Francis Burton, born in 1881 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, thrice removed and son of Thomas Burton and Sarah Milsom.
In 1906, in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, Francis married Sarah Ann Hudson Sturman. Together, Francis and Sarah issued four children, who were called, Francis (1906 to 1970), Leonard Ernest (1908 to 1994), Edith (1911 to 2002) and Elizabeth (1915 to 2002).
I found Francis and Sarah’s grave in 2005 in Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham. It had been well cared for (presumably by their daughters until their deaths) but is now quite rapidly, and literally, falling apart.
THE ADVERTISER, SAT., FEB. 24th, 1951
BURTON. – On Sunday, February 18th, 1951, Francis (Skater) Burton, beloved husband of Sarah Ann, of 63, Wellgate, passed away, aged 69 years. Interred, Moorgate Cemetery, Wednesday, February 21st.
Rest after weariness.
Mrs. S. A. Burton and family thank Dr. J. C. Hallinan for his kind attention, staff of Moorgate General Hospital, relatives and friends for sympathy and floral tributes; and grateful thanks to Annie and Percy for their wonderful help at all times; also thanks to Rev. Worthington and Mr. T. Thackery for excellent funeral arrangements.
MR. F. BURTON
The death occurred last Sunday of Mr. Francis (“Skater”) Burton, of 63, Wellgate, Rotherham. He was 69.
A native of Rotherham, Mr. Burton was employed as a miner for about 30 years at the Rotherham Main Colliery, and then at the Rotherham Gas Works for about 13 years.
THE ADVERTISER, SAT., MAY 22nd, 1954
BURTON. – At Moorgate General Hospital, Sarah Ann, dearly loved wife of the late Francis and a loving mother and grandma, and sister of Laura, passes peacefully away May 19th, aged 75 years. Interment Moorgate, 2 p.m., Saturday.