Featured Gravestone – Mary Eliza Francis

DSC02727Section:  St. Peter’s Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Small stone with typical darkening of surface.  Inscription is legible, including lower portion.  Some minor wear around edges and some chipping near the beginning of the epitaph.

Inscription:  In memory of Mary Eliza daughter of Joseph & Eliza Francis who died February 8th, 1842 aged 6 weeks.  Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

A very graceful little stone, it features a draped urn in the tympanum and fan-shaped decorations in the upper corners of the tablet.  Burial records show an Eliza Francis (died 1884) buried in the Jackson Grounds* on the North Ridge of the Cemetery.  At this point, it is not possible to say if this is the same Eliza named on the stone, but she would have been around thirty at the time of little Mary Eliza’s death.  There is no record of Joseph Francis’ burial here.

*The Jackson Grounds refers to a large lot in Section 99.  The will of a woman named Ellen Jackson provided for the purchase of the lot for the interment of African-Americans who could not afford burial plots otherwise.



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