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TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Three sad tombstone inscriptions on children’s graves

The deaths of young children is always sad:

On a tombstone in Portland, Maine, over the body of a child, is this couplet:

“The little hero that lies here
Was conquered by the diarrhea.”


On the headstone of an infant three months old:

“Since I am so quickly done for,
I wonder what I was begun for.”


In Cape May cemetery is a stone erected to the memory of

“Mary Jane,
Aged 11 yrs. and 8 mos.
She was not smart, she was not fair,
But hearts with grief for her are swellin’;
And empty stands her little chair—
She died of eatin’ watermelin.”


These lines are from a Connecticut churchyard:

“Here lies two twins, all side by side,
Of the small-pox both of them died.”

Discordance: The Cottinghams Inspired by true events and the Cottingham family that resided in 17th century Somerset, Maryland, and Delaware, colonial America comes alive with pirate attacks, religious discord, and governmental disagreements in the pre-Revolutionary War days of America.

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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