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Mary Young of Parkend Pike House.

Image: Mary Young Parkend Pike House (51k)

Obituary from "A Life of Faith" Autobiography of Mrs Young, Parkend, Forest of Dean:

We regret to have to record this week the decease of Mrs Mary Young, the widow of the late Mr William Young, which occurred at the Old Turnpike House, Parkend, on the 9th inst., at the ripe old age of eighty-three. The deceased was well known in the district and beyond it's borders, for her industrious habits and Christian character. It will be interesting to her friends to know that she was born in the year of Waterloo, at Machynlleth, Brecknockshire, and came from there to Joyford, in 1851.
In the year 1852 Mr Bremner, who was then the surveyor of roads, placed the subject of our memoir in charge of Yorkley Toll Gate, where she remained over twenty years, afterwards having charge of Parkend Gate, till the old Turnpike Trust ceased. She was interred in Parkend Churchyard to-day, Thursday. We understand it is intended to publish a short history of her life, as written by herself.

(from the Dean Forest Gaurdian, 13th January 1899)

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