Gravestones in the 19th century sometimes had poetry, song verses, or scriptures carved in the stone to offer an eternal message to the one who had passed.
The mournful elegy of a lost child. (Adderley stone)
Ere Sin could blight or sorrow shade, Death came with friendly care. The opening bud to heaven conveyed, And bid it blossom there.
Remembrance of a young woman. (Gardner stone)
A precious one from us has gone A voice we loved is stilled; A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled. God in His wisdom has recalled, The boon his love had given, And though the body slumbers here, The soul is safe in heaven.
For a lost child. (Lano stone)
A little time on earth he spent, Till God for him his angels sent And then fair child had closed his eyes, To wake to glory in the skies.
A family's prayer for a lost mother. (McCue stone)
Dear Spirit of my departed wife, now fled from its earthly home, will be the ambition of my life to ** thee near the throne. Mother thy orphans prayers shall ever ascend to heaven in love for thee. Sweet whispers aught us in other days **** hearts wilt consoling be.
A verse for a lost wife. (Adderley stone)
There's nothing in these painted skies, Or on this earthly clod, Nothing, my soul, that's worth thy joys, Or lovely as thy God.
Remembrance of a young husband. (Charlton stone)
We have to mourn the loss of those, We did our best to save. Beloved on earth, regreted, gone. Remembered in the grave.
The tragic poem for three children lost to the Kain family in February of 1880.
These budding flowers To us were given. They blossom now, With God in Heaven.
Elegy for a son and brother lost in his youth. (Gardner stone)
Death has been here and borne away A brother from our side. Just in the morning of his day In youth and love he died.
For an infant daughter. (Lano stone)
She like the rose Bloomed a few days. But now lies silent in the grave. She will not return to us. But we may go to her.