Category Archives: Epitaphs

A variation on “Prepare for Death” epitaph

In memory of Mary Ann daughter of Johan and Deborah M… Who departed this life 11th April 1816: aged 22 years. My parents dear, who mourn and weep Behold the grave where I sleep: Prepare for death, for you must … Continue reading

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PRICE BENNETT NATIVE OF WALES 1875 – 1910 FAREWELL MY FRIENDS I LOVED SO DEAR. I’VE GONE AND LEFT THIS VALE OF TEARS. MY END YOU KNOW, MY GRAVE YOU SEE PREPARE YOURSELVES TO FOLLOW ME.   1870 “BE YE … Continue reading

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A calm and undisturbed repose

FRANCIS WIFE OF WILLIAM GESS BORN FEB. 27, 1813 DIED JAN. 27, 1888 AGED 75 YEARS   Asleep in Jesus; Blessed sleep. From which none ever wakes to weep A calm and undisturbed repose Unbroken by the last of foes. … Continue reading

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Tempus Edax Rerum

TEMPUS EDAX RERUM  THE CHILDREN OF ANDREW AND MELICENT NEAL  ELIZABETH NEAL AGED 5 (OR 3) DAYES DEC.D 1666   AS ALSO YE BODY OF HANNAH NEAL IS HERE INTER’D   ELIZABETH NEAL AGED 2 WEEKS DEC. D JUNE YE … Continue reading

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In God We Trust

ROBERT SON OF  & E. BURRES BORN FEB. 19, 1836 DIED JUNE 25, 1865. HE WAS IN CO. D. 80 REG. IND. VOL. THEN CONQUER WE MUST FOR OUR CAUSE IT IS JUST AND THIS BE OUR MOTTO IN GOD … Continue reading

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Glory in the skies

JOHN LEGATE, DIED MAY 4, 1857; AGED 26 Yrs. 11 Mo. & 4Ds. A little time on earth he spent, Till God for him his angel sent; And then on time he closed his eyes To wake to glory in … Continue reading

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Crossing the narrow stream

The epitaph on the Silas May gravestone in the Waterbury Cemetery in Waterbury, Vermont, uses the age-old metaphor of crossing the river.  Since ancient times, the imagery of the soul crossing a river was created to explain how the soul went from one … Continue reading

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