“How much of life how much of joy is buried with our darling boy” – this is the heartfelt epitaph on the grave stone of Albert Hathaway Samsill – a random grave stone in County Cemetery located in the Lubbock (Texas) County listing of cemeteries. I picked County Cemetery randomly because it had only 19 internments, probably of people long forgotten.
I was initially intrigued before I saw the grave stone picture because Albert was so young when he died – I’m thinking there must be a story there. Upon viewing the stone, I discovered three or four pieces of information without one extra keystroke or search.
Albert was the son of A.J. and Mary A. Samsill. He was born April 24, 1903 (although the death certificate lists his d.o.b. as April 22, 1903) and he died on December 23, 1918 (the death certificate records a different date of December 24 for his death). From the inscription on the stone one can infer he was a much-loved child.
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