Oval Chest Tomb

Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chest tombs which were common in 19th Century American graveyards were also referred to as false crypts because the coffin was not inside the chest tomb, but buried underneath underground.  This chest tomb is not in the traditional box-shaped false crypt but an oval.  As the chest tombs to the right show, they were constructed of many different materials, shapes, and sizes.

Sacred to Friendship

This tomb is erected to

the memory of

KATHERINE INGLIS

Who departed this life

July the 10th 1821

Aged 71 years.

And to

MARGARET McCALL

Who departed this life

March 22nd 1824

Aged seventy years.

United through life.  United in the grave.

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