Monthly Archives: June 2011


The photograph above is a family photo.  The couple standing next to the tombstone was my great grandmother, Sarah Caroline Anderson’s, sister, Fannie, her husband, Willie Williams, (yes, his name was William Williams) their three daughters and a pair of friends.  … Continue reading

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Art Nouveau

The Art Nouveau movement was a bridge between Neoclassicism and Modernism and reached it’s popularity from 1890 to 1905.  Luminary artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; glass designers Rene Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany, and … Continue reading

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Cradle gravestones

Cradle gravestones frame the plot and look much like a cradle without the legs, which is how they get their name.  The marble gravestone above features a sea shell with a sleeping baby nestled inside.  One end is larger and … Continue reading

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II Samuel: Chapter 22, verse 29, “For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.”  The light eminating from the lamp represents the pathway to Truth and to Knowledge.

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Soul Ascending to Heaven and The Mourner

When the Bostonian Brahmin, Amos Binney, died in Rome in 1847, his wife Mary Ann fulfilled a promise she made to him before his death–she would return his body to his beloved homeland.  Mary Ann commissioned Thomas Crawford, an impressive … Continue reading

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More sea shells

While monuments that portray infants in sea shells are not all that common, you can spot them.  This monument is in the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.  Baby Maurine, the infant son of R. P. and Anna A. Robbins, was … Continue reading

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Sea Shells

The most poignant and tender gravestones are those for children.  When one wanders through pilgrim and pioneer cemeteries, you notice just how many children’s graves there are.  Infant mortality rates were extremely high.  In the 1850s, the mortality rates for … Continue reading

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