Category Archives: Symbolism

The “Hat” is the Clue.

CHARLES PETIT McILVAINE BISHOP FOR FORTY YEARS OF THE DIOCESE OF OHIO BORN JAN 18, 1799 DIED MAR 12, 1873 AGED 74 YEARS THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS ROM. VIII.I   EMILY COXE WITH … Continue reading

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Seated Hope

The representation of Hope can be easily found in American cemeteries.  Hope is most often portrayed as a woman standing and leaning against an anchor.  In these examples from the Spring grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hope is seated.    … Continue reading

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The Language of Flowers

The stained-glass window in the mausoleum in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia, features a trellis of red roses.  In Victorian times, flowers took on significance as a way to send coded messages; this was known as floriography from the Latin … Continue reading

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A Tiny Hand Print

Alice Hattie Wilkinson Born May 20, 1879 Died July 15, 1880 In the front row of the Brick Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery just outside of Greencastle in rural Putnam County Indiana, is a small, highly ornate monument with a … Continue reading

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“His Accidency”

JOHN TYLER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1841 1845 BORN IN CHARLES CITY COUNTY VA MARCH 29 1790 DIED IN THE CITY OF RICHMOND PRESIDENT JOHN TYLER MARRIED FIRST LETITIA CHRISTIAN BORN NOVEMBER 12 1790 DIED SEPTEMBER 10 1842 INTERRED … Continue reading

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Hoosier Artist

HENRY W LAWTON MAJOR GENERAL – U S V BORN MARCH 17, 1843 DIED DEC. 19, 1899 KILLED IN ACTION PHIIPPINE ISLANDS MARY C LAWTON WIFE OF HENRY W LAWTON The Henry Ware Lawton marker is in the Arlington National … Continue reading

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Immortality Symbols

IN MEMORY OF LOUISA B. FYFFE WIFE OF JEHU WILKINSON BORN AUGUST 19, 1844 DIED MARCH 5, 1880   REST IN PEACE The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced what was billed as ‘white bronze’ cemetery markers from the … Continue reading

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