The design is a cross inscribed with “A.D 1915” flanked by two angels.
Thomas Hog was born in London on the 17th November 1830, died on the 18th January 1915 and was buried at the Wrexham Cemetery on the 21st January 1915.
Thomas had spent many years residing with his son, Thomas Henry Hogg, around the Wrexham area. In 1891 they were residing in Bradley, Wrexham; in 1901, at 27 Bersham Road, Wrexham; and in 1911, at Ingle Dean, Beechley Road, Wrexham. Thomas Hogg’s occupation was a terracotta model maker. His son, Thomas Henry Hogg described his occupation in a number of ways, a terracotta draughtsman, a terracotta manager and later an architectural draughtsman. Some years later, Thomas’s son, Thomas Henry Hogg designed the Lynch gate at Ruabon Church that commemorates Ruabon’s casualties during both the first and second world war.
Due to the artistic talents of both father and son, it is not surprising that they have an unusual gravestone to mark Thomas Hogg’s grave.
Written and researched by Wayne Cronin-Wojdat, B.A (Hons.), MSc – Historical Gems.
Full Gravestone Inscription: “In memorium. Thomas Hog of Beechley Rd, Wrexham. Born November 17th 1830. Died January 18th 1915”.
Clwyd Family History Society, www.clwydfhs.org.uk, accessed 3rd July 2015.
Online Wrexham Cemetery Burial Records Search, www.wrexham.gov.uk [website], accessed 6th July 2015.
St Mary’s, Ruabon, www.stmarysruabon.org.uk [website], accessed 3rd July 2015.
1891 Wales Census, Bradley, Wrexham, ED 19, piece 4617, folio 34, page 31.
1901 Wales Census, 27, Bersham Road, Wrexham, archive ref RG13, piece 5225, folio 166, page 41.
1911 Wales Census, Ingle Dean, Beechley Road, Wrexham, archive ref RG14, piece 34060, schedule 284.