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        GALLEGO, Mary (Mrs Joseph Gallego)
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

GANN Family
Burial: Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Sigourney, Keokuk County, Iowa, USA

    Edward Russell Gann, M.D.
    July 19, 1917 - Nov. 10, 1983

    “I'd rather be in Acapulco”

    Jeanne S. Gann
    Dec. 11, 1916

    Peter Mason Gann
    Jan. 28, 1951 - May 7, 1995

    Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #48334970

Monumental inscription in New York, New York

    At Sandy Hook lie interred the remains of the honourable Hamilton Douglas
    Halliburton, son of Sholto Charles, earl of Morton, and heir of the
    ancient family fo Halliburton, of Pitcurr, in Scotland, who perished on
    this coast, with twelve more young gentlemen and one common seaman, in
    the spirited discharge of duty, on the 30 or 31 of December, 1783, born,
    the 10 of October, 1763, a youth, who in contempt of hardship or danger,
    though possessed of an ample fortune, served seven years in the British
    navy, with manly courage, and seemed to deserve a better fate. This
    plain monumental stone is erected by his unhappy mother, Katharine,
    countess dowager of Morton, to his dear memory and that of his unfortunate
    companions, James Champion, lieutenant of marines; Alexander Johnstone,
    George Paddy, Robert Haywood, midshipman; Charles Gascoigne, Andrew
    Hamilton, William Scott, David Reddie, William Tomlinson, William Spry,
    John M'Chain, Robert Wood, young gentlemen; George Towers, common seaman;
    cast away, all found dead and frozen, and buried in one grave.

    Source : Alden 1814 v.1

GATEWOOD, Sarah or Sally
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

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

GAY, Timothy
Died in 1799, aged 36 years.
Buried in Copp's Hill burial ground, Boston, Massachusetts

    He was diligent in business, faithful
    to his friends, and affectionate to his family.
    "Life little Stage is a small Eminence,
    Inch high the Grave above; that Home of Man,
    Where dwells the Multitude: We gaze around;
    We read their Monuments; We sigh; and while
    We sigh, we sink, and are what we deplor'd."

    Source : Norton 1921

Died in 1818
Buried : Bury St. Edmunds Churchyard, Suffolk, England

    Here lies the remains of L. Gedge, Printer.
    Like a worn-out character, he has returned to the Founder,
    Hoping that he will be re-cast in a better and
    more perfect mould.

    Source : Andrews 1899

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

GIB, Adam
Buried in Greyfriars churchyard, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

    Sacred to the memory of the Rev. Adam Gib, an able and faithful
    minister of Christ; endued with a large share of natural talent,
    improved by education, study, and use : in language concise,
    clear, nervous, and expressive; with freedom, acuteness, zeal, and
    assiduity, he long preached the pure doctrines of the Gospel, and
    contended to instruct, warn, and reprove a degenerate and declining
    age. Born 15 April, 1714, he died on the 14th of June, 1788, aetatis 74.

    Source : Rogers 1871 v.1

GIBBON, James (Esq.)
Lieutenant in the navy of the United States
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

Died in 1611.
Monumental inscription : Wood Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England

    Anne Gibson
    Mentis vis Magna
    What, is she dead? doth hee survive?
    No, both are dead, and both alive.
    She lives, hee's dead, by love, through grievinge:
    In him, for her, yet dead, yet living.
    Both dead and living? then what is gone?
    One halfe of both, not any one.

    One Mind, one Faith, one Hope, one Grave:
    In Life, in Death, they had, & still they have.
    Amor coniugalis aeternus.

    Source : Ravenshaw 1878

GIBSON, Eleanor (Mrs.) Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

Gravestone in Milton Regis, Kent, England

    Here lyeth the body of SIMON GILKER Junior who was killed by means of a Rockett November 5, 1696 AGED 48 Years. Also the body of Elizabeth his wife

    Source : Martin Beckford : BBC reveals Britain's most unusual epitaphs. The Telegraph (UK), September 24, 2007.

GIRARDIN, Mary (Mrs.) and her child
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

Buried in Darfield Church, Yorkshire, England.

    Here lyeth buried the Body of Kathe-
    rine the daughter of Will. Willoughby Esqr;
    eldest son of Charles Ld Willoughby Baron
    of Parham, Wife to Joseph Godfrey of Thorock
    in the County of Lincolne Esqr; 27 yeares
    1 Month and 21 dayes his Widow; Dyed 15th
    Aug. Ao. Dni. 1658. Aged about 75 yeares. Wil-
    loughby Godfrey of Ederthorpe second Son
    to her, having decently seene her interred
    did erect this, as his last duty, with her
    due armories.

    Source : Le Neve 1718

GOFF or GRAFF, Fanny
A woman of colour
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

GOFF, John
Died February 26, 1807, aged 44 years.
Buried in Copp's Hill burial ground, Boston, Massachusetts

    My glass is run, my life is spent
    My earthly temple was but lent;
    Why should I wish a length of years,
    To spend in such a vale of tears.

    Source : Norton 1921

Buried : Dartmouth churchyard, Devon, England

    Thomas Goldsmith, who died 1714.
    He commanded the “Snap Dragon,” as Privateer belonging to this port,
    in the reign of Queen Anne, in which vessel he turned pirate, and
    amass'd much riches.

    Men that are virtuous serve the Lord;
    And the Devil's by his friends ador'd;
    and as they merit get a place
    Amidst the bless'd or hellish race;
    Pray then, ye learned clergy show
    Where can this brute, Tom Goldsmith, go?
    Whose life was one continued evil,
    Striving to cheat God, Man, and Devil.

    Source : Andrews 1899

GOODWYN, William
Hackney churchyard, Middlesex, England

    Here lies the body of
    William Goodwyn, Esqr.
    who was purser of
    his Majesty's ship
    when that vessel
    was shipwrecked on the
    in the Mediterranean,
    on the 20th October, 1806:
    and was several years
    afterwards, purser of
    his Majesty's yacht,
    Prince Regent.
    He died on the 20th April, 1826:
    aged 57 years.

    Source : Roffe 1859

GOODYER, Sir Henry
Died in 1604
Buried in Hadley, Middlesex

    An ill yeare of a Goodyer us bereft
    Who gon to God, much lacke of him here left:
    Full of good gifts, of bodye and of mynde,
    Wyse, comlie, lernede, eloquent, and kinde.

    Source : Ravenshaw 1878

GOYEN, Susanna
Buried in Dunstable Church, Bedfordshire, England

    Heer lyeth ye body of Susanna Goyen the Wife
    of John Goyen, who dyed ye 9th day of December
    1657. Her walking was _evel, Maid & Wife, as
    Ever was within the town of Minehead.
    Cursed be thay yt causeth Srtiff betweene Man &
    Wife, the Spirit of God knoweth yt I am free from
    there firy lying Tongues. those yt God hath brought
    together in trew Love let no ma put A sundr.

    Source : Le Neve 1718

GRAFF or GOFF, Fanny
A woman of colour
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

GRAHAM, John; mentioned in the epitaph of :
Parish of Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, Scotland

    Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of Jean Cochrane,
    Viscountess of Dundee, wife of the Honourable W. Livingston, of
    Kilsyth, and of their infant son. Their deaths were caused by the
    falling in of the roof, composed of turf, of a house in Holland.
    Mr. Livingston was with difficulty extricated. The Lady, her child,
    and the nurse were killed. This occured in the month of October,
    MDCXCV (1695). In MDCCXCV (1795), the vault over which the church at that
    time stood having been accidentally opened, the bodies of Lady Dundee
    and her son, which had been embalmed and sent from Holland, were found
    in a remarkable state of preservation. After being for some time
    exposed to view, the vault was closed. This lady was the daughter
    of William, Lord Cochrane, who predeceased his father, William, first
    earl of Dundonald. She married, first, John Graham, of Claverhouse,
    Viscount of Dundee, who was killed at the battle of Lillicrankie,
    MDCLXXXIX (1689); and secondly, the Honourable William Livingston, who
    succeeded his brother as third Viscount of Kilsyth in MDCCVI (1706). Lord
    Kilsyth married, secondly, a daughter of Macdougal, of Makerstoun,
    but dying under attainder at Rome in MDCCXXXIII (1733), without surviving
    issue, this noble family became extinct. This stone was erected by
    Sir Archibald Edmonston, of Duntreath, Bart., MDCCCL (1850).

    Source : Rogers 1871 v.2

GRAUNT, John. Mentionned in the monumental inscription of :
RUDYERD, Benjamin
Buried in West Woodhay Church, Berkshire, England

    John Graunt in memory of his Deare &
    Honoured Master Sr. Benjamin Rudy
    -erd Knight, hath affixed this Stone over
    his Grave wth. this Epitaph made by
    Sr. Benjamin in his
    younger years.
    Fond World leave off this foolish trick,
    Of making Epitaphs upon the dead,
    Rather go write them on the quick,
    Whose Souls in earthly flesh lye buried.
    For in this Grave lyes nought of me
    But my Souls Grave, two Graves well turn'd to one,
    Thus do I live from death made free.
    Trust me, good friend, I am not dead, but gone
    To goe, & Christ my Saviour alone.

    He was borne on St. Stevens day 1572, and
    died ye last of May Ano. Domi. 1658. leaving
    William Rudyerd Esq; his only
    Son & Heire.

    Source : Le Neve 1718

GREEN, Miss Ann Morton
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

GREENHOW, Ann (Mrs. Robert Greehow)
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

Buried in an Episcopal cemetery in Maryland

    Departed this life, of the prevailing fever, Miss Nelly Greeves, on the 22d of September 1800, in the 17th year of her age.
    Dear reader as you pass by,
    On those few lines do cast an eye,
    As you are now so once was I.
    My former services being gone and past,
    I was doom'd into an hospital to be cast,
    Or else upon the street to lye,
    There like a brute beast to die.
    Thus by friends and relations forsaken,
    By a true friend under protection was taken.
    For whom to God my prayers I offer,
    And hope the Almighty will him prosper,
    And crown his days with blessings sweet,
    Until in heaven we both do meet.

    Source : Memoirs 1806

GREGORY, Charles; and Charlotte his daughter
Leicester Cemetery, Leicestershire, England

    to the memory of
    Charles Gregory
    Who died Octr. 8th. 1863,
    Aged 76 Years
    Charlotte Gregory
    Daughter of the above
    Who died Octr. 8th. 1863,
    Aged 30 Years

    She nobly sacrificed her life in vainly attempting to rescue her Father from poisonous gas in a cistern, and thus ended a vrituous life in an act of paternal affection.

    They stood one moment in lifes glow,
    The next both sire and child lay low:
    He breathed the gas's fatal breaths,
    She rushed to save but rushed to death:
    We found her stretched upon his breast,
    And thus we lay them down to rest:
    And breathe our prayer in humble faith,
    Be death in life their life in death.

    Source : Maiben 1870

GRIFFIN, Martha or Patsy
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

Entertainer, businessman, TV show host.
Burial: Westwood Memorial Park. Los Angeles. Los Angeles County. California, USA

    I will not be right back
    after this message
    July 6, 1925 - August 12, 2007

    Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #20909851

Great Yarmouth churchyard, Norfolk, England

    To the memory of George Griffiths, of the Shropshire Militia, who died
    Feb. 26th, 1807, in consequence of a blow received in a quarrel with
    his comrade.
    Time flies away as nature on its wing,
    I in a battle died (not for my King).
    Words with my brother soldier did take place,
    Which shameful is, and always brings disgrace.
    Think not the worse of him who doth remain,
    For he as well as I might have been slain.

    Source : Andrews 1899

Buried Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Mrs. Martha Guifford, 1810.

    Sickness sore, long time I bore
    Physician's skill in vain,
    Till God revealed his tender love
    And took away my pain.

    And now, I at my anchor ride,
    With many of the fleet;
    Once more, again, I will set sail
    My Saviour Christ to meet.

    Source : Eaton 1900

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

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