Many of the graves here are well over 100 years old, like this unattended site of a 20 year old woman named Hattie. I first spotted the finial lying on the ground and went over to snap a picture. I suspect it simply fell from age and was very surprised that vandals had not picked it up.
I snapped this engraving rather quickly (just to have the name)and did not realize what a poor job I had done until I had it on my computer screen. I then realized there was a touching engraving from the husband at the bottom:
Tis hard to break the tender cord,
When love has bound the heart
Tis hard, so hard to speak the word
Unfortunately I did not get the last line.
Now I will have to go back to find out what it says!
I also noted that I did not see any other graves next to Hattie. I wonder what happened to the grief-stricken husband? I would guess he found another wife, raised a family and was buried in some other plot.
How interesting it would be to find out more about the person behind the name on the tombstone.