Last time I visited Ashland Cemetery, I came across this headstone. See if you are struck by the same thing I was:
Yes, from this it looks as if her first name is irrelevant and it’s enough that she was the wife of W.E., but here’s the front of the same headstone:
From that, at least we know her name was Jessie, and she was “A True & Loving W.”
But, back to the other side of the headstone. When I saw it, I read:
Wife of W.E.
Jan. 4, 1889
Mar. 25, 1893
At first I thought, “Hmm, so Jessie was 4 years old when she died, but during that short time she found the time to get married. I wonder if she also bore children of her own?”
Then I thought, “Maybe the dates are the years of her marriage.”
But then I looked more closely at the year of the first date:
So, what I first took to be an ‘8’ is really a ‘6’ and the date actually reads Jan. 4, 1869.
Duh. Observant much? I’m guessing you read the correct date the first time so the question I have for you is this:
Does my mistake show:
- a trick of the eye thanks to the slight indentation on the left side of the 6 and the discoloration of the stone?
- encroaching senility?
- that I need new glasses?