Are they father and son? Are they related in some other way? For now, I will leave their relationship to a descendant to confirm.
J, & E, COLFLESH,
Dec. 18, 1847,
Y’s 10 mo’s
Death has been here, and bourn away,
A brother from our side;
Just in the morning of his days,
A blooming youth he died.
The epitaph is adapted from the first verse of a hymn written by English poet Jane Taylor (b. 1783, d. 1824). This hymn was often published in Sunday school hymnals for children.
Death has been here, and borne away
A [sister]* from our side:
Just in the morning of [her]† days,
As young as we, [she]‡ died.
Not long ago [she] fill’d [her] place,
And sat with us to learn;
But [she] has run [her] mortal race,
And never can return.
Perhaps our time may be as short,
Our days may fly as fast;
O Lord, impress the solemn thought,
That this may be our last.
We cannot tell who next may fall
Beneath Thy chast’ning rod:
One must be first: oh, may we all
Prepare to meet our God.
All needful help is Thine to give;
To Thee our souls apply
For grace to teach us how to live,
And make us fit to die.
* Or, brother. † Or, his. ‡ Or, he.
By the way, Jane Taylor’s most famous work is “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
Liberty Church Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio