The Old Burying Ground at the Presbyterian Church at Morristown, New Jersey, is full of red slate gravestones, the most interesting of them by far is the gravestone of Abigail Goble, believed to be the oldest woman buried within the churchyard. The image is dramatic. In the right side of the top of the gravestone or the tympanum, out of the sculpted clouds of the Heavens, comes the hand of God weilding a hatchet. God’s axe has felled the Tree of Life! The Tree is hacked down, life is over. Over the top of the gravestone are the words “Memento Mori”. This is a medieval reminder from the depths of the Black Death that swept through Europe to “remember death”. Death was a constant and one must be prepared to die at any time.
Memento Mori In Memory of Mrs. ABIGAIL GOBLE who died in Oct.br 1742 Aged 62 Y