Monday, June 19, 2017

Little Willie French, "A Jewel in Heaven"

"Little Willie" was the son of James and Maria M. French. He died on July l7, 1866 at the age of 9 months and 15 days. There is an inscription at the base of the tombstone of Willie French. While I was unable to decipher the first line, the second line of the inscription reads: "the jewels in Heaven." This may be an allusion to the poem entitled "An Infant's Epitaph," by Rev. S.F. Smith which concludes with:

And the lost ones of earth be thy jewels in heaven.

Willie French would have been a brother to the prominent Sandusky businessman, James M. French, who left a generous gift to Oberlin College in his estate.

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