Some old epitaphs reflect the hard life of women and childbirth in olden days
70 years a maiden
1 year a wife
2 months a mother
And that took her life
Erected to Emma A., daughter of Abram Cox, and wife of Theodore Schallehn, who married against her father’s will. On her death, Abram Cox inscribed upon her tombstone.
She died leaving five children,
She married too young against her father’s will:
Single women, take warning!
Abram’s inscription caused family difficulty because the late husband thought it reflected badly on him so he took away the stone and had inscribed:
She died leaving 5 lovely children
To mourn her untimely loss.