Samuel and Amelia Armstrong must have come from very strong stock. Both of these now residents of Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto lived to a good age of 68 and 72 respectively.
But as you walk around to the other side of this headstone,
you see the evidence of some of the pain this family endured.
Only one child, their firstborn, lived past one year of age and it would be almost ten years
after the death of their third child before another was born.
Neither of the next two children lived beyond six months,
including their only son who had the shortest life.
Amelia would have been 43 years of age when her last child was born.
It is interesting (but not unexpected) to note that all died in the winter months.
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