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  •  I share your fascination with "sensing" history (7+ / 0-)

    When I lived in Cambridge, MA, I would often wander through the Boston area's many colonial-era cemeteries. They are rich with the spirits of the people buried there. I wonder what life was like for a woman named Hopestill Barns, the 24-year-old wife of Jame Barns, who died in 1676 and is buried in the King's Chapel burial ground near Boston Common.

    •  Given the medical technology of the day... (5+ / 0-)

      ...and her age, I would guess she died in childbirth.

      Boston was a small town back then, and more or less a "frontier" kind of place, so I imagine it was probably much like the far west of a couple hundred years later - populated by brave and resourceful people who had pulled up stakes in England and were forging new lives on their new continent.

      The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. -Bertrand Russell

      by mftalbot on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 12:43:25 PM PDT

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