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Memorial for a Man of the Church

IN LOVING MEMORY OF REV. WM. P. KIRBY BORN IN LISTOWEL APRIL 15, 1860. ORDAINED MARCH 17, 1883. DIED FEB. 2, 1904. R. I. P. The marker for the Rev. Kirby in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California, is … Continue reading

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Their Little Angel

ALICE MAY PARKER DIED DECEMBER 20TH 1861 IN THE 13TH YEAR OF HER AGE. A friend of mine recently shared with me that her first husband passed away when she was 23.  Her husband was 24 and their daughter was … Continue reading

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In the small Bethel Cemetery in rural Harrison County, Iowa, is a double tablet gravestone commemorating the graves of two children. GEO MARQUIS DIED NOV. 19, 1879 AGED 6 YEARS & 9 MONTHS   MINNIE M. DIED DEC. 29, 1879 … Continue reading

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The Willows

IN memory of Eliza Hammond who Departed this life … 18th 1854, in the 17th year of her … Remember friends as you pass by As you are now, so once was I, As I am now so you must … Continue reading

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Weeping Angel, Additional Examples

William Wetmore Story (February 12, 1819 – October 7, 1895), the son of Joseph Story—Supreme Court Justice from 1811—1845, was a multi-talented Renaissance man. Story was an editor, poet, art critic, and an incredible sculptor. Though trained as a lawyer … Continue reading

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Swan Song

The intricately carved white swan set on a highly polished black granite base in the Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana, is only second such gravestone I have come across, likely carved by the same stone carver—the other in … Continue reading

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The Church Window

Generally, I write about older gravestones from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  I usually find them to be more interesting with symbolism that is intriguing and sometimes forgotten or obscure.  Or I write about statuary found in graveyards that … Continue reading

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