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Merrial and Simon [Dec. 11th, 2015|02:48 pm]
Tony Grist
And while we're talking about monuments to children, Thame also has these-



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From: athenais
2015-12-11 05:56 pm (UTC)
Merrial is a lovely name. I've never heard it before.

John and I walk through country graveyards when we are in Wisconsin searching for family graves and see many examples like this of the youngest members of young families dying quite closely to each other. A heartbreaking summer for the Coates.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-12-11 06:38 pm (UTC)
I suppose Merrial is an earlier form of Meryl.

There's a family plot at Cooling in North Kent which contains the graves of (I think) thirteen children from the one family. Dickens called it to mind when he was writing Great Expectations- only he cut the number of children to five because he didn't believe his readers would believe him if he gave the true number.
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