Russell and Marian Porter Die of Smallpox

A beautiful memorial stone sits in Maple Grove Cemetery in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky, marking the graves of two children, siblings, who died on the same day, August 1, 1894, of smallpox.  Evidently an epidemic was wide-spread, not only in Kentucky, but throughout the country.

Russell, May 8, 1891 – August 1, 1894.

Russell Porter, aged 3, and his sister Marian, aged 5, only children of Walter R. and Bessie Porter, were victims claimed by the epidemic.  I cannot imagine a parent losing one child, much less two.

Marian, October 20, 1889 – August 1, 1894.

‘Fold them, O Father, in thine arms, and let them henceforth be a message of peace between our hearts and thee.’