Thursday, May 23, 2013

"OUR DARLING" COFFIN PLATE

G12P has done many haunted and historical tours of Spring Grove Cemetery.  It is an old Paupers Cemetery and despite its small size, has over 8000 people buried in it.  To have that many in such a small place, they have to be stacking people one on top of another.  Because it was a paupers cemetery, many people buried here do not have head stones.  Sadly, most of those are children.  As I was walking in the older section about two years ago, I noticed a new grave had been put into this area.  Fresh dirt was laying about and in that fresh dirt was pieced of metal and wood.  When I picked them up, I realized they were parts of a coffin.  One of the pieces of metal, which is above, is what is called a coffin plate.  The grave was for a child (no surprise there) and it was unmarked.  Because no records were kept properly for Spring Grove (long story), it does not surprise me that things like this happen. 
Now to the mystery of this little coffin plate.  As I have researched this, I can not find much information about it.  It was meant as a keepsake, being displayed with the child during the funeral, and then removed by the family to keep with them as a remembrance.  I have to wonder why no one kept this coffin plate.  It was buried with the child. It is very ornate with intricate etchings.  Often, depending on how much money the parents had, a name would be put on the plate.  Well, it was a paupers cemetery, so no name.  Still, I find myself wondering who this little one was.  Spring Grove Cemetery guards her secrets well, so I think I am in for a long haul to discover who was buried there.  I am starting with this little coffin plate.  If you have any information about it, please email me at ghosting12@yahoo.com or leave a comment. 

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