Category Archives: Famous graves

Quoth the Raven

The Raven Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping … Continue reading

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The King of Rock ‘n Roll

Recently my friend, Caroline Weiss, snapped this picture of Elvis Presley’s grave on her visit to Graceland, Elvis’ Memphis, Tennessee estate. It made me think about the annual Forbes list of the top earners from the grave.  Yes, those entertainers … Continue reading

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The hand that belonged to John Hancock

THIS MEMORIAL ERECTED A. D. MDCCCXCV  BY THE COM MONWEALTH OF MASSACHU SETTS TO MARK THE GRAVE OF JOHN HANCOCK   An impressive stele in the Granary Burying Ground marks the grave of John Hancock (January 23, 1737-October 8, 1793).  … Continue reading

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Mother Goose…Believe it or not?

HERE LYES Ye BODY OF MARY GOOSE WIFE TO ISAAC GOOSE; AGED 42 YEARS DEC’D OCTOBER Ye 19th 1690 Here lyeth also susana goose Ye [illegible] aged 15 mo died August .[illegible]. 1687 According to some, namely a 1930s travel writer, … Continue reading

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The Man of the Revolution

HERE LIES BURIED SAMUEL ADAMS SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE GOVERNOR OF THIS COMMONWEALTH A LEADER OF MEN AND AN ARDENT PATRIOT BORN 1722 DIED 1803   Sam Adams (1722-1803) was a firebrand who as much as anyone inspired … Continue reading

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Bloomers

The inscription on the original tombstone: AMELIA JENKS WIFE OF D. C. BLOOMER DIED DEC. 30, 1894 AGED 76Ys. 7Ms. 3Ds. A pioneer of woman’s Emancipation   DEXTER C. BLOOMER DIED FEB. 24, 1900 AGED 83 Ys. 7Ms. 20Ds.   … Continue reading

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Dr. Richard Jordan Gatling

DR. RICHARD JORDAN GATLING INVENTOR OF THE GATLING GUN BORN HERTFORD CO., NORTH CAROLINA SEPT. 12TH, 1818. DIED NEW YORK CITY, FEBR. 26TH, 1903. THE HIGHEST HONORS THAT THE WORLD CAN BOAST ARE SUBJECTS FAR TOO LOW FOR MY DESIRE … Continue reading

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Allan Pinkerton

Not far from the Chalmers’ Monument in the Graceland Cemetery at Chicago, Illinois, is a plain obelisk with four bronze plaques, one on each side of the marker, that marks the grave of Allan Pinkerton, his wife Joan, and his … Continue reading

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The Chalmers Monument

  WILLIAM J. CHALMERS    JULY 10, 1852—DEC. 10, 1938 JOAN P. CHALMERS    JULY 22, 1855—JAN. 25, 1940 THOMAS STUART CHALMERS    SEPT. 21, 1881—MAR. 26, 1923 The Chicago-based Graham, Anderson, Probst, & White Architectural Firm, at one time the largest in … Continue reading

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Name out of view

The light rose-colored unpolished granite monument, built to honor William Peirce Anderson, is a bit of an enigma. The large neo-classic monument, with its Corinthian columns very nearly hides who is buried beneath.  The only clue is the bronze medallion … Continue reading

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