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It tells a sad tale of a William and Joan Westberry who, over a seven year period in the 1680s, lost in rapid succession their three daughters ages 2, 3 and 4 years. Markers for such young children of the non-elite are rare from this period and this one serves as a good reminder of the high frequency at which children died during the 17th century, both in England and America. The Westberrys were going through their grief at exactly the same time, 3000 miles away across the Atlantic, another family was experiencing the passing of their young daughter. This baby was a Calvert and while we do not know her name or if she ever had a grave marker, she was given an elite burial in a tiny lead coffin inside the Brick Chapel at Maryland's capital.

Oxford England St. Thomas Church

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