Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Anne Haynes, Wayland, MA -1757


"She Was a Worthy Charitable Woman"

North Cemetery, Wayland, Massachusetts


Here Lies Buried
The Body of Mrs
Anne Haynes Wife
of Joshua Haynes
Esqr. Who Died Decem.
29 1757 In ye 80
year of Her Age
She Was a Worthy
Charitable Woman

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Robert Allen, Walpole, MA - 1778


A very unusual carving. I'd love to be able to identify the carver.
 
Old Burial Ground, Walpole, Massachusetts


In Memory of 
Mr. Robert Allen
who Died Octr. 13th
1778, Aged 84
Years.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Jonathan Simpson, Wayland, MA - 1733


Now if only every gravestone would include this information!



North Cemetery, Wayland, Massachusetts



HERE LYES Ye BODY OF
Mr. JONATHAN SIMPSON
LATE OF BOSTON WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVr. 1733 IN Ye 54TH YEAR OF HIS AGE

CHARLESTOWN doth claim his Birth
BOSTON his Habitation
SUDBURY hath his Grave
Where was his Expiration

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mary Harvey, Deerfield, MA - 1785

A carver's poignant tribute to the loss of a mother and child.


The Old Burial Ground, Deerfield, Massachusetts


In Memory of
Mary the Wife of 
Simeon Harvey
Who Departed this
Life December 20th
1785 In 39th year of
Her age on her left 
arm lieth the Infant
Wich was still
Born


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

George Clapp, Norton, MA - 1845

Grafton, Massachusetts carpenter and home builder, George Clapp is buried in a family plot in his family's native town of Norton, Massachusetts. He shares a joint gravestone with his wife, daughter, mother and father.  Despite the early deaths of George and his family, this stone was likely put into place after the death of his mother in 1860.


GEORGE CLAPP
1799 - 1845
HIS WIFE
MALINDA
1804 - 1840
THEIR DAUGHTER
SARAH E.
1839 - 1842


OLIVER CLAPP
1771 - 1853
HIS WIFE
LUCINDA
1776 - 1860


Norton Center Cemetery, Norton, Massachusetts

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rachel Clark, Medway, MA - 1758


Evergreen Cemetery, Medway, MA


IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. RACHEL 
CLARK DECd
JANry ye 25th
1758 IN
THE 76th YEAR
OF HER AGE

bottom design detail

This is a very unique old stone. I haven't come across a geometric design like this very often, particularly in the 1750s, in this part of Norfolk County. I would like to know who the carver is.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Aaron Wight & his two wives, Medway, MA - 1813


Evergreen Cemetery, Medway, Massachusetts


In Memory of
Doctr. AARON WIGHT
who died Feb. 8th 1813
in his 71st Year
---------------
In memory of two wives
of Doctr. Aaron Wight
1st wife Mrs. MARY WIGHT,
died June 14th 1771 in
her 23d Year
2nd wife Mrs. MARY WIGHT
died Aug. 26th 1775 in
her 23d Year.



Imagine that - two wives, both named Mary and both die in their 23rd year. Talk about some confusing genealogical research!

Doctor Aaron Wight actually had three wives. His third wife was named Jemima and she outlived him to die at age 66 in 1833.

The style of the stone, with the willow and urn, shows us that it is contemporary to the time period when Aaron Wight died even though is first two wives died in the 1770s.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Anne Barber, Medfield, MA - 1746


Hear Lies the Body
of Mrs. Anne Barber
the wife of Decon
George Barber
who Dyed
October ye 15th
A.D. 1746
in the 62nd Year
of har Age

Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield, Massachusetts

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Using Mirrors to Photograph Gravestones

Yesterday I got to do some cemetery exploration with some fellow researchers. That's a rare treat for me. During this outing I got to see a mirror in action used to improve gravestone photos. While photographing on my own this is not really an option. If you have a helper be sure to bring a mirror along and make it a light weight one! It's easy to see how the light from the mirror aided in reading the gravestones.

Without the aid of light from the mirror

with the mirror

without the mirror

with the mirror

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Abel Wright, Springfield, MA - 1725


LIEUT
AbEL WRIGHT DYD
IN OCTR YE 29 AN-
NOD [ANNO DOMINI] 1725 AGED 94
YEARS

By calculating out the date he should have been born about 1631. Talk about connecting to our earliest heritage. It was be very interesting to learn more about this gentleman and his role in Massachusetts history.

Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lydia Bird Morgan, Springfield, MA - 1780


Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts


In Memory of
LYDIA BIRD MORGAN
Daughter of Capt. JOHN &
Mrs. MARGARET MORGAN
who died April 8th 1780
In the 12th Year of
her Age.
----------------------
Fresh in the morn
the summer rose,
[the rest is not visible]


The text likely comes from this poem which was published in The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle, by Sylvanus Urban (London, 1748) Vol. XVIII, page 424.[Available from Google Books]


According to the Farber Collection this stone is carved by Solomon Brewer. In their photo you can see more of the stone.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Jonathan Lyman, Springfield, MA - 1766


Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts


In Memory of
Mr. JONATHAN LYMAN,
born in Lebanon, Educa
ted in YALE COLLEGE
where he 5 years acceptably
& worthily discharged ye
Duties of a Tutor ye last
winter was an Instructor
in ye Accademic School at
Hatfield, & for 2 Years
Past a Preacher Universally
approved. Returning from
Hatfield on a Visit to his
Parents, he was taken sick
in this Town, & after 3 days
on May 14 1766 in ye 29 Year
of his Age he breathed his
[-------------------------]

What does the date say?


Most online sources list Lyman's date of death as May 4th 1766.  What is the character between the Y and the 4? Is it a thorn (ye) or a 1? To me, it doesn't look like the thorn which follows later in the sentence.

I have written the date above as 14 because that's what the number looked like to me but now I'm not so sure. What do you think it says?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mara Fairbank, Millis, MA - 1778



In Memory of
Mara, Daughter
of Mr. Abijah
Fairbank and
Mrss. Mara his
wife, who died 
April 12th, 1778
Aged four years
and ten Month[s]

Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis, Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Josiah Rockwood, Millis, MA - 1727


1727

Here lys THe
BODY OF JOSIAH
ROCKWOOD De
CeASeD AUG [???]

Prospect Hill Cemetery, Millis, Massachusetts