One of Ari’s ancestors was Isaac Millington who lived in Denby, Derbyshire (where the pottery comes from). Isaac is a recently discovered 7x great-grandfather who has a well-preserved, beautifully carved gravestone in St Mary’s churchyard.
The wording says:
In memory of
(Musician) his Sublunary
destiny ended the 24th of
Aged 74 Years.
Isaac was born in 1750 and married Elizabeth Chaddock on 8 May 1772 at the same church. They had nine children and Isaac worked as a collier. (According to an 1846 History, Gazetteer and Directory of Derbyshire, “Denby is noted for its coal, and considered generally not to be surpassed in the kingdom, and superior malting cokes are made.”)
That is all we know about Isaac at the moment, but the gravestone is intriguing. There are other examples of this phrase on gravestones, but I would love to know who suggested the wording! The OED has the definition: “Of or belonging to this world; earthly, terrestrial” (1592) or “Characteristic of this world and its affairs; mundane; material; temporal; ephemeral” (1814).
It also seems wonderful to me that his musicianship was recorded in this way – how would we ever have known otherwise? I would love to know more.
Ari, this shows how you are related to Isaac:
Little door at St Mary’s Church