Friday, January 9, 2009

From mother's arms....

.... to the arms of Jesus

This is one of two grave markers found on private property in northeastern Itawamba County recently. The top of the marker is broken off and lies on the ground, but the following inscription is found:

Rutha Viola
Daug of J.L. &
Dec. 29, 1916
Nov. 2, 1918

It appears that little Rutha Viola died during the influenza epidemic. The Holland family can be found in the 1910 census living near Shottsville just across the state line in Marion County, Alabama. Lee Holland, age 21, and Dortha Holland, age 20, both born in Alabama, with daughter Venoner, age 11 months. A death record for Dortha Holland has been found that indicates she died in 1967 in Marion County.

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