Category Archives: Symbolism

Stylized Tulips

Corneliea Dau Of John & Mary Dixon died April Ye 10 1788 aged 2 Year 6 Months & 23 Days Tulips have long been a symbol found in the graveyard, including on the gravestone of two and a half year … Continue reading

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Tip Toe through the Tulips

LIDIAN Wife of Ralph Waldo Emerson Daughter of Charles & Lucy (Cotton) Jackson. Born September 20th 1802, close by Plymouth Rock as she loved to remember. Died November 13th 1892 in Concord. In 1968, in a quivering falsetto, singer musician … Continue reading

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Winged Soul Effigy

HERE lies the Body of Deacon Simon Hunt who died Decr ye 13th 1790; Aged 87 In private & public, he fought ye honour of God, The interest of ye Chh. And ye good of his country. As a Deacon, … Continue reading

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Time takes flight with the soul

In Memory of Mrs. Rebeckah Fletcher Wife of Mr. Samuel Fletcher She departed This life Febr ye 2d 1785 In the 77th year of her age. The hourglass, a symbol that speaks to the brevity of life, is often shown … Continue reading

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She slips through the hourglass

In memory of MRS. MARTHA PORTER the wife of MR. ISRAEL PORTER Who died 26 June 1795 Aged 49 years. “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives,” is the catchphrase for the long-running soap opera, … Continue reading

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Chains, broken and unbroken

UNITED ABOVE OUR FATHER DANIEL HALLETT DIED April 3, 1856 AE. 61 Y’s. 2 M’s. Two gravestones from the same cemetery in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, display a chain in a circle. This symbolism is the combining of two symbols—the circle … Continue reading

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Old Glory

WILLIAM DRIVER BORN IN SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS MARCH 17, 1803 DIED IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE MARCH 3, 1886 William Driver is buried in the Nashville City Cemetery at Nashville, Tennessee. Driver was an adventurous sea captain. Of his exploits one is noted … Continue reading

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The Butterfly

Sacred to the memory of NANCY MAYNOR born 17th of Novbr 1788 departed this life on the 28th of May 1836 This elaborate gravestone in the Nashville City Cemetery at Nashville, Tennessee, has a delicate butterfly on the face of the … Continue reading

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Fighting Satan’s Hordes

St. Michael is featured in many cemetery sculptures. Only the Archangel Michael, one of three angels mentioned by name in the Bible, is clothed in armor.  The sword he carries represents a cross but also a weapon in his war … Continue reading

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Crown and Open Gates

JOHN W. MEYERS 1865 – 1941   The gravestone pictured above displays an incised carving of open gate, a very common symbol found in American cemeteries. In this example, the open gates, which are central to the Last Judgment, have … Continue reading

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