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Ada Dearborn

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June 29, 2015 · 05:30

The irony of funeral home names

Matchbook cover 4

Van Wormer needs a little thought (worms), but the Byrn Funeral Home definitely made me look twice.

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Time’s teeth have been gnawing on this one

He who shall not be named

Considering how well-preserved and maintained the other stones are in this cemetery (Milford Methodist Church), this weathered marker presents a bit of a mystery.

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Hello my name is…???

Hello my name is...

Found this gem in the Milford Methodist Church graveyard.

I’m really not sure whether this was an actual memorial (it’s in the middle of  several more traditional headstones), or if it serves as a location marker for a future burial site. Either way, it’s really quite interesting up close as the texture bears a close resemblance to a human brain.

 

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Philo Stebbins

Philo E Stebbins

Now I wonder what his story was?

 

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Mahala Hoose

Mahala Hoose

What’s in a name? Sometimes a really good story in the making.

 

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The Work brothers.

John Work_GV

No, this is not an April Fools Day trick.

The Thomas and John Tom Work headstones do exist and are located in the Milford Methodist Church cemetery in upstate New York.

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Here’s a name you don’t see every day

Ozias

Ozias (meaning God’s strength) is one of the rarer names I’ve come across. Ancestry.com even has an interesting map showing just where these guys were situated. Here’s a small screen shot. The headstone itself is located in the Centreville Pioneer Cemetery in Fremont, CA.

Ozias popularity

 

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Once Strange, always Strange

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March 18, 2015 · 05:30

What’s in a name?

Huldah

Between carvings and symbols and names, the wealth of surprises in historic cemeteries never cease to amaze me. For example, this headstone is located in a small, upstate New York town. It would be a story in itself on how she managed to come by this name. Here are a few things I was able to find out.

Huldah. Hebrew in origin, and pronounced hool-daw.

According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, Huldah was “a Prophetess; wife of Shallum, the keeper of the wardrobe in the time of King Josiah. It seems that Huldah enjoyed great consideration as a prophetess, for when Hilkiah found the scroll of the Law he, with his four companions, took it to her. On that occasion she prophesied that God would bring evil upon Jerusalem and upon its inhabitants. The king, however, was told that he would die in peace before the evil days came (II Kings xxii. 14-20; II Chron. xxxiv. 22-28).”

The Myth-Folklore Course Diary notes that as often with Hebrew names, “Huldah” has a meaning: “weasel.” Although northern Europeans often regard the weasel as a masculine creature, in many cultures the weasel is a quintessentially feminine creature, sometimes revered as a midwife (as in the birth of Heracles), but also feared as a witch (as, for example, in Apuleius).”

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