. . . stop and pay your respects at the graves of George and Sarah Branch, our English forebears. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)They are the parents of Lancelot Branch, who emigrated to America in 1867 and began our line. Staindrop is a village in Durham in the north of England; a fourth cousin in England found this stone in the churchyard a couple of years ago and kindly sent me a copy.
The inscription reads:
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEP. 7, 1880
AGED 87 YEARS,
ALSO OF SARAH HIS WIFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCT. 31, 1874
AGED 77 YEARS.
WE ALL FADE AS A LEAFE."
The quote at the end is from the book of Isaiah--kind of poignant for a couple who both died in the general vicinity of autumn.