Category Archives: Zinc Markers

Skull and Crossbones

The zinc KEESE Family Monument in the Rock Creek Cemetery at Washing D.C. displays symbols representing The Knights of Pythias—a knight’s helmet surmounts a shield with a skull and crossbones and three letters, “F”, “C”, and “B”, which stand for … Continue reading

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Government Issue

13615. CAPT. DAN’L M. KEYS INDEPENDENT WEST VA. RANGERS. In national military cemeteries across the United States standing tall and straight are rows of “Government Issue” white marble gravestones. Those gravestones are a third iteration. Not long after the start … Continue reading

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Portraits in Zinc

The Monumental Bronze Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produced cast zinc cemetery markers billed as “white bronze”.  The company set up their first subsidiary in Detroit, Michigan. Others followed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, St. Thomas, Ontario, Des Moines, and Chicago. The Chicago subsidiary … Continue reading

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The Plow

  JAMES PATTERSON BORN OCT. 10, 1823, DIED JUNE 11, 1886 Gone but not forgotten JOHN PATTERSON DIED AUG. 13, 1873, AGED 76 YRS. 4 MOS. 9 DYS. SARAH, WIFE OF JOHN PATTERSON, DIED SEPT. 5, 1854, IN THE 46TH … Continue reading

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Coming Apart at the Seams

SARAH ELLIS DAUGHTER OFJ.A. & S. B. LAURIE, DIED FEB. 12, 1879 AGED 19 YRS, & 3 MOS.   TAKE THEM O FATH ER IN THINE ARMS AND MAY THEY HENCEFORTH BE A MESSENGER OF LOVE BETWEEN, OUR HUMAN HEARTS … Continue reading

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A calm and undisturbed repose

FRANCIS WIFE OF WILLIAM GESS BORN FEB. 27, 1813 DIED JAN. 27, 1888 AGED 75 YEARS   Asleep in Jesus; Blessed sleep. From which none ever wakes to weep A calm and undisturbed repose Unbroken by the last of foes. … Continue reading

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The G.A.R. Badge

ALEXANDER ST. CLAIR FEB. 24, 1828. SEPT. 25, 1900. 2ND. LEUT. CO. I. 43, U.S. C. INF. 16TH. PENN. CAV. No other event in the 19th Century had a larger affect on America than the Civil War.  It tore the country … Continue reading

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