Welcome to Week #27 of Taphophile Tragics!    Please do contribute a link, and feel free to spread the word — I always want to welcome anyone who’s interested in participating.   🙂

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Melinda Thorndike, wife of Captain William H Thorndike.  Born January 13, 1829; Died April 27, 1848.   She is buried in Achorn Cemetery in Rockland, Maine.   I took this photo in 2010, before I was really becoming serious about taking careful notes and paying attention to my cemetery photography.  So, unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the Captain’s stone.   However, I did find some interesting information posted on Find-A-Grave, which indicates that William and Melinda’s son, William, is buried in this cemetery.  According to that information, William was born on April 8, 1848 and died on July 4, 1848.   This makes me wonder if Melinda perhaps died from complications after giving birth, which wouldn’t have been unusual back in 1848.

Captain William H. Thorndike shows up on the 1860 census in Rockland, Maine, married to Eliza (?) – perhaps his second wife, considering Melinda had already passed away — but that’s almost all I can read because the handwriting on that page isn’t very clear.