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