Monthly Archives: August 2013

Winged Cherubs

JOHN ADAMS BLANCHARD BORN IN BOSTON APRIL 6, 1842 DIED IN FLORENCE ITALY MARCH 25, 1885 GEORGE DOYLE, HIS SON DIED APRIL 12, 1875 [illegible] 16 MONTHS The white marble sarcophagus tomb in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery at Cambridge, Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Grief

WM. N. WORTHINGTON, DIED JUNE 30th, 1871 AGED 29 I SHALL GO TO HIM, BUT HE SHALL NOT RETURN TO ME.   “Grief” is a statue designed by Edward V. Valentine for the William Worthington monument in the Hollywood Cemetery … Continue reading

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An Empty Bassinet

MARY WIGGLESWORTH BORN JAN. 29, 1883. DIED DEC. 19, 1884. The intricately-carved white marble gravestone of Mary Wigglesworth, who died just shy of her first birthday, is an empty bassinet, her inscription on the pillow.  The symbolism is obvious.  The … Continue reading

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The hand that belonged to John Hancock

THIS MEMORIAL ERECTED A. D. MDCCCXCV  BY THE COM MONWEALTH OF MASSACHU SETTS TO MARK THE GRAVE OF JOHN HANCOCK   An impressive stele in the Granary Burying Ground marks the grave of John Hancock (January 23, 1737-October 8, 1793).  … Continue reading

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Mother Goose…Believe it or not?

HERE LYES Ye BODY OF MARY GOOSE WIFE TO ISAAC GOOSE; AGED 42 YEARS DEC’D OCTOBER Ye 19th 1690 Here lyeth also susana goose Ye [illegible] aged 15 mo died August .[illegible]. 1687 According to some, namely a 1930s travel writer, … Continue reading

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Anchored in the haven of Rest

Anchor’d in the haven of Rest In Memory of JABEZ SMITH Jun,r Lieu,t of Marines On board the Continental Ship Trumbull Born in Groton State of Connecticutt August 31, 1751 Departed this Life in Boston June 28, 1780  The death’s … Continue reading

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The King of Terrors takes a rest

HERE LYES BURIED THE BODY OF MRS. ELIZABETH IRELAND WIFE TO MR. WILLIAM IRELAND AGED 52 YEARS DEC’D. OCT. Ye 12, 1738. Many symbols in the graveyard are meant to remind passersby that life is short and that all will … Continue reading

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