JOHN CLAIR MALONE
BORN OCT 10, 1890
DIED FEB 16, 1894
[This gravestone has a girl resting against a pillow carved on the front of the gravestone but the gravestone marks the grave of four-year old John Clair Malone. His name and birth and death dates appear on a scroll on the back of the memorial.]
SON OF J. W. & M. J. WILSON
BORN JAN. 27, 1899
DIED SEPT. 1, 1900
Those little hands thoult raise no more.
To meet my loving fond caress
For deaths cold blast in passing o’er
Has snatched thee from affections breasts.
[The epitaph appears on the back of the gravestone.]
INFANT DAUGHTER OF
H. & L. NIGHTER
BORN JULY 4, 1896
DIED JULY 26, 1896
[This gravestone has an epitaph on its backside but is faint.]
The most poignant and tender gravestones are those for children. Mortality rates for children were very high. In the 1850s, for example, the mortality rates for children under one year were estimated at over 200 deaths per thousand, with much higher mortality rates for children under 5.
All three of these children are buried in the St. Ambrose Church Cemetery at Seymour, Indiana. Each child was under the age of five–they ranged in age between 20 days old and four years old.
Each gravestone shows a sleeping child. It has too be more comforting to think of a young child sleeping rather than the alternative. The sentiment is tender and sad.