Coffin-shaped Table Top Tomb

Somerset Cemetery, Somerset, Ohio

The coffin-shaped tombstone in the photograph is also a type of gravestone called a table tomb for an obvious reason—it looks like a table. Usually the table tomb has four or six legs supporting a stone tablet which carries the inscription of the deceased. In this case, the coffin-shaped table top is supported by two blocks.  A large medallion carries the inscription on the widest part of the gravestone:

Sacred to



Late consort of the Rev. Samuel Hamilton who

Departed this life in joyful expectation of a

Better, on the 29th of March, A.D. 1832 Aged

33 Years, 7 months and 26 days.

Oh, Woman

I with thee did fix my lot.

Willing to undergo like doom.

When death consorted with thee

Death was to me as life

So forcible in my heart I felt

The bonds of nature draw me to

my own.

Note: I first saw the gravestone above on the Website:  Beth Santore, the Webmaster gave me great directions to find the cemetery.  I was just in Ohio Monday and snapped some pictures of the gravestone for myself.  I highly recommend her Website, especially for those tramping around Ohio graveyards!

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