Saturday, 13 November 2010

Rachel and Rachel

When Rachel Francis died in March 1865 aged just 11 hours, her grieving parents James and Elizabeth buried her in Preston Cemetery. The headstone contains a striking portrait of a young girl. Curiously, the memorial records the name of another daughter, surprisingly also christened Rachel, who died in November 1873 aged three years three months. It must be the latter who is the subject of the portrait.




5 comments:

Owen said...

Ah Laurie, I do love your graveyard photos... and I keep missing them here. Am going to put a link in my list of active blogs to serve as a reminder... I kept thinking the link to Creating pictures would remind me, but I kept forgetting... old age I guess...
:-)

Laurie said...

Thanks for link, Owen. Glad you enjoy the photos.
Laurie

Holisticrocs said...

Hi Laurie,
I have also come across personalized life like carving too, they are fascinating aren't they?.
In my other blog 'Sleeping Gardens' I found an amazing one in Manor Park, please have a look and let me know what you think :-)

Margaret Pangert said...

Yes, this Rachel does look the age of a three-year-old. It makes one wonder if there were more children to come.... Were there any other headstones? The parents?

Oakland Daily Photo said...

The heart clutches at the thought of losing two children.

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