Wife of Peter J. McMillen. Born in Ontario County, New York. Moved to Phelps, Ontario, New York with family and then to Grand Rapids, 2nd Ward, in time for the 1870 Federal Census.
According to the Kent County Death Index, Jane (Jennie) died on 28 April 1877 in Grand Rapids, Michigan from "kidney troubles".
Burial date: May 2, 1877
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Peter J. McMillen
Wife of P. J. Mc Millen
May 2 (broken)
Aged 41 years,
8 m's & 16 d's
Dearest wife thou hast left us,
But our loss it is your gain,
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
In a world that's free from pain.
[Note - the following section is the last stanza from a poem entitled 'Parva Domus - Magna Quies' which is translated 'Small House, Great Peace'. This poem was republished in Littell's Living Age, No. 1487, December 7, 1872 from the original printing in "All The Year Round", a London-based publication conducted by Charles Dickens.]
A narrow home, and far beyond it lieth
The land whereof no mortal lips can tell.
We strain our sad eyes as the spirit flieth,
Our fancy loves on heaven's bright hills to dwell.
God shuts the door, no angel lip uncloses;
They whom Christ raised no word of guidance said.
Only the Cross speaks where our dust reposes,
"Trust Him who calls unto his rest our dead."