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McCann-Wilkinson

I nearly walked by this stone when I noticed what is so unusual about it.  My first thought when I glanced over was how extraordinary it was for all members of the same family to have middle names beginning with the same letter.  Then, when I examined it closer, I have come to the conclusion that the W. or Mc. beside each first name is not a middle name, but a last initial.  It looks to me like the letters indicate for you which surname the person carried with them.  It’s a very interested way to incorporate that information into the monument.  I wonder if it was done for space reasons.

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