Robert Dean was the brother of my 2nd great-grandfather, John Dean.
Robert's father-in-law owned a farm that was adjacent to John's in North Hatley, Quebec which Robert eventually purchased. Robert, his wife Elizabeth Fish, and their young adult daughters are buried in the same cemetery as John and his wife and mother-in-law and I photographed their headstones when I was there in September.
One thing I noticed as I photographed these headstones, aside from their unfortunate condition, is that each one had an epitaph.
Robert's says, "Because I live, ye shall live also. John XIV, 19."
Elizabeth's reads, "For her to live for Christ to die was gain."
Alice Maude, Robert and Elizabeth's daughter, died at age 18 in 1895. Her epitaph reads, "God knows the way He holds the key He guides us with unerring hand. Somewhere with tearless eyes we'll see and there, up there, we'll understand."
Bernice Elizabeth died at age 20 just seven years later. Her epitaph was the most difficult to read, I believe it says, "God gave He took He will restore. He doeth all things well."
This plot tells such a sad story, but it is nice that they are all together here and these epitaphs, which I haven't seen on a lot of my family's stones, are one more thing that links them together.
Robert and Elizabeth had a son, Noble Elliot, who lived to age 54 and another daughter, Mary Louise, who lived to 94.
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