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Twins J and C - 38 days

this seems to be a tomstone for twins. It reads:


Twins (?) J. and C. Shoffner, Sept 26 1824-Nov 4, 1824


1 month + 8 days


One of the many infant children's tombstones in Low's Lutheran Church's old graveyard. On my first visit, run short by a thunderstrom, I had noticed a very high per centage of graves for infants and young children. Each child's stone is also much smaller than the adults in the family. Some are only about 8-10 inches high. Some have broken, fallen and seem simply tossed aside, forgotten.


I find this very sad and eerie, and I wonder why so many kids died so young between 1820 and around 1885. Sad and eerie though it be, it draws me back each time I pass close on my way to Contra Dances.


Low's Lutheran Church and its field stone walled cemetary lies beside NC61S (just before its intersection with NC62S). An interesting new brick building with sharp angular lines is present structure, but the cemetery has a marker telling of the church being there a much older building was from 1770-1841.

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Taken on June 19, 2007