Sam and Agnes had 12 children. Back in the 1800s life expectancy isn't very high. Sam died at a rather average age of 54. Agnes continued to live without her husband for another 18 years.
Of their 12 children, 6 died before reaching 6 years old. One can only wonder if there was some kind of contagious disease spreading in the area at the time. They attemped to name two of their kids with the same name - "William", but alas, neither survived.
Christmas of 1818 must have been a tough one.
The last of the babies died in 1832, only 2 years before Sam passed. He never lived to see 6 of his children grow old enough to even be in school (if one existed for children that age at that time). Agnes, on the other hand, out-lived 2 of her adult children - Jesie and Margaret.
This one tombstone is dedicated to a single family. Agnes never re-married.
The last of the Paxton died 20 days apart in 1907.
Amazing how lives have changed so much since.
@ Calton Burial Ground, Edinburgh, Scotland.