Amy Sumner Porter was a 32 year old mother of 7 when she died. 4 of her children preceded her in death. Born Feb 1815 died April 1847. This stone marked her twins and her graves. Except from her journal: "The trek across Iowa was difficult as the wagons sloshed through rain and sleet, mired in mud and muck. The trip was particularly hard on me, for I was pregnant once again. This pregnancy seemed more uncomfortable than all the others, and I yearned to be living in a home instead of a wagon. We were too tired, and too weak, and the provisions were low. So we stopped for the winter on the border of Iowa and Nebraska. We named this place Winter Quarters.
On December 11, I discovered the cause of my special discomfort, when two little darling baby boys were born; twins which we named Joseph and Benjamin. They came early, and were thus unprepared for the harsh, cold of a snowy winter in a thin cloth tent which gave free access to piercing winds. They quietly left this earth and my loving arms the next day, December 12. It seems the cold bitter weather will never stop. I am weary and worn.
We have moved into a log cabin, ten feet square with a sod roof and only the soft ground for a floor. But I am too ill to enjoy this small comfort. Poor, worn cattle beef and cracked corn has been our only food for some time, and now there is nothing to eat but a little corn meal. How I would love to have a vegetable or a piece of fruit to share with my family. My health has deteriorated to where I can not move an inch. My dear husband takes me in his arms and holds me until my bed is made nearly every day. But now he, too, is sick with the scurvy. Oh, how shall we ever go on?! My little children gather around me, but I feel at a loss to help them, for I cannot move myself in bed neither speak out loud. They surely must know of my love for them, and my hopes for their future. If I cannot make it to the land of Zion, I am confident that the Lord will answer this prayer of my heart….that my children will remain faithful, and that through them will come generations of righteousness."
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