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John Fernihough, Staffordshire farmer - Obituary
Posted by: Clare James (ID *****7514) Date: April 11, 2003 at 11:32:04
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The following is the text of the obituary for John Fernihough, Josiah's son and may be of interest to you.

"Mr. John Fernihough.

Death of a Well-Known Ipstones Farmer.

Residents in Ipstones and Ipstones Edge were last week painfully surprised to learn of the death of Mr. John Fernihough, of Lady Edge. Though to all appearances quite well, the deceased had been in
failing health for nearly three years, the exact nature of his illness being known only to his intimates. As recently as a fortnight ago he was able to take an active interest in the work of the farm. On
Wednesday, March 10th, he was confined to bed, his vitality rapidly diminished, and he passed peacefully away at 10.30pm, on Wednesday, March 17th.

The deceased gentlemen, who was born in 1851, was descended from a long line of yeomen farmers connected with Ipstones as far back as the year 1225. The volumes of the county Archaeological
Society and Sleigh's History of Leek mention the family as bailiffs of the Abbey of Dieu La Cruse during the later middle ages. For eight generations the Fernihough family have owned and inhabited
Lady Edge Farm - the occupation being broken only for the three years 1899-1902. The late Mr. Fernihough had a life-long asociation with farming. For seventeen years he held the Nixon Hay Farm
(should be Mixon Hey/Hay?), Onecote, where he farmed on an extensive scale till 1916. While at Nixon Hay the deceased conducted experiments for the Board of Agriculture, and did much to further the
scientific investigation of epizortic abortion in cattle, a serious problem well-known to local farmers. In recognition of his services Mr. Fernihough was elected a member of the Royal Agricultural Society
in 1913-14. To these activities he added a long period in the office of Vicar's warden at Onecote Church, a duty he discharged with meticulous care and scrupulous honesty. He also served as County
Council representative on the managing committee of the schools.

Though keenly interested in farm work, the late Mr. Fernihough could claim other attainments. A man of keen intellect and pronounced literary tastes, he possessed for those few to whom it was revealed a
charm of dignified personality. To his friends he was in everything reliable, and in public life his unimpeachable character, straightforwardness and sobriety of life were exemplary. To him family now
long since grown up, his intense devotion to their interests was something inseparable from the man himself.


The funeral took place at Ipstones on Saturday. The panelled coffin of dark English oak, supplied by Mr. T. C. Walker, of Ipstones, was covered with far-travelled floral tributes.

Among the mourners were the deceased's widow, all his sons and daughters resident in the county, Mr and Mrs T. Fernihough and a following of friends and neighbours.

The service, simple and impressive, was conducted by the Rev, J.A. Mercer (Vicar of Ipstones), assisted by the Vicar of Onecote (the Rev. HG Johnson), who read the lesson. The hymn, "Our Blessed
Redeemer," was sung, and the Dead March from "Saul" rendered by Mrs Dakin, the congregation standing. As the cortege left the church a parting message of hope was sounded by an adaptation of
Mendelsshon's 'Spring Song'.

Floral tributes included the following: To father, with our love, from mother, Annie, Mary and Clifford; in loving memory, from William and family; to father, with love from Josiah, wife and family; in
grateful and loving memory, from Harold and Charlie, N.S.W.; to dear father, with love from James and Annie; in loving memory of our dear father, from John R. and S., Burnley; to dear father, with love
from Amy and grandson Norman; with deepest sympathy, from Betty Ormerod; a token of remembrance, from Henry Devonport; with love from grandchildren; to my dear father, a token of love and
gratitude for unfailing encouragement and provident care, from C; with deepest sympathy, from Thomas S. Ash."

Hope this of some interest to you. If you have any knowledge of this family of Ipstones farmers please post a reply.



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