"In the midst of life we are in death. Be ye ready."

This is the grave marker of William Roberts that sits in All Saints Episcopal Church’s cemetery in South Carolina. What makes this tombstone stand out is its inscription, which due to weathering and repairs is difficult to read in some areas. William Roberts apparently died at the age of 26 after injuries sustained from falling from a ladder. The date of his death looks to be October 23, 1884 and there is no birth date listed. You can make out:

 “Sacred to the Memory of
William Roberts
Died Oct. 23, 1884
Aged 26 years
…week before his death
while pursuing his…
was killed by falling from a ladder
‘In the midst of life we are in death
Be ye ready.’
This monument was erected
 by those
who committed his
body to the grave.

I would love to know what happened to William Roberts.


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