...Ann, aged 7 months

By mrswoolybill
Continuing a little series from the graveyard at Tynemouth Priory, perched on a headland overlooking the North Sea.
The burial place of William & Margaret Thompson of North Shields.
Robert son of the above aged 17 months... Ann daughter of the above aged 7 months...

So much sadness in a few cold words.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Graveyard Cemetery Black and white Tynemouth Tynemouth priory Landscape and travel

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Comments


bluesandtwos 10 432 1 England
6 Aug 2020 8:21AM
They are not names alone carved in the stone, but people, the sons and daughters of people just like you and I, and their loss would have been felt with the same degree of sadness.


Great picture.

Dave
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
6 Aug 2020 8:35AM
My wife has just been researching her Irish ancestry and her Great Grandmother had 9 children, only 5 survived... excellent presentation 😁
Robert51 11 7 107 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2020 8:43AM
Great picture and a very strong b&w.

I like reading headstones but have to stop when it comes to the kids...
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
6 Aug 2020 8:54AM
A wonderful capture
pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
6 Aug 2020 9:07AM
a superb series...
kaybee 16 7.4k 26 Scotland
6 Aug 2020 9:13AM
It is always so sad to see such young names.
viscostatic 14 47 8 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2020 9:28AM
A beautiful composition but so full of sadness.

Phil.
6 Aug 2020 9:28AM
When God calls our children
to dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometimes question
the wisdom of His love.

Author unknown
6 Aug 2020 9:37AM
Very well taken and worked, Moira.
I guess there will be another one along toom-orrow.

JohnSmile
bluesandtwos 10 432 1 England
6 Aug 2020 9:59AM

Quote:I like reading headstones but have to stop when it comes to the kids...


Me too. Sad
chase Plus
15 1.8k 454 England
6 Aug 2020 10:52AM
Always makes me sad when I see such young names, life taken from them before it began.
6 Aug 2020 10:54AM
Does it say how old Mum and Dad were when they dropped off the perch?
Did they survive their children by many years, I wonder?
saltireblue Plus
10 11.1k 68 Norway
6 Aug 2020 11:45AM
I often wonder the fate of the buried when their dates show they died before one would expect.
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
6 Aug 2020 12:40PM
Very well documented Moira
Ian
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2020 12:47PM
Thanks everyone and thanks Ollie for the UA.
The parents' dates of death are not recorded, which is unusual. It is possible that a family tombstone was prepared long in advance of their deaths, when they started to lose their children. I do remember that at least one other child, a son called Joseph, is included.
Graveyards give glimpses of family histories, and a reminder of how bad infant mortality was until relatively recently.
mac Plus
19 8 Scotland
6 Aug 2020 2:33PM
My oldest family member I found was born in 1657 and had 3 wives and 14 children and died in 1741 aged 84 years. He had quite an ornate monument with these words engraved on it: -
Age and decay of nature wore him of this stage;
He laid down into a good old age,
To rest and sleep, till the last trumpet sound,
And then to rise and with his soul be joynd - (joined?)
To live with Christ his praises for to sing,
That overcame the grave, and took away Deaths sting.

He was my grandfather many times removed!!!
Ian
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
6 Aug 2020 3:50PM
So sad to see when children have died so young without enjoying any life 😧 A fine capture though Moira 👍
Trev 😀
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2020 4:27PM
Excellent mono and content...
Isabel GrinGrin
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
6 Aug 2020 6:09PM
Infant and child mortality rates were much higher then. Over 12% of all children born
would die in their first year. It's very sad to see the gravestones but it shows that they
were loved and cared for during their short lives. Many more were not as fortunate.
Excellent image Moira.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2020 6:24PM

Quote:It's very sad to see the gravestones but it shows that they were loved and cared for during their short lives.

I think that's an important point. There's sometimes an assumption that when so many children died young, parents somehow avoided emotional attachment and so were less distraught at the deaths. I don't think profound grief is something new though.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2020 9:21PM
My thanks to Dave for his GEA, a very nice way to end the day!
8 Aug 2020 12:58PM
Just 10 months between the births of two children... hard to imagine the effect on the mother.
David

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