'BENEATH THIS TOMB
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
ROSE HILL IPSWICH
APRIL XX? MDCCCXXV
Owen Roe's dates are
confirmed as 1770-1825, so was aged 55 at his death. The appellation
'Gent' (rather than, say, 'Rev.', 'Esquire' or a noble title) indicates
that Owen Roe was a gentleman farmer, presumably successful given the
rather grand (and not inexpensive) nature of his final resting place.
One imagines that he and his family would have been able to mix
socially with the Cobbold family in Ipswich (also 'new money' gentry,
their wealth being based on the successful brewing business at Cliff
Quay in Ipswich). At a time when class, wealth and social status were
deemed to be
of great importance, this would explain how his daughter, Ann Roe, was
in a position to meet her future husband, Charles Cobbold, at his
mother's Valentine party in 1811.
panels at each end of the tomb are (below
7? AUGUST 1859
AGED 66 YEARS'
The dates for Charles
Cobbold, Ann's husband, are confirmed as 1793-1859, so he was aged 66
at his death. It is not entirely clear that Charles Cobbold was
actually interred in the Roe tomb, merely that as Ann's husband who
survived her by a few years, the inscription remembers him. We suspect
that he would have been interred in a Cobbold family vault or tomb.
Above right is a far
more indecipherable description, but we are sure that, at the top, we
can make out the words:
We learn that Ann's
daughter (Georgiana Cobbold) is buried in this large tomb with her
mother (formerly Ann Roe), her sister (Ann Elizabeth Roe Cobbold) and
her grandfather (Owen Roe). The sequence of births and deaths shown
below indicates the following: Owen Roe (d.1825), Georgiana (d.1837), Ann Elizabeth Roe Cobbold (d.1837), Charles Owen Cobbold (d.
1837), Ann Cobbold (nee Roe) (d.1851?), to which we can add Ann's
husband Charles Cobbold (d. 1859). We think that is most likely that
the smaller panel at the opposite end to the Chas. Cobbold Esq.
inscription might include the young daughters Georgiana and Ann
Elizabeth and probably their brother Charles Owen who died in India, as
it is stated that there is a memorial inscription to him on this tomb.