James Creeden was the son of my great-great-grandparents, Timothy and Mary Ann Matson Creeden. He died on Oct. 3, 1889 at the age of 17 in Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio. He was their oldest living child and died of typhoid fever. James was listed as a farmer in an index for Mercer County, so he probably worked on the family's farm in Hopewell.
The gravestone shows that James' middle initial is "E" and Timothy's is "C". I hadn't seen a middle initial for Timothy anywhere, so this is a little bit of new information. These photos were posted on FindAGrave and are reposted here with permission.
T.C. & M.A.
Oct. 3 1889
17Y. 11M. 3D.
There is more writing under the age, but it is difficult to make out.
The first part is possibly "Weep not father and mother for me..."
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