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Dead Woman in Deptford

There's an Elizabeth Bear buried in Deptford's St. Nicholas' Churchyard:

86. Sacred to the memory of Anne daughter of Jonathan and Anne Bear of this parish who died July 31st 1836 aged 6 years and 9 months. Also William Henry son of the above who died April 29th 1832 aged 16 months. Likewise Mr Jonathan Bear grandfather of the above who died July 6th 1837 aged 79 years. Also Mrs Elizabeth Bear relict of the above who died 20th February 1844 aged 79 years. Also Mr Jonathan Bear father of the above children who died 5th January 1832 in the 66th year of his age.

And now, I should go for a walk....

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We share an Elizabethan namesake (sorta). There's an Elizabeth Williams buried in Gloucester Cathedral: she was Elizabethan. She died at 16 in the middle of childbirth. There's an effigy on her tomb: she's wearing a ruff and propped up on one elbow like, uh, a bored teenager.
You know, that makes me laugh, a lot.

Some things are eternal.
So how does it feel, being a relict?
About like you'd expect. *g*

Apparently, I've been dead for 160 years and 364 days, too, which came as a surprise.