Showing posts with label McCarty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label McCarty. Show all posts

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Epitaph: To Heaven a cherub born

There are a handful of zinc monuments in Somerset Cemetery. The zinc marker at the grave of Katie L. McCarty (d. 1882) stands out for its statue of a praying child, but the sweet epitaph deserves attention as well.

 

KATIE
L.
McCARTY,
daughter of
F. E. & S. F. McCARTY
died aug. 26, 1882
13YRS, 4MOS, 19DYS.

SLEEP ON MY SWEET ONE!
SLEEP! SO EARLY GONE;
TO EARTH A CHILD IS LOST,
TO HEAVEN A CHERUB BORN.


The epitaph is taken from the final verse of a poem by J. H. Warland, “The Mother to Her Child.” I found it published in The Mourner’s Chaplet, a collection of American poems published in 1844. Here is the final verse in full:

Hark! Thy last breath and sighs
   Upon thy mother’s bosom! thou dost but sleep
And shall awake again in Paradise.
   Then who, oh! who would weep?
Sleep on, my sweet one! Sleep! So early gone;
   To earth a child is lost—to Heaven a cherub born!


Somerset Cemetery, Perry County, Ohio

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wednesday’s child: Charley McCarty

For years Williamsville Cemetery was hidden from view, its gravel access drive off a busy four-lane road difficult to locate. The only visitors were family, die-hard gravers, and vandals.

Now that the area is being developed, the small cemetery faces a newly built side road and welcomes all visitors. The day I visited, a heavy equipment operator leaned against his equipment trailer just outside the cemetery fence, enjoying the shade as he ate his lunch.

The small marker for Charley McCarty sits on the west end of the cemetery, with family nearby. On top of his marker is a small stone bird’s nest with three tiny carved eggs inside.

CHARLEY
son of
G.W. & L.
McCARTY
DIED
JUNE 1, 1876
AGED
1YR. 1M. 9DS.

Was Charles his given name? Call him Charley. The family did.

Williamsville Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio
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