Reply To: Enquiries about the Hope family 1900 and earlier

Yvonne Purdy

Hello Eileen, In 2014, the Society was sent a small diary which had belonged to a Laura Hope. We transcribed the diary, and there is an article entitled: Ripping nights and good laughs: The Edwardian diary of a Hexham girl in Hexham Historian No. 24, published in August 2014. If Laura Hope is indeed part of your family, I found the family tombstone in Hexham cemetery, with the following inscription:

In loving memory of Joseph, beloved husband of Emma Hope, who died 3rd Sep 1933 aged 79 years. Also the above Emma Hope, who died 25th March 1940, aged 84 years. Laura their daughter, and wife of G. Keeling, died 10th Dec. 1925, aged 39 years. Henry Taylor their son, died 4th Nov. 1927, aged 45 years. Thomas R., & Alfred, their sons who died in infancy. Joseph Richardson, their eldest son, died 16th May 1940, aged 63 years. And Emily Hope, died 25th Dec, 1981, aged 91 years. R.I.P.

If this is part of your family, I have a photograph of the tombstone, and will happily send you a copy.

Kind regards, Yvonne