“She sang as requested.
There was much about love in the ballad: faithful love that refused to abandon its object; love that disaster could not shake; love that, in calamity, waxed fonder, in poverty clung closer.” (Charlotte Bronte, Shirley)
That quote reminds me of my great, great grandmother, Mary Webster Low Sargent (1829-1914), who had a harder life than her nice house in Worcester Massachusetts might lead one to believe. Through it all, Mary remained quietly faithful to her family.
I recently found her will, which says a lot about her. I had to copy it in three parts, so please excuse the awkward photos.
Don’t you think it’s wonderful that she made a bequest to take care of the graves of her mother, father, and grandfather? Her son, our great grandfather, William W. Sargent, does not get a mention because he had predeceased her by about four years (but that’s a post for another time). I didn’t know about the other son, John, or the nieces, so that’s something to look into. I also found a photo of her grave at the Church Street Cemetery in Merrimac, Massachusetts:
Edward and Joseph, who died as children, were news to me! Poor woman had four sons and one daughter and outlived at least three of her children.
Have a good weekend, look into some family history, and be of good cheer, for Spring is coming!