Jane E. McMillen
Birth: Aug. 16, 1835, Ontario County, New York, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1877, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Wife of Peter J. McMillen. Moved with family from Phelps, Ontario, New York to Grand Rapids, 2nd Ward, in time for the 1870 Census. In 1865, Peter J. McMillan was a painter residing within the Village of Phelps when enumerated during the New York State census in June.
According to Kent County Death Index, Jane (Jennie) died on 28 April 1877 in Grand Rapids, Michigan from "kidney" troubles.
Burial date: May 2, 1877
Burial place: Oakhill Cemetery, Block C, Lot 103, Space 4
Wife of P. J. Mc Millen
May 2 (broken)
Aged 41 years,
8 m's & 16 d's
Dearest wife thou hast left us,
But our loss it is your gain,
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
In a world that's free from pain.
[Note - the following section is the last stanza from a poem entitled 'Parva Domus - Magna Quies' which is translated 'Small House, Great Peace'. This poem was republished in Littell's Living Age, No. 1487, December 7, 1872 from the original printing in "All The Year Round", a London-based publication conducted by Charles Dickens.]
A narrow home, and far beyond it lieth
The land whereof no mortal lips can tell.
We strain our sad eyes as the spirit flieth,
Our fancy loves on heaven's bright hills to dwell.
God shuts the door, no angel lip uncloses;
They whom Christ raised no word of guidance said.
Only the Cross speaks where our dust reposes,
"Trust Him who calls unto his rest our dead."
It was with amazement, gladness, reverence and deep gratitude that I just discovered your very thoughtful Find-A-Grave memorials for Peter J. and his wife Jane E. McMillen. You did an AMAZING job in recovering and photo documenting Jane's stone so carefully and completely, and the epitaph is beautiful and poignant. I'm extremely grateful. A mere Thank You falls mighty short for all you do...