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#29.13 Sarah E. and John E. Barteau
#29.13 Sarah E. and John E. Barteau

.. infant children of Nathan Curtis and Mary Ann Barteau, and siblings of Stephen Curtis Barteau.

Epitaph: The verse on the stone of a double grave, that of two children of Nathan C. and Mary A. Barteau, commonly appears on the graves of children.

So fond desires are often crossed
And parents hopes in death are lost.

This epitaph is one that is recorded in Epitaphs and Elegies by Samuel Wood, published in 1816, which lists it as appearing on a stone in a cemetery in New London, Connecticut. It is the stone of
John Shackmaple
Willson, Son of
Thomas and
Phoebe Willson,
died Oct. 30th, 1798,
Aged 2 Years.

That was the earliest example I came across. The verse appeared on many other head stones of children's graves.

In Guilford, Vermont, this verse again appears on a stone for a double burial of children who died at different times, an Ellena who died in 1813 in her third year and a Mary Augusta who died in 1815, aged 2 months.(http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=420&with_photo_id=16618198&order=date_desc&user=1715858)

[Richard Thomas, April 2012]

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