Day 32

The tale of two Carolines

April 27th, 2010

A heartbreaking story I'm sure


  1. tia says:

    unique headstones…were they all like these or did these markers replace older, illegible ones?

  2. Emily Aronson says:

    What are these made of?

  3. tim howard says:

    must be distant family

  4. Caroline says:

    Clearly, the Howard family has excellent taste in names.

  5. Jonathan says:

    I didn’t realize there was that large of a plastic gravestone industry in the mid-19th century.

  6. Tesla Russell says:

    So, they named the second girl Caroline too and she also passed away? Wow. What a jinx.

    • Glenn B. says:

      Common practice in those times. Without birth control big families were normal, and to name a child after a deceased child acceptable.

      It was also common practice for the mother/wife to die well before 40, usually in childbirth. The father would typically remarry, sometimes from the same family as his deceased wife, and then have even more children.

  7. Cassandra says:

    Very sad……

  8. Candice says:

    Oh I see now – actual headstones – Never seen any like these before.

  9. Barb V says:

    Now I feel bad about my comment on the previous picture. Where’s that delete button?

  10. JRP says:

    I felt compelled to find a little more information on these two girls, and I was successful: The “two Carolines” are 2 of 10 children of Stillman Howard (April 5, 1804 [Massachusetts] – Feb. 16, 1866 [Grafton, OH]) and Charlotte Sally Smith (July 31, 1808 [Canada] – Feb. 11, 1866 [Grafton, OH]) — yes, her parents died within 5 days of each other. Stillman was a farmer.

    The Caroline on the right was born in March 1845, and after being sick for 2 days, she died from ‘congestion’ in July 1850.

    • Austin Emerson Lucas says:

      I have a book of the letters of a Civil War Soldier, and he ended up dying with Diarrhea, so I’m guessing that sanitation and basic drinking water wasn’t quite among the biggest commodities in those times.

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