J & E. YARDLEY
July 5, 1849
5Y, 2M, & 8 D.
A sister reposes underneath this sod
A sister to memory dear and dear
Rejoice yet shed the sympathetic tear,
My little sister lies buried here.
Many funerary motifs represent children–shoes, seedpods, cribs, cherubs–but one of the most common is the hanging bud. The broken bud represents the flower that did not bloom into full blossom, the life that was cut short before it had a chance to grow to adulthood.
The rounded-top white marble tablet gravestone of five-year old Naomi Yardley in the Somerford Township Cemetery, displays the bud hanging from a sprig with three leaves.
On this gravestone, the hanging bud is completely detached and laying underneath the twig. The broken bud represents Naomi’s short life of only five years. The leaves here represent the Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Perhaps, though, the most poignant aspect of this gravestone is the tender epitaph from one sister to another.