A highlight in researching graveyards is the headstone inscription. Below is a selection of some of the more eccentric ones collected from New England cemeteries.
In memory of Mr. Nathaniel Parks
Aged 19, who on 21, March 1794
Being out hunting and concealed in a ditch
Was casually shot by Mr. Luther Frink.
She was very Excellent for
Reading and Soberness.
(Mary Brooks, d. 1736, aged 11)
Solomon Touslee, Jr. who
Was Killed in Pownal, Vermont July 15, 1846,
While repairing to grind a scythe on a stone
Attached to the gearing in the woolen factory.
He was entangled.
His death was sudden and awful.
To the four husbands of
Miss Ivy Saunders
1790, 1794, 1808, 18??
Here lie my husbands, One, Two, Three
Dumb as men could ever be
As for my fourth, well, praise be God,
He bides for a little while
Above the sod.
Alex, Ben, Sandy were the first three names,
And to make things tidy
I’ll add his – James.
A Pillow of the settlement.
(note: more likely, a Pillar of the settlement!)
Jones’ leg which was
Amputated July 17, 1804.
Beneath this stone and not above it,
Lies the remains of Anna Lovett.
Be pleased, dear reader not to show it
For twixt you and I, no one does covet
To see again this Anna Lovett.
Left us May 17, 1769.
Bevis Hillier. Dead Funny
Alfred Clemont Rush. Death and Burial in Early Christianity
The Peter Pauper Press. Comic Old Epitaphs From The Very Best Old Graveyards