A Tender Thought

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BETSY.

Wife of

Tho. J. LEWARK

DIED

Sept. 2, 1850

Aged 40 Y’rs 11 mos.

& 10 Days.

 

THOMAS J. NEWARK

Died

Dec. 19, 1862

Aged

55 Years & 29 Days

 

My friends forbeare to mourn and weep

While in this grave I sweetly sleep

A toilsome world I leave behind

A better world in hope to find.

 

Two gravestones in the landscaped East Hill Cemetery at Rushville, Indiana, commemorate the graves of a husband and a wife—Betsy and Thomas Lewark. The wife’s gravestone leans to the left. It almost looks as if her gravestone is nestled next to his much like a wife might lean her head on her husband’s shoulder.

JAMES M. &

GEORGE W.

LEWARK

Sons of

Thomas J. & Betsy

LEWARK

Died Sept. 16,

1850

Aged 2 Weeks

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Next to the gravestones of Thomas and Betsy Lewark is the square-top gray marble gravestone of their twin infant sons, who died exactly a fortnight after their mother died. Though Betsy’s gravestone doesn’t say what she died of, it was most likely complications of childbirth. The risks to mothers was high in the 19th Century; every pregnancy was a potential death sentence. It is also a reminder that the infant mortality rates were quite high. In the 1850s, 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.

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One Response to A Tender Thought

  1. Sarah McKinzie says:

    Ahh, very sweet!

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