Gone to Rest

There was a notice in the December 10, 1897 issue of the Roanoke Beacon that stated Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Read’s ten-month old daughter had died. I could not read her name.

“Yesterday, at a.am, the death angel invaded the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Read and wafted away the spirit of Miss , their ten-month-old daughter. The little babe, so bright, so sweet, so pretty, has gone to rest with the angels in heaven. May the fond parents arrive to meet their loved one again in that better land, To them we offer heartfelt sympathies.”

However, a quick check of the book, Washington County North Carolina Cemeteries, 1769-1997: Volume 1: Plymouth Township, revealed her identity. Her name was Claudia. She is buried in the Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery. Apparently, there is a baby bonnet on her grave marker.

And, in the issue the following week (December 17, 1897), this notice appeared.

“On the morning of Dec., 9th, 1897, at Plymouth in Washington county, the good Lord who doeth all things well, sent an angel bearing the sickle of death, and tenderly removed from the fond embrace of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. READ, their little Claudia, age ten months, and it did seem the sweetest, lovliest, most beautiful bud that could have been picked from among all flowers. Fond parents and friends wept bitter burning tears over the death cold body that the angel of death had sent down, but the angels of love had borne the soul of this beautiful child to heaven, its future abode, and the dwelling place of the Father who gave it the breath of life and took it away, who loved it, who wanted it, because ’twas simply loaned to parents for a short while. The feeling of depression, of loneliness, the missing link the , the prattle and which made home a joy no one can realize, sympathize, save those who have passed through the same ordeal, and it seems intolerable; yet my dear brother, sister, look upward, forward, be hopeful, joyful, , faithful to the end, and you will again see that precious jewel. May God help, sustain and comfort you. — A Friend.

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