Death of a Child

The death of a child is always tragic, an unfulfilled life reduced to a name and two dates on a stone. Sadder still, is a headstone with no details of the departed.

babies 1877

baby boy found rockport quarry
Camden Graveyard. Camden, Maine, USA

Sleeping and waiting

baby found in river

Here lyes dust of

baby girl delaware river

In May 1977, a garbage bag containing the decomposed body of an infant girl was found in the Walnut Creek arm of the Delaware River. The baby, only a few weeks old, was never identified and was buried in Oskaloosa’s Pleasant View Cemetery, where it remained mostly forgotten and without a stone marker. The grave marker for the unidentified baby girl was donated by Hutton Monuments of Topeka.

negro boy

He died at the Marion County Poor Farm/Asylum in central Kansas, USA. The asylum offered a home for the indigent, those unable to live independently, and unwed pregnant girls who lived there until they gave birth. The children were then put up for adoption.

Oak Woods Cemetery Chicago Chicago Orphan Asylum

A cholera epidemic in 1847 orphaned many children who were then billeted at the Oak Woods Cemetery Orphan Asylum in Chicago. The relentless epidemic eventually led to their deaths.

Loved and lost awhile

unusual  headstone

On 8 January 1872, the horribly mutilated body of a 16 year old girl named Angeline Moore was found. She was bound to servitude with Mrs. Thompson. Although the cause of death was never determined, Mrs. Thompson and her daughter with charged with murder.

How charming all, how much she was ador’d alive; now dead, how much’s her loss deplor’d       

peter the wild boy 1785

A boy living wild in the woods in northern Germany was discovered by a party of hunters in 1725. He had been living in the forest, eating plant life and walking on all fours. He was brought to Great Britain in 1726 where he was lived until his death. He is buried in the graveyard attached to St Mary’s Church, Northchurch, Hertfordshire

The farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why.  1979

unknown dead
Livonia Cemetery, Indiana. Source: http://malformalady.tumblr.com/post/34798191232/tombstone-siting-area-of-the-unkown-dead-resulting

Epidemics of cholera in 1832, 1848, and 1873 were the second leading cause of death in the mid 19th century. Rapid population growth and a lack of sanitary water, caused diarrhea and vomiting that lead to dehydration almost immediately and death in less than a day.

unknown skeleton

Here lies best of men whose life is at an end
The best of husbands & ye truest friend
Who rests, I hope, as I do hope to be
Happy with him to all Eternity

Willoughby cemetery

During the Christmas period of 1933, a stranger appeared in the town of Willoughby, Ohio. On December 24th, she threw herself in front of a train at the Second Street railroad crossing and was killed. With no identification on her person, her identity remained unknown until 1993 when she was discovered to be Josephine “Sophie” Klimczak, a native to Pennsylvania. In 2004, a plinth with her name was donated by Kotecki Monuments of Cleveland. The inscription reads: “In Memory of the Girl in Blue killed by train December 24, 1933. Unknown but not forgotten.

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