Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday's Child: Charles D. Forrester (1918) and Margaret Ellen Conner (1873)

"Wednesday's Child is full of woe." ~ old fortune telling song

Evening Star (Washington, DC) – February 15, 1918

Burned Child Dies Aboard Train. – Charles E. Forrester, four years old, Nokesville, Va., died aboard a train yesterday afternoon while being brought to this city for hospital treatment for burns he received early yesterday morning. He was accompanied by his mother, Mrs. Ada Forrester, and Dr Robert E. Wine. The child's clothing caught fire from the kitchen stove. Coroner Nevitt gave a certificate of accidental death and the body was taken to Nokesville.

Evening Star (Washington, DC) - February 15, 1918

Alexandria Gazette – November 15, 1873

DIED. On the 6th instant, in Occoquan, Val., Margaret Ellen, daughter of Margaret and Edward Conner, aged 4 years, 9 months and 27 days. May she rest in peace.

One sweet flower has drooped and faded,
One sweet infant voice has fled;
One fair brow the grave has shaded,
One dear object now is dead.

But we feel relief in sadness,
For our child is happy now;
She has knelt in soul felt gladness,
Where the blessed angels bow.

She is now where harps are ringing
Through the heavenly courts above;
And her silvery voice is singing
With glad spirits hyms [sic] of love.

She has gone to Heaven before us,
But she turns and waves her hand,
Pointing to the glories o'er us,

In that happy, happy land.

Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA) - November 15, 1873

[Wednesday's Child is a daily blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers to post the gravestones of children.  I'll be interpreting the prompt to also include the obituaries and/or death records of those who have passed away entirely too young.  ~cgl] 

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