Thursday, December 30, 2010

Little Jane

 Briana, Will, and I visited Bowman's Cemetery yesterday.  It is, of course, blanketed in white.  It makes this little cemetery look even smaller.  I rarely come here during the day.  I see it mostly from a night time view point.
We came out here to check out the bridge you drive across to get here.  That is tomorrow's story.   Today I wanted to talk about Little Jane.



I am always drawn to the farthest left hand corner when I go there.  Sitting by itself is a small grave stone that belongs to a little girl named Jane.  It is hard to read, though her first name really stands out.  She may have been one of the first to be buried in Bowman's.  Not sure though.  As I was looking at her little marker, I realized there was writing on the other side of her inscribed name.
It turned out to be a poem.  A very eerie little poem that gives you a glimpse of how she died.

THE FIRST THAT DIED WAS LITTLE JANE
IN BED SHE MOANING LAY
TILL GOD RELEASED HER FROM HER PAIN
AND THEN SHE WENT AWAY

Because it says "the first to die"  does that mean others died after her of the same affliction?  It would seem she was sick in bed and experienced a lot of pain.  And then she died.  It makes me curious about her and her story.  I went to Find-a-Grave  but they don't even have Bowman's in their records.  Genealogy Pit Stop doesn't either.  G12 will be looking into how we can change that.

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