Samuel R. Benton (b. 1810, d. 1826) died at 16 years of age, no longer a boy but perhaps not quite a man. He is buried near his brother and sister in Cheshire Cemetery.
Samuel & Minerva
died Dec 27 1826,
aged 16 years, 9 mo.
and 15 days
When blooming youth is snatch’d away
By death’s resistless hand
Our hearts the mournful tribute pay
Which pity must demand.
The epitaph is from the poem Death and Burial of a Young Person by Anne Steele (b. 1716, d. 1778), an English poet, Baptist preacher, and hymn writer. Sometimes the first line is changed to “When those we love are snatched away” or “When youth or age is snatched away.”
Note what looks like mower damage on the marker.