Life keeps branching out


Unless one looks carefully, the historical cemetery in a field off Burlingame Road in western Cranston is easily mistaken for a clump of trees. But there, at the trunk of one tree, set askew by its entangling roots, stands the stone of Jonah T. Church, the son of Alfred and Rebecca Church, who died at the age of 2 years, 9 months and 14 days on April 23, 1836. Fittingly, at the head of the marker, is a tree and unscripted at its base is “c’oped like a bud from yonder tree – he’s gone to rest from troubles and free.” (Cranston Herald photos by John Howell)


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