South Street Cemetery in Fitchburg, MA.
In MemoryUnnamed infants seldom receive their own gravestones. I have seen some individual stones for 4- and 5-week-old babies, but this may be the first for a child born dead. Usually, very young infants do not show up on gravestones unless their mothers also died and the two (or three) are buried together. Occasionally, they will be buried along with other siblings and a single stone will stand for all. I agree with RJO that this baby may have received a stone because her father was a minister.
of a Daughter
(of the Rev. Mr.
and Mrs. Anna
his wife,) who was
still born Augt.
Another interesting thing about this stone is the tympanum design: a sort of bedraggled-looking plant. I've noticed that very young children's gravestones (and some women's and slaves') sometimes have abstract designs such as an acanthus or a geometric shape. I'm not entirely sure what the significance of this is.