Children

In the small Bethel Cemetery in rural Harrison County, Iowa, is a double tablet gravestone commemorating the graves of two children.

GEO MARQUIS

DIED NOV. 19, 1879

AGED

6 YEARS & 9

MONTHS

 

MINNIE M.

DIED

DEC. 29, 1879

AGED

5 YEARS & 15

DAYS

Children of

PETER C & AMANDA

HENDERSON

Tis hard to give them up

Yet we drink from the bitter cup in hope

That we shall meet again

Beyond this sphere of sin and pain.

In the top of the white marble marker in a double rounded inset mimicking the gravestone shape is a carved image of a boy and a girl holding hands depicting the Henderson’s children who died a little more than a month apart at the end of 1879.  The stone is a reminder of how high mortality rates were for infants and children in the 19th Century.

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2 Responses to Children

  1. gsb03632 says:

    This is wonderful! Thank you for posting it. The inscribed scrolls to the sides of the image are great, too. NB typo GED for AGED. I point this out with due humility because I do it all the time.

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