Category Archives: Symbolism

Frighten the evil spirits

Robert H. Richards January 18, 1830 – September 16, 1888 Josephine A. Rankin Richards August 12, 1833 – December 14, 1910 The Robert H. Richards mausoleum, built by H. Q. French and Company of New York, in the Oakland Cemetery … Continue reading

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A Big Comfy Chair

Horace Francis Ebert 1853 – 1893 Mary Ellen Dennett Bachelder Ebert 1855 – 1905 Edith L. Ebert Mulno 1873 – 1899   The Ebert Family gravestone in the Lowell, Massachusetts City Cemetery, is a remarkable replica of a tufted chair … Continue reading

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Profusion of Symbols

JULIET. Wife of ELISHA RODGERS Died June 8, 1849: AGED 29 ys 7m & 8 ds. I recently went looking for the Upper Mound Cemetery just to the West of Covington, Indiana.  Even though I located it on the map, … Continue reading

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INRI

In Covington, Indiana, there are two small cemeteries at the North edge of town—Prescott Grove Cemetery and St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  The two are on the same plot of land but separated by a common road that leads into the cemeteries … Continue reading

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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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