Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tomlinson's Corners Cemetery - Post 3 - The Parks




At first I just take pictures and transcribe on paper what I cannot read. This family has brought me to a lot of thought in the last week since visiting these graves. People die, it is a fact of life and we don't always want to accept it. In this day in age we have choices to alter how life affects us.


The family of John Park. By a couple of the stones he may have had a wife named Experiance before there was Esther. Too, I see some spaces so wonder if there are missing stones.  I don't remember seeing a stone for Experiance and I did take pictures of every stone there.  Going by the dates of when these children might have been born, it was before the War of 1812 so I am guessing it could be Experiance was a first wife unless there was another John Park. At first I didn't notice or see but then half way down this line of stones that I was taking pictures of it dawned on me that they were all similar in style though sizes varied and this made me stop and read. Then I saw that they were a row of children. Every child died so young and how sad this is. In this day in age if we have problems carrying a child or children, we have the choice not to conceive anymore but how did a family back in this day process this kind of loss? I will not touch on religion in my posts. I am not versed on religion and have no opinion. Everyone believes what they believe. I am coming from the emotional side. How did a young mother feel back then when she was in her fourth or fifth pregnancy and not one child had survived? Was there still joy in the coming birth and God's will was what supported them. (I think I just brought religion into my thinking… ) Or was she apprehensive, afraid to get attached to the child she carried, expecting more loss? I am a tender emotional sort of person and it did touch my heart to see so much loss in one family. John and Mary lived to ripe old ages given the time and I hope that within all the loss they suffered that they did have moments of great joy and happiness.


 John Park
Captain
Died Feb 26, 1861
Age 84 Yrs
War of 1812




Esther
wife of
Capt John Park
Died Feb 15, 1855
Age 69 years


 Esther
daughter of
John & Esther
Park, died
June 8, 1836
aged 8 yrs & 13 ds
 
 Twin
daughter of
John & Esther
Park, died
Nov 2, 1821

 
Infant
daughter of
John & Esther
Park, died
March 11,
1823

 
Samuel
Son of
John & Mary
Park, died
July 2, 1819
aged 11 mo's

 
 S.P.

 
 Abner M
son of John & Mary
Park, died
July 4, 1819
in his 4th year.

 
 Polly S.
daughter of
John &
Experiance
Park, died
June 12, 1810
aged 3 years, 7 mos
& 16 ds

 
 P.B.

 
C.P.

 
Polly.
daughter of
John &
Experiance
Park, died
Dec 2, 1805

 
 M.M.P.

 
Charlotte,
daughter of
John & Experiance
Park, died
Aug 20, 1815
in her 13th year.























































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