Mother and Infant

Old Settler's Cemetery, Charlotte, North Carolina

Old Settler’s Cemetery, Charlotte, North Carolina

HARRIET JOSEPHINE

DAUGHTER OF JAMES & M.A. ABLAKE

WIFE OF J.S.M. DAVIDSON

BORN DECEMBER 19TH 1836 MARRIED

OCT. 23RD 1856 & DIED OCT. 22ND 1861

YEA THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW

OF DEATH I FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART WITH ME

CLARA BLAKE

INFANT DAUGHTER OF

J.SM. & JOSEPHONE DAVIDSON

AGED 3 MONTHS

In the Old Settlers Cemetery at Charlotte, North Carolina, stands a white marble gravestone. The ornamented monument is topped with a plain finial. On the face of the stone is a scene of an angel hovering above a fainting couch with a reclining woman figure cuddling a baby. Though the soft stone has eroded the symbolism is clear; the angel is clearly reaching downward to grasp the woman’s hand to take her soul and that of her infant’s to Heaven.

The gravestone does not give a hint as to the birth and death date of the infant, Clara, but it may have been very close to the death of her mother, Harriet Josephine, if the stone tableau is a recreation of the inscription.

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