Robert Mason is my 2x Great Grandfather. He died in 1890 from Phthisis, or T.B. I am descended through one of his daughters whom when she died left with her things a note which is assumed to be her fathers either, last words or more likely, headstone text.
I have emailed Holy Cross Binstead a while ago. But never received a reply. I'll try again after this post.
Here is a transcription of the two sided note and two accompanying scans below:
"In loving memory of my dearest father, Robert Mason. Who departed this life 30th July 1890, age 32.
Fare well dear wife and children. God would not let me linger here. In dreadful pain this world to roam, so join me in a happier home.
I heard the voice of Jesus say, come unto me & rest. Lay down thou weary one, lay down thy head upon my brest.
Thy will be done.
Buried at Binstead Church, Ryde, Isle of Wight."
How can I figure out what this note is and obtain a photo of his headstone if it exists?