07 December 2011

Honoring a Little Boy's Dream

[This was originally posted as yesterday's Tombstone Tuesday post at the Rose Hill Cemetery blog. I thought my dear readers here at Southern Graves might enjoy it as well. If you follow both blogs (thank-you!), I apologize for duplicates.]

When John Ross Juhan was a little boy, his dream was to one day become a fireman. He even attached himself as a mascot to Defiance Fire Company No. 5. Unfortunately, young John never got the chance to obtain his dream. His short life ended on 26 July 1875 at the age of just 8 years. The headstone placed for John Juhan was sculpted by J. Artope of Macon and depicts a fireman's hat, belt, and coat.

John B. Ross
Son Of W. A. & E. J. Juhan
Died July 26, 1875
Age 8 Years, 4 Months & 16 Days

Was A Brave Little Fireman
Attached To Defiance Fire Co. No. 5 

John was the son of W. A. (1827-1893) and Elizabeth Jane (1837-1901) Juhan. The family rests in the Eglantine Square section of Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.

This stone is a community favorite and is often pointed out on Rose Hill Rambles.

Photos © 2011 S. Lincecum.

1 comment:

LInda Adams said...

Looked up J Artope and found your post- I found one of their stones in Stewart Ravens Family Cemetery in Schley County, GA. The burial was 1850 and was a Richard Stewart. They must have traveled to Macon to procure the stone.
Linda Adams, Schley County

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