Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nicholas Gardner, Boston, MA


Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Massachusetts


Here lies Interred
the Body of
Capt. Nicholas Gardner
who was wounded by the
Enemy of which he died
June 13th 1782
Aged 33 Years

Friday, December 23, 2011

Joseph Haven, Dover, MA - 1801


Highland Cemetery, Dover, Massachusetts


In memory of
Dean. JOSEPH HAVEN,
who died 22d Feby. 1801.
Aged 83 years.

The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish while he sleeps in dust

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mary Smith, Springfield, MA - 1773


Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts


In Memory of
Mary, daughter of
Mr. Abner and
Mrs. Mary Smith,
born June 17 1759 and
died Feby. 16th 1773.

Man wants but little,
nor that little long,
How soon must be,
resign his very dust,
Which frugal nature,
lent him for an hour!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Eunice Pease, Springfield, MA - 1791


Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts


In Memory of
Mrs. Eunice Consort
of Mr. Job Pease
who died
Febry. 7 1791
in the 71 year
of her age.

Death's a debt to nature due,
[remainder not visible]

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Patience Watson, Plymouth, MA - 1767


Burial Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, Massachusetts


Here lies Interr'd
the Body of
Mrs. PATIENCE WATSON
the wife of
Mr. ELKANAH WATSON
She Departed this Life
April 20th 1767
In the Thirty fourth Year of her Age


You can view early 20th century images of this gravestone in the Farber Gravestone Collection. The Farber Collection lists the carver as William Codner.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jacob Tappan, West Newbury, MA - 1725


Bridge Street Cemetery, West Newbury, Massachusetts


HERE LYES BURIED
the BODY OF
JACOB TAPPAN JUNr
WHO DIED JULY Ye
21 IN 1725 & IN
20 FURST YEAR


When this photo from the Farber Gravestone Collection was taken the gravestone was still standing upright and the text was easier to read.  They list the carver as Robert Mullicken Jr.  His work is simply amazing.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Nathaniel Brackett, Dedham, MA - 1748


Old Village Cemetery, Dedham, Massachusetts


HERE LYES YE BODY OF
NATHANIEL BRACKETT
SON OF Mr. ANTHONY
& Mrs. ELIZABETH
BRACKET OF BOSTON
AGED 5 YEARS AND 8
Mo. DIED AUGst 17th
1748.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

James Blake, Norfolk, MA - 1765


Norfolk Cemetery, Norfolk, Massachusetts


In Memory of
James Blake Esq.
who Died Jan. ye 12
1765
in ye 70 year
of His Age

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christopher Lattimore, Marblehead, MA - 1690


Old Burial Ground, Marblehead, Massachusetts



HERE LYES BURIED
Ye BODY OF
Mr CHRISTOPHER
LATTIMORE AGED
ABOUT 70 YEARS
DECD. OCTOBER Ye 5
1690

The carver is identified by the Farber Gravestone Collection as William Mumford.   The stone is made of slate.  There is a photo on the Farber Collection website that shows the Lattimore gravestone before it was encased in granite and cement.  This gravestone is an example of exquisite early carving.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Richard Hawley, Marblehead, MA - 1698


Old Burial Hill, Marblehead, Massachusetts


HERE LYES BURIED THE
BODY OF RICHARD HAWLEY
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCTOBER Ye 1st 1698
IN Ye 63 YEAR OF HIS AGE