We have received the following message from Kerrie Bennett who is keen to trace the last resting places of some ancestors;
Many generations of my family are from Riccarton and Kilmarnock. Whilst much information has been passed down and research completed no-one seems to be able to find the location of burials of ancestors. I have obtained the death registrations, but these do not record where people are buried. All we sites have been explored but still no record of any Oliver or Wood for example appear to be anywhere. I was wondering if there were any former grave yards, where they may be.
I will be visiting Kilmarnock in October and I would like to at least visit areas where they may have been buried if possible.
For example my Great grandfather's two sisters, Janet Muir Oliver bn 24 Jan 1875, died 2 Jan 1883, and Sarah Hart Oliver bn31 Oct 1876, died 6 Jul 1882. These events took place at the Peace and Plenty housing block, as did birth of my Great grandfather and two other siblings. The family immigrated to Australia in 1886. As I know from family, their mother constantly wore the hair mourning brooch for the rest of her long life. It appears in a couple of the family photos recently found to be held by a distant family member.
It would be nice to be able to visit an area where they, and probably other family are buried.
I am not asking for any investigation, but just if anyone is aware of anywhere where they may have been buried at that time.Their Great grandfather was a mine manager at Capington Colliery and great grandmother's father had a shoe shop in Portland Street. All family seem to work in that mine from 1820's so perhaps there would be somewhere where families may be buried together.
If anyone can help can they contact Kerrie directly please? Thanks