The design on this stone reminds me of modern cemeteries, where colorful pinwheels are a common gravesite decoration—especially at the graves of children.
R. H. & M. B.
Dec. 20, 1843:
Aged 1 yr & 23 ds.
The epitaph is the first verse of a poem by Caroline Matilda Thayer, “Reflections of an unfortunate mother over the grave of her only son.”
How are my hopes, my lambent visions fled!
How disappointment racks my grief-torn heart!
My sole delight, my darling infant’s death:
Thus end all earthly joys, thus dear connexions part.
Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio