Monday, June 18, 2012

Broken bud

A small, white obelisk carved with a broken rosebud marks the grave of Sarah E. Day (d. 1879) in Houck Cemetery.

The broken bud, often found on gravestones of children or young adults, is a symbol for a premature or untimely death. Is it not the perfect symbol of a life that has ended before it has bloomed?

JAN. 23, 1879
31 Y. 6 M.

Sarah’s parents, Presley and Celinda Day, are buried nearby. Their FindAGrave memorial pages show their dates of death:

Presley Day (d. 1870)
Celinda Day (d. 1855)

Census records after 1855 imply that Presley, a farmer, remarried after Celinda’s death. In 1870, just months before her father’s death, Sarah was living with Presley and Pheby (Phoebe), who may have been her stepmother.

Sarah herself apparently never married.

Houck Cemetery, Knox County, Ohio

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