Jim Gutterman's comments about deteriorating children's sections in cemetery plots
are very true. This is due several reasons, including sunken monuments, cheaper
monuments made of sandstone or other stone that wears away within decades, and
nobody to take care of the graves after the parents and perhaps the siblings died
because there were no direct descendants (perpetual care was for children seems to
be unusual). Additionally, there was sometimes no marker at all.
It is indeed a shame, and also should be a reminder that when visiting old cemetery
plots, in addition to looking in the remainder of the plot for other relatives, to
look in the children's section for cousins and great-great aunts and uncles who may
have died as children, and then also check with the cemetery office for children
who may have been buried without a marker.
New York, N.Y.