Sarah J. Palmer – "Giving Birth to her First Born Babe"

The Dead Bell

“SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. SARAH J. PALMER
The lovely and much loved wife of 
CHARLES W. PALMER,
a youthful but sincere Christian
WHOSE GENTLE SPIRIT PASSED
FROM EARTH ON THE ___ DAY OF
MARCH A.D. 1855:
AGED 19 YEARS
giving birth to her first born babe.
TROD SORROW ON THE HEELS OF JOY”

Sarah Palmer’s marble headstone (set in a granite ledger)  rests on the grounds of Raleigh’s City Cemetery, split through the area which lists the day of her death, making it impossible to read with accuracy. The damage could have been due to weathering through age or the tornadoes that hit the cemetery in 2011. The headstone is flanked by volutes (the scrolls) and features two doves and an urn.

I was unable to find specific information on Sarah or her husband Charles Palmer except for one source that suggests her maiden name was Williams and…

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