The first time I was shown the grave-sites of my great-great grandmother Amelia Marcus, and my great-grandfather’s first wife, Mary Eliza, I was pleasantly surprised of the upkeep, and the poetry which was written on the tombstones.
The lyrics told me about the love and dedication that my great-grandfather August Bough felt towards his mother, and his young wife, Mary Eliza.
Written on the Tombstone – Amelia Marcus:
“In loving memory of a loving mother Amelia Marcus who died the 15th Feb 1897 age 64 years old. Fondest of mothers, kindest of friends loving each other constant to the end. Ever watching alone her dear loving ones till heaven demand her work to be done then to the last commands said THY will be done. This monument is erected by her affectionate son A.C. Bough”
Written on Tombstone-Mary Eliza
“Mary Eliza beloved wife of A.C. Bough who died 26, October 1894 aged 20 years. Like a flower within its bloom she passed beyond the tomb with a certain hope of grace to behold her Savior face to face”.
My second great-grandmother, Amelia Petersen-Marcus, was born in 1831 in Christiansted, St. Croix, DWI, and primarily lived in Christiansted. She died in St. Croix due to a chest ailment in 1897. She was 64 years old.
My great-grandfather’s first wife, Mary Eliza (nee Armstrong), was born in 1874 in Christiansted, St. Croix. She died in 1894 at the young age of 20 years old. (Cause of death unknown)