Multiple wives burial presented problems
A man had two wives buried in one grave in England; and after recording their several virtues, the Epitaph has the following whimsical termination.
Were it my choice that either of the twaine
Might be restor’d to me to enjoy again,
Which should I chuse? Well, since I know not whether,
I’ll mourn for the loss of both, but wish for neither.
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An English gentleman who had four wives decided to move them to a new burial ground. During the removal process, the remains of his four wives were somehow mixed up. Mr. Sparks tried to rectify the situation with the following inscription at their new burial site.
Here lies Jane (and probably part of Susan) Sparks.
Sacred to the memory of Maria (to say nothing of Jane and Hannah Sparks).
Stranger, pause and drop a tear.
For Susan Sparks lies buried here;
Mingled in some perplexing manner,
With Jane, Maria and portions of Hannah.