Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday's Child: Pearl's Children

Wednesday’s Child is one of the daily blogging prompts at Geneabloggers that features gravestones of children. 

Pearl Sullivan Strole, Maxine Strole, Grayson Strole in Shenandoah, Virginia
About 1918

I love this photo of Pearl Sullivan Strole (first cousin three times removed) with her children Maxine and baby Grayson.  Pearl’s sweet and contented expression is matched only by the way Maxine’s little head rests against her mother and her hand holds on at her neck. 

But someone is absent.  It’s little Burnell, Pearl and Clyde’s first baby girl who lived only two years.  She is buried in Coverstone Cemetery, Shenandoah, Virginia, along with the other Stroles. 

Baby Grayson was not long for this world either.  He died at age 19.

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  1. It is a beautiful photo. Just too bad there wasn't a happy ending.

  2. This is such a sweet photo! It's so sad about Burnell and Grayson though. Do you know the reasons for their deaths and if Pearl had other children?

    1. Hi Jana, No, I don't know the cause of the children's deaths. But yes, Pearl had two more children. Sheldon was born in 1920 and Pauline in 1923. In fact, I posted a picture of Maxine and Pauline during the April A to Z challenge:

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    1. Hello Jim, Thanks for visiting and commenting today. I have several photos of unidentified babies and children, so it's possible I do have a photo of Burnell, but I don't know it.

  4. Such a sweet photo. You have done a great job on finding all kinds of information about our family.

  5. The photo is lovely. Too many families had those stories of children who did not grow to adulthood. I'm sure Burnell was always in her mother's heart.

  6. Such A Loving Photograph.You Can See In it That The Children were Well Loved And Close.

  7. This is such an adorable photo. It is always so sad when children die.