Mother’s Day Homage: The Wilcox Family Gravestones

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 Base of Gravestone of Susan Wilcox (1834-1918), “Mother”

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The sorrows of motherhood and the difficulty of raising children to adulthood more than a century ago were poignantly brought to mind by a grouping of gravestones I came across last Fall in the cemetery of the old Pembroke Chapel (originally Methodist and later a United Church) of Pembroke, Nova Scotia.

Situated immediately to the left of the gravestones for Susan Wilcox (1834-1918) — prominently marked “Mother” — and her husband, Nathan (1827 -1899), are markers for five of their children, each of whom predeceased their parents:  Cyrus Wilcox, who it’s noted “Drowned At Sea”, aged 27 years, 1887;  Norman F., aged 2 yrs. 7 mos., 1861; Annie E., aged 13 mos., 1871; Frederick W., aged 1 yr., 1873; and Cora M., aged 1 day, 1877.

A search of old genealogical records here

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