Thursday, May 20, 2010

Two little angels . . .

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by Terry Thornton

The two angels above were photographed recently in Fulton Cemetery, Fulton, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The image was intriguing and I made a close-up photograph of the marker.

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Look at the marker. At first glance it appears to mark the death of one child and I inventoried the marker as a single-name-stone for the burial of Powel Clayton, 1861 - 1862. But the two angels chiseled upon the stone made me wonder. So I took a second look at the stone and saw beneath the word "Also" a notice of the death of an unnamed daughter for which no dates were provided.

Here is an image the bottom of the stone enlarged (and enhanced by changing contrast). Note the inscription

Unnamed Dau. of same
Two little angels who beckon
us to Heaven

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The two angels on the top of the stone, one obviously a larger child, a boy, and the other smaller and female, were most appropriate images for Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Clayton to have engraved upon the marker in the early 1860s for their two children.


Photograph of the burial marker for the children of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Clayton. Fulton Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. Terry Thornton. May 13, 2010.

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