RIP Infant

by Gay Spencer 20. August 2012 22:12
RIP Infant

I have a long and curious connection with some of the cemeteries in the area and have already posted a picture taken in the cemetery where my parents are buried. This story starts in a conversation while walking with my sister much too early in the morning recently, and then takes a side trip to Philadelphia before getting back to the cemetery curiosity.

One morning recently as we were walking along the creek-side path, I asked my sister where the name "Furneaux Creek" came from. She didn't know. Then yesterday I happened to drive down Rosemeade Parkway and saw an old cemetery that I remember visiting while riding my bicycle as a teenager. Mind you, at that time, it was out in the country with no houses built nearby!

Here I discovered the name of the old cemtery was Furneaux Cemetery! Enough history is engraved in the largest monuments to get a good start on understanding why there is a Furneaux Creek and Furneaux Lane and even a Furneaux Elementary.

Once again, one thing leads to another.

In Philadelphia, a favorite trivia question that I liked to ask the natives (not a single one ever knew!) was, "Who was Callowhill?" as Callowhill was a street in the most ancient area of the city though we certainly don't hear of the name in history as we do Schuyler, Wayne, and Greene (all Generals serving Washington in the Revolution). No, Callowhill was the family name of William Penn's wife.

Ironically, a prominent street in Carrollton is Jackson St., and it was in the cemetery that I learned that not only was Jackson the family name of William Furneaux's wife, but there are a great many Jackson grave markers in the Furneaux cemetery.

The number of markers in the cemetery indicating the loss of a baby or young child is heart wrenching. I'm sure many young parents believed they had moved to hell itself after the death of a child, or so very sadly, the death of multiple children.

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