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        DALE, John
Epitaph : Bakewell, Derbyshire, England

    In memory of John Dale.
    Know, all posterity, that in the year of grace 1797, the rambling
    remains of the above said John Dale were laid upon his two wives:

    This thing in life might cause some jealousy:
    Here all three lay together lovingly;
    But from embraces here no pleasure flows,
    Alike are here all human joys and woes.
    Here old John's rambling Sarah no more fears,
    And Sarah's chiding John no longer hears;
    A period's come to all their toilsome lives,
    The good man's quiet. Still are both his wives.

    Source : Fairley 1873


DANGERFIELD, Rodney; born Jacob COHEN
Comedian, actor
November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004
Buried : Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California

    Rodney
    Dangerfield
    There goes the neighborhood.

    Source : findagrave.com, Memorial # 9556754; wikipedia - Rodney Dangerfield


DANIELS, Bertha
South Burial Ground, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island

    1870 John Denby D.D.S. 1927
    His wife
    1873 Bertha Daniels 1949
    1901 John H. Denby 1958
    1903 Maurice A. Denby D.M.D. 1964
    1939 Gail A. Blackington 1970
    1913 Dorothy S. Denby 1979
    I'm filling my last cavity
    Me too

    Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 12139138


DARLING, Betsey
From a burying-ground in the vicinity of Boston (Copp's Hill Burial Ground)

    In memory of
    Betsey
    wife of David Darling
    died March 23d 1809, AE. 43.
    She was the Mother of 17 Children, and around
    her lies 12 of them, and two were lost at sea.
    Brother Sextons
    please to leave a clear birth (berth) for me
    near by this stone.

    Source : Kippax 1877


DARNBROUGH, William
Hartwith Chapel burial ground, Nidderdale, Yorkshire, England

    In memory of William Darnbrough, who for the last forty
    years of his life was sexton of this chapel. He died
    October 3rd, 1846, in the one hundreth year
    of his age,

    Thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. - Genesis xv. 15.
    The graves around for many a year
    Were dug by him who slumbers here, -
    Till worn with age, he dropped his spade,
    And in the dust his bones were laid.

    As he now, mouldering, shares the doom
    Of those he buried in the tomb;
    So shall he, too, with them arise,
    To share de judgment of the skies.

    Source : Andrews 1899


DAVENPORT, Daniel
An old sexton
Monumental inscription in Dorchester, Massachusetts

    This grave was dug and finished
    in the year 1833
    by
    Daniel Davenport
    when he had been sexton
    in Dorchester
    twenty-seven years,
    had attended 1135 funerals,
    and dug 734 graves

    As a sexton with my spade I learned
    To delve beneath the sod;
    Where body to the earth returned,
    But spirit to its God.
    Years twenty-seven this toil it bore,
    and midst deaths oft was spared.
    Seven hundred graves and thirty-four I dug.
    Then mine prepared.
    And when at last I too must die
    Some else the bell will toll;
    As here my mortal relics lie,
    May heaven receive my soul.

    Note : He continued to perform the duties of sexton until 1852, and died in 1860 - twenty-seven years after digging his grave.

    Source : Kippax 1877


DAVIS, Basil
Memorial inscription : Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Basil, child of Jos. Davis
    & Fleuvis Davis. Died
    On August, 1864, aged 4 years, & 4 mths & 18 days.
    Struck
    by
    Thunder

    Source : Kippax 1877


DAVIS, Mary
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

DAVIS, Nathan and Elizabeth
Norfolk, Connecticut

    Lieut. Nathan Davis
    Died in 1781
    Death is a debt that's justly due,
    That I have paid and so must you.

    Elizabeth, wife of Nathan Davis
    Died in 1786
    This debt I owe is justly due,
    And I am come to sleep with you.

    Source : Safford 1900


DEAN, Charles John
Buried at Chelmsford Churchyard, Essex, England

    Charles John Dean
    Born Decr 10 - 1816
    Died Augt 26 - 1846

    Life Came - how? whence? None save its Fount may tell,
    It Went - as moments vanish, which though gone,
    Are Still a part of the inscrutable
    Eternity, and circle round its throne,
    A chain from which no link hath ever flown :
    And may not Everlasting Life too claim
    It's emanations - harvest from the sown -
    Spray from It's water-drops - light from It's flame -
    As glorious rainbows rise where darkest clouds first came.

    Source : Maiben 1870


DEAN, Stephen
Buried in Chelmsford Churchyard, Essex, England

    Reader - if thou art fatherless, revere
    This sacred spot - A Father lieth here,
    Enough why bare an aching heart to thee?
    Thou knowest, feelest all my agony.

    Stephen Dean
    Born December 17th 1772
    Died August 15th 1832

    His enemy might write his epitaph,
    Still would his spirit based on rectitude,
    Stand firm - Integrity's Colossus o'er
    Slander's eternal stream - beyond all reach.

    Source : Maiben 1870


DENBY, John; John H.; Maurice A. Dorothy S.
South Burial Ground, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island

    1870 John Denby D.D.S. 1927
    His wife
    1873 Bertha Daniels 1949
    1901 John H. Denby 1958
    1903 Maurice A. Denby D.M.D. 1964
    1939 Gail A. Blackington 1970
    1913 Dorothy S. Denby 1979
    I'm filling my last cavity
    Me too

    Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 12139138


DEWEY, Jedidiah
Buried in Bennington, Vermont

    In memory of the rev. mr. Jedidiah Dewey, first pastor of the church in Bennington,
    who, after a laborious life in the gospel ministry, risigned his office in God's temple
    for the sublime employment of immortality, 21 December, 1778, in the 65 year of his age.

    Of comfort no man speak!
    Let's talk of graves, and worms, and epitaphs,
    Make dust our paper, and with rainy eyes,
    Write sorrow in the bosom of the earth.

    Source : Alden 1814 v.2


DIGBY, Elisabeth and Robert; mentioned in the epitaph of
BERNARD, Robert
Inscription : North aisle of Abington Church near Northampton, Northamptonshire, England

    To the Memory of Sir Robt. Bernard Knt. & Bart. Serjeant at Law, Son
    of Francis Bernard Esq; who was 2d Son of Francis Bernard Esq; Lord
    of this Mannor. He was twice very happy; first, in the marriage of
    Elisabeth Tallakerne daughter of Sr. John Tallakerne, by whom he had
    many Sons & daughters. & after her decease, he was very happy a Second
    time in the marriage of Elisabeth Digby, Relict of Robert Ld Digby,
    who was a good Mother though she had no Children. But he was most
    happy in that not weary at all of this Life he was willing to depart
    to a better in the 66th. year of his Age.
    A.D. 1666.
    His Body lies interred near this Monument, which was due to so good
    a Father from his Eldest Son & Heir Sr. John Bernard Knt.

    Source : Le Neve 1718


DIXON, George; a youth
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

DOIDGE, Bartholomew and Joan
Epitaph : Milton Abbot, Devon, England

    To Bartholomew Doidge - And Joan his wife.
    Joan was buried the 1st day of Feby.' 1681.
    Bartholomew was buried the 12th day fo Feby.' 1681.
    She first deceas'd - he a little try'd
    To live without her - lik'd it not, and died.

    Source : Norfolk 1866


DORM, John ; mentioned in the epitaph of
CONSTABLE, Philip
From Yorkshire
Inscription in Steeple Barton Church, Oxfordshire

    Here lyeth the Body of Sr. Philip
    Constable of Everingham in the County
    of York Baronet, whose whole Estate
    was confiscated by the Usurpers for
    his Loyalty to K. Charles the first.
    He died Febr. 25. Anno Dno 1664.
    This Sr. Philip was Father to Katherine
    Wife of Edward Sheldon of Steeple
    Barton Esq; which Edward was Son
    of Ralph, and he the younger son of
    Edward Sheldon of B... and he
    the son and heir of Ralph Sheldon
    of the said place, in Com. Wig...
    which last purchased one of the
    three Mannors in Steeple Barton
    of the Dorms whith the house
    belonging thereto (built by John
    Dorm) which is now possest by
    Ralph Sheldon, Son and heir of
    Edward Sheldon by Katherine
    Constable his Wife.

    Source : Le Neve 1718


DUNBAR, Eliza; wife of Captain Tod
Died in 1804
Buried : St. Cuthbert's churchyard, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

    Ah! whither fled, ye dear illusions, say?
    Lo! pale and silent lies the lovely clay.
    How are the roses on that cheek decayed,
    Which beauty's bloom to every eye displayed?
    Health on her form each sprightly grace bestowéd,
    With life and thought each speaking feature glowéd.
    Fair was the blossom, soft the vernal sky,
    Elate with hope, we deeméd no tempest nigh;
    When lo! a whirlwind's instantaneous gust
    Left all its beauties withering in the dust.

    Source : Rogers 1871 v.1


DUNN, Joseph
Buried in a Methodist cemetery in Maryland

    In memory of Joseph Dunn, who departed this life
    July 14, 1803, aged 24 years. He was a tender father
    and a loving husband.

    Like as the bud nipt off the tree,
    So death has parted you and me!
    Therefore, dear wife, I you beseech
    Be satisfi'd for I am rich.

    Source : Memoirs 1806


DUNN, Rhoda I. (nee FLIPPIN)
Fraim Cemetery, Flippin, Monroe County, Kentucky

    Rhoda I.
    Wife of
    H.B. Dunn
    and dau'r of
    James & Isabel
    Flippin
    Born
    Aug. 18, 1826
    Died
    Sept. 17, 1863
    Three children on
    the North side one
    on the South

    Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 61416173


DURHAM, Thomas
Buried in a Methodist cemetery in Maryland

    In memory of Thomas Durham, who departed this
    life 22d of January 1805, aged 35 years and 10 days.
    He was a tender father and loving husband.

    Like as the bud nipt off the tree,
    So death has parted you and me;
    Therefore, dear wife, I you beseech
    Be satisfi'd for I am rich.

    Also his and Mary's son Samuel Durham, who departed
    this life the 16th of September 1804, aged 17 months and 2 days.

    Source : Memoirs 1806


DUTTON, Elizabeth and Delaval; NEALE, Henry and Christian.
Cheam churchyard, Surrey, England.

    Here lyes ye bodyes of Christian
    the wife of Henry Neale, of Cheame,
    who was buried ye 29th of March 1664.
    And ye said Henry Neale, who was
    buried ye 29th of August 1675.
    Also their daughter Elizabeth Dutton,
    who was murdered ye 13th of July 1687,
    by her Neighbour, indeavering to
    make peace between him & his
    wife: aged 53 years.

    Here lyes ye best of wives of mothers & of friends,
    Whose soul too good for Earth, in heaven attends;
    With Joy and comfort till the day of doom,
    When all her virtuous deeds shall thither come.
    To save her Neighbour, she has split her blood;
    And like her Saviour, died for doing good.
    May that Curst hand forget itself to feed,
    That made its benefack-tour thus to bleed.

    Here lyes also ye body of Delaval
    Dutton her son, who departed this
    life the 22 of May 1689.

    Source : Roffe 1859


DUTTON, William
Buried in Sherborne Church, Gloucestershire, England

    Here resteth the body of John Dutton, Son and heir Apparent of William
    Dutton Esq; and Mary his Wife. He was buried the 8. day of Nov. 1664.

    Source : Le Neve 1718


DYER, William
Buried in Colmworth, Bedfordshire, England.
Monument inside the church erected in 1641 by Lady Dyer, his wife.

    My dearest dust, could not thy hasty day
    Afford thy drowsy patience leave to stay
    One hour longer, so that we might either
    Have set up, or gone to bed together!
    But since thy finished labour hath possessed
    Thy weary limbs with early rest,
    Enjoy it sweetly; and thy widow bride
    Shall soon repose her by thy slumbering side!
    Whose business now is to prepare
    My nightly dress and call to prayer.
    Mine eyes wax heavy, and the days grow old,
    The dew falls thick - my blood grows cold: -
    Draw, draw the closed curtains, and make room,
    My dear, my dearest dust, I come, I come.

    Source : Norfolk 1866




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