Category Archives: Symbolism

The Gift of a Pineapple

North Bend, Ohio, is where the tomb of William Henry Harrison is located across from the Congressional Green Cemetery which draws the odd history buff to its grounds in search of the ninth president’s grave.  As a president, Harrison is … Continue reading

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A Small Stairway to Heaven

There is a weathered marble gravestone with the words, “Children of H. A. and S. A. Smith” carved into the plinth.  The small white marble gravestone is in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Washington, Indiana.  Unfortunately, the marble is so … Continue reading

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Grave Marker Erector Set

DR. WILLIAM HANNA DIED JANUARY 8, 1878 AGED 33 YRS. 9 MOS. 22 DAYS HUSBAND & FATHER, WE MISS THEE. WE SHALL NOT MEET AGAIN, GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD. The tallest … Continue reading

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A Bow and an Arrow

JAKOB ZONDLER Geb. J. 28, Dec. 1829 Gest. J. 25. Marz 1873 Aged 43 Jahre 3 mo. & 27 Tag. The small rounded-top tablet of Jakob Zondler, a German American buried in the Congressional Green Cemetery in North Bend, Ohio, … Continue reading

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The Coded Messages of Flowers

NATHANIEL MERION. 1814 – 1877. — HIS WIFE MADELINE MERION, 1823 – 1883. The gravestone for Nathaniel and Madeline Merion can be found in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio.  Atop the base is the statue of a mourning … Continue reading

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Neo-Classical Angel

The neo-classical angel on this white marble gravestone in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, looks downward with a sorrowful expression as she leans against the torch, the flames curling at its base.   The beautifully carved bas-relief angel is … Continue reading

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The Crown and the Angel

Elisabeth L. Roark wrote an article about cemetery angels titled, “Embodying Immortality: Angels in America’s Rural Garden Cemeteries, 1850—1900”, pages 56 – 111, 2007 edition of Markers, XXIV, in which she categorized the eight most commonly found types of graveyard angels—grouped … Continue reading

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Ben-Hur

In 1959, MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) released the epic film, Ben-Hur, which was the most expensive motion picture produced up to that time—costing slightly over 15 million dollars!  As the expression goes, it had a cast of thousands, literally.  10,000 extras were … Continue reading

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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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