This collage is to commemorate my Great Great Grandfather, William Stone, who was born in 1811, married his wife Elizabeth in 1835 and died in 1887.
Many of the elements in this collage are taken from his family bible, which is in my possession, and which records the births of their 10 children and the deaths of two of them.
William Stone had no great claim to fame having worked all his life as an agricultural labourer and always lived in the same small town in Dorset, England. I imagine that he would have started work by the age of 14 and that his life would have been very humdrum and unadventurous compared with what we are accustomed to today.
I think a couple of verses by Thomas Gray are appropriate here.
Let not Ambition mock their useful toil,
Their homely joys, and destiny obscure;
Nor Grandeur hear with a disdainful smile
The short and simple annals of the Poor.
The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Awaits alike th' inevitable hour:-
The paths of glory lead but to the grave
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard