Miss Lester Dunn and infant sister

 
The Cartersville American
Cartersville, Georgia
August 25, 1886, page 1
 
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A Touching Sight.

Two Children Buried in the Same Casket Last Friday.

Two weeks ago Friday the wife of Captain I. J. Dunn was buried at Smyrna.

Friday two daughters in the same casket were buried near her.

Before Mrs. Dunn died she called her two daughters, Mattie and Lester, aged respectively ten and eight years, to her bedside and told them that she knew she was going to die and that she wanted them to take charge of the twin babies and care for them like mothers.  Lester, the eight year old daughter and mother’s favorite, told her mother that she would take the smallest child.  Mattie took the largest and by the bedside of the dying mother they promised to care for the little wee babes.  The mother died and was laid in the silent tomb.  The father and little girls returned to the desolate home with sad hearts.  The little babes were tenderly cared for by the older sister.  Lester took the death of her mother very hard and would weep at the mention of her name.  Sunday last she was taken sick, and when her father or sister would ask her if she wanted anything, she would reply by saying that she wanted to go to mother.  The little sufferer would talk of going to mother all the time she was awake.  She grew worse day by day till Friday, with the words “I am going to mother” on her lips, the little heart ceased to throb and her soul took its flight to the spirit land where the dear mother was watching and waiting.  The father’s grief cannot be expressed when, a few hours later, the little babe which had been given into the keeping of her sister Lester died.  Mr. J. F. Barclay, the undertaker, placed the two bodies in the same casket.  The babe was placed on the left arm of her sister, with her face looking up.  Mr. Barclay says it was the most touching picture he ever looked upon, and that none were present who did not shed tears.

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