Rose M.

Rose M.

Rose M., beloved daughter of Cora V. Bradley. Born in 1898, died in 1911 at age 13. What happened to her? And why isn’t her father’s name mentioned on her tombstone as well? We’ll never know.

At the end of Wilkes Street are two cemeteries where lie citizens from Alexandria’s early days. It’s a peaceful place to walk, contemplate and imagine what their lives were like.

6 Responses to Rose M.

  1. Carol says:

    Great photo and an intriguing mystery. I wonder what she died from? That was before the influenza pandemic wasn’t it?

  2. Marie McC says:

    I’m not familiar with that particular scourge, but those were the days when it was pretty easy to die of almost anything.

    What gets me is, all the other tombstones of children I saw that day mentioned the names of both parents. Even if one of them was already dead, they’re still part of the package. Was the father such a scoundrel that the mother didn’t even want his name on the daughter’s grave? It’s really peculiar!! 🙂

  3. Passante says:

    I like the picture and the mystery. Which cemetery is this in? Since I live in Alexandria, I’d like to see it.

  4. Louz says:

    Perhaps the father was deceased but then you’d think there would be a grave for him nearby. This kind of thing fascinates me, questions about what happened to this real mother and daughter. The statue on top of the stone is rather poignant and sad.

  5. Marie McC says:

    Passante, I’ll email you with directions.

    Louz, I looked nearby, as families at that time tended to be buried near one another. Rose M. is all alone. Her mother’s grave is not nearby, either.

    My imagination comes up with lots of possibilities. I think this must be how novelists get their ideas!

    Yes, the statue’s sadness (or are we projecting?) is what caught my attention when I was walking that day. Then I read the inscription and my mind began working overtime!

  6. Marianna says:

    I am looking for information about Cora Bradley, born around 1885, daughter of James and Maryanne Bradley. There were 11 children born to this family in Martinsville, Virginia. If anyone knows anything please respond to

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