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They Fell Asleep

I discovered this cross and markers in the older section of the New Cemetery, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. It is surrounded by hewn stone with engraved names and dates of members of the Mushet family. As the markers are relatively new they must represent broken or damaged headstones which have been removed.

The patriarch was William born in 1821. He married Robina Macfarlane who was born on August 28 1835.

William Mushet
Fell Asleep
April 1879
Robina Macfarlane
His Wife
Fell Asleep April 1911
Aged 77

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George Fred
Rests In India
Aged 22
June 29th 1878

They celebrated the births of 9 children.

  1. George Frederick was born on 1 May 1856 and christened on 25 May 1856. He died on 29 June1878, and is buried in Bombay (Mumbai)
  2. John Macfarlane was born 15 November 1857
  3. Janet Gray was born in 1858 and baptised on 16 January 1859
  4. William was born in 1861 and christened on 1 June
  5. Louisa Cecilia Mushet was born in 1863 and christened on 3 May
  6. Elizabeth Jane was born in 1864 and christened 13 December. Her stone is not visible in the images
  7. William Ernest. A second son born in 1871 was also named William. Given names followed a traditional naming pattern in Scotland by honouring members of the family. On occasion the same name was given to more than one child, if the first child had died, in order to perpetuate the name within the family. William Ernest was christened on 3 September.
  8. David Henry Cadell was born 25 April 1874-1881 and christened on 5 July
  9. Gerald was christened on11 February 1876. He died in 1906. His stone is not visible in the images

Thou Who Art The Hearer Of Prayer
All Flesh Shall Come Unto Thee
For Thine Is The Kingdom, The Power
And The Glory For Ever. Amen

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Willie Fell Asleep
Aged 3 ¼ Years
Dec 1864

David Henry Cadell
Fell Asleep
1871

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Janet Gray Mushet
Wife Of
John Morison
Of Newbattle
Fell Asleep 1939

Louisa Cecilia Mushet
Wife Of Rutherford Morison
Fell Asleep February 1904

Thanks Be To God Which Giveth Us The Victory
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ

Often you will find headstones that commemorate entire families like this one in St. Nicholas Churchyard, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. It belongs to the Buchan family who lived in the village of Easthouses. The patriarch was James Buchan, a farmer, who died in 1843. His son died in 1841,and his daughter died in 1847 just 5 days before his wife. The stone also mentions the death of seven infant children and two adult sons. A possible nephew, James Buchan Dobie and his wife and two sons are also mentioned on the stone.

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My dere: children:
Think on God; And His Commandments:
An he will Think on yo:
Observ your youth: dont lose no time.
Least God should take you in your prime:
Serve God above: And on this world fix not your lov.

Also in this churchyard is a stone dedicated to the Hogg family. John Hogg departed this life in 1798. He rests with 7 of his children ‘three sons and four daughters who all died in childhood’.
Mrs. Jean Fraser, wife of William Hogg, died in 1841 and was ‘deeply lamented by her family, who felt for her the sincerest affection.’ She is interred with two sons who died in childhood, her husband and an adult son who died at age 63 and is remembered as ‘a dutiful son and affection brother. His loss is deeply lamented by his sorrowing sisters also their eldest daughter’ who died 4 years later.

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In Copps Hill Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts is the gravestone of Erasmus and Persis Stevens. Erasmus was the ‘issue’ of Erasmus and Elizabeth who died in 1670. Erasmus Jr. died in 1750 at age 64.

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A flat stone in Milton Evergreen Cemetery, Ontario, Canada remembers the Clements family. The names of John Clements, his wife Jane Barr and their son John are inscribed on the stone. His brothers, Joseph and Samuel who were born in Tyrone, Ireland, emigrated to Canada in 1823 where they sleep in eternal peace.

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Fillial affection stronger than the grave
from time’s obliterating hand to save
Erects this humble monument of stones
Over a father and mother’s bones.
Far from their native land here mouldering lie
As one in life, now in one cemetery
In heaven their children hope that bless’d abode
To meet their spirits with a risen God.

Did you notice that none of the gravestones are marked with Memento Mori?