Thursday, January 5, 2012


The tombstone reads:

Benjamin    1852-1876
Sarah           1854-1876
Rufus          1856-1876
Ella              1857-1876
Children of J. and H. Jenkyn

I found this tombstone at a very small church cemetery not far from my home. Not surprisingly, it made quite an impression on me. It reminds me that no matter how difficult I “think” my life might be some days, it has never come remotely close to this. For that I am very thankful.

I consulted to see if I could learn anything about this family. I found that the parent's first names were John (b. 1805) and Hannah (b.1817) and they were both born in England. I was happy to find that they were the parents of six children all born in America. Kate was the oldest, born in 1849, and John their second child was born in 1850. Both Kate and John married and had children, so their parents were not alone.

Why did John and Hannah's youngest four children die (and likely at the same time?) I wish I knew, but the online sites do not contain any information about the cause. I hope to visit the local museum this summer (it is closed in the winter) to see if they have any information about this extremely sad event.

Let us all count our blessings. I'm sure we have many...


Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

There is a cemetary a short walk from our house. In the 'old side' there are three little sisters who were buried in the same year only a handful of months apart. They were buried before the Civil War.

The parents are not buried near them. Our little village used to be a popular stagecoach town. I wonder if the parents couldn't take the grief and just moved away. Hope I can find the answers someday.

Laurie Aaron Hird said...

Dear Mary,
In our "modern" era, I think most people often take for granted that children will grow safely to adulthood. Not so in times past when there were many more dangers, and medical care was not so advanced. But still, I think that they had an advantage over us, with a greater dependence and trust in the Lord instead of man...
Because I wanted to research the Pony Club children (I post the results on The Pony Club yahoogroup every Monday) I purchased a subscription to If you send or post the children's names, I will see what I can find. How sad...
Thanks, again for writing, Mary.