The Column, Take 2

THIS MONUMENT

ERECTED BY THE SURVIVORS

TO THEIR DECEASED PARENTS

BROTHERS AND SISTERS

The memory of the just is blessed.

Prov. 10 – 7.

WILLIAM McKEE

DIED IN ABINGDON, V.

MAY 12st 1833.

AGED 50 YEARS

PHEBE ELIZA

WIFE OF

WILLIAM McFEE

DIED IN ABINGDON

JUNE 4th 1825.

AGED 31 YEARS.

DECATUR

THEIR SON

IN ABINGDON, JAN. –

JULIA ANN,

THEIR DAUGHTER DIED IN NEW YORK

APRIL 1826, AGED 13 YEARS

HENRY OGDEN

THEIR SON,

DROWNED NEAR KINGSPORT, TENN

ON THE 25th JULY 1819

AGED 28 YEARS

SARAH CLAIBORNE

WIFE OF

H.O. McKEE,

DIED IN ABINGDON, DEC. 21st 18—

AGED 20 YEARS.

The McKee family graves, in the Sinking Spring Cemetery at Abingdon, Virginia, is marked by a broken column.   The broken column symbolizes early death and was a common motif in the 18th and 19th centuries. The wreath at the top of the column symbolizes victory over death. The fluted columns and the bas-relief of the mourning figure wearing diaphanous robes at the base of the monument are part of a neo-classical design.

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