Two Gone Too Young

07 Feb 2018 4:30 PM | Debi Curry (Administrator)

This gravestone of two young men who died on the same day in 1850 was photographed in the Old Garland Cemetery on the Gary Moore Road in Ellsworth by David and Ellen Simmons.

The local story is that the men were killed in a logging accident. However, Cheryl Willis Patten found their 1851 obituary which tells a different but nonetheless sad story:

Drowned—On the 17th of last Dec, James Hadlock, Jr., and Oliver H. Prescott, both residents of Ellsworth, and the latter not long since married to a sister of Hadlock, on their journey home, about six miles from this place, undertook to cross a pond, and save some distance in gaining their home, which was about a __ distant on the opposite side of the pond.  Full of enthusiasm and daring of youth, they incautiously took a direct course across the pond, but ere they had proceeded two-thirds of the way, their life and safety were beyond the reach of human power.  The next morning the father with misgivings, fears and feelings which parental love would naturally awaken in his breast, commenced a busy inquiry after them, hoping to be enabled to trace them to the house of some intimate friend or neighbor, but in following their course when first they entered the pond, a hat, cap and coat, too quickly led him to the cause of their unhappy fate.  The third day their bodies were obtained through the noble and praiseworthy endeavors of their friends and neighbors, who, deeply sensible that the recovery of the bodies would be to the parent and wife as “a cordial to a famishing soul,” were indefatigable in their exertions.—Nat. Dem

~Thanks to Pam Simmons for sharing this story

Christian Mirror
Thursday, January 23, 1851
Portland, Maine
Page:  3

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