With Uncle Jake being the only other surviving member of Jill's family, she turned to him to solve the mystery of the side-by-side graves in the family cemetery, the larger one which bore the inscription "Catherine 1907-1923", and the smaller one "Joseph 1923-1926."
"My Aunt Catherine was just 15 when she turned up pregnant by a neighbor boy," Uncle Jake explained, "and my grandfather was furious, so he sent her up North to stay with relatives until she had the baby and it could be put up for adoption. Tragically, she died in childbirth and her body was returned home for burial."
"My grandmother Naomi was so grief-stricken that my grandfather agreed to let her keep Catherine's son," continued Uncle Jake. "They named him Joseph, and he soon became the light of their eyes; he slept in that small room you asked me about."
Then, when Joseph was three years old, he got terribly sick with pneumonia, and despite the doctor stopping by daily and his grandmother keeping vigil at night, he died in the early Spring and was buried beside his mother.
(To be continued)
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