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        LACROIX or LECROIX, Thomas
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

Buried Stamford Baron St. Martin, England (was Northamptonshire, now Lincolnshire)

    Altus in animo, in corpore maximus.
    In remembrance of that prodigy in Nature,
    Daniel Lambert.
    A native of Leicester, who was possessed of an exalted, convivial mind;
    and in personal greatness had no competitor;
    He measured 3 ft. 1 in. round the legs, 9 ft. 4 in. round the body,
    and weighed 52 st. 11 lb.
    He departed this life on the 21st June, 1809,
    Aged 39 years.
    As a testimony of respect, this stone is erected by his friends in Leicester.

    Source : Eaton 1900

LARSEN, Russell James
Burial: Logan City Cemetery, Logan, Cache County, Utah, USA

    Headstone : Front
    Russell J. Larsen
    Dec. 16, 1921
    Jan. 26, 1983
    World War 2 U.S. Navy 1942 to 1946

    Headstone : Back
    Two things I love most,
    good horses and beautiful
    women, and when I die I hope
    they tan this old hide of mine
    and make it into a ladies riding
    saddle so I can rest in peace
    between the two things I love

    Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #16419524

Buried Maryton, Angus, Scotland

    Wm. son of Wm. Lawrance, vintner, Usan, was drowned in a draw-well, Oct. 1787, a. 3 years : -
    Doth Infant's pain and death proclaim,
    That Adam did Rebel?
    His destiny declares the same,
    Being drowned in a Well.
    Let all who mourn his early death,
    Hate sin the fatal cause,
    And flee to Jesus Christ by faith
    Who saves from Satan's jaws.

    Source : Jervise 1875

LEA, Elizabeth
Buried : St. John's churchyard, Deptford, Kent, England.

    Here lies
    Intered the Body of
    Mrs. Elizabeth Lea,
    (widow of Richd. Lea Esqre.,
    and Daughter of
    Daniel Furzer Esqre.)
    who died Novr. ye 15th 1754,
    aged 42 Years.
    Also the Body of
    Mr. Phillip Hooker,
    Husband of the above
    Jane Hooker, who died
    May 14th 1778, aged 63 Years.

    These letters were
    Recut by John David Rolt,
    and Phillip Hooker, great-grandsons
    of Elizabeth Lea:

    Also the body of Benn. Hooker
    Great-grandson of the above
    Mr. Phillip Hooker;
    Obt. 7th Jany, 1852; aged 31 years.

    Source : Roffe 1859

LEAKE, Thomas
Buried : Blidworth, Hampshire, England

    Here rests T. Leake whos vertues were so known
    In all these parts, that this engraved stone
    Need naught relate but his untimely ende,
    Which was in single fight : whylste youth did lende
    His ayde to valor, hee wth ease orepast
    Many slyghte dangers greater than this laste.
    But wilfull fate in these things governs all.
    He towld out threescore yeares before his fall:
    Much of wh tyme hee wasted in this wood,
    Much of his wealth, and laste of all his blood.
    1608. Feb. 4.

    Source : Ravenshaw 1878

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

LEE, Joseph
Mathern Churchyard, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales

    To the memory of Joseph Lee, who died in 1825, aged 103 years.
    Joseph Lee is dead and gone,
    We Ne'er shall see him more;
    He used to wear an old drab coat,
    All buttoned down before.

    Source : Fairley 1873

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

LEVIEN, Henry (Esq.)
Buried : St Pancras, Middlesex, England.

    to the Memory of
    Mrs. Anne Watkins,
    an invaluable servant,
    and a faithful Friend.
    Who was Born 15th February, 1760,
    Departed this Life 22nd September, 1829
    Here also,
    in accordance with his wish,
    repose the mortal remains of
    Henry Levien, Esqre.,
    Who Died March 9th, 1843,
    aged 47 years.
    Few have departed this Life
    more deservedly Beloved.

    Source : Cansick 1869

LITTLE, Daniel
Buried in Kennebunk, Maine

    Rev. Daniel Little, 1801
    Memento Mori! preached his ardent youth,
    Memento Mori! spoke maturer years;
    Memento Mori! sighed his latest breath,
    Memento Mori! now this stone declares.

    Source : Kippax 1877

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

LIVINGSTON, William 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

LORIMER, Andrew mentioned in the epitaph of :
CRAN, Alexander
Buried in Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

    Erected by Sophia Stewart, in memory of her beloved husband, Alexander Cran, feuar in Cuminestown, who died 16th June 1833, aged 60 years, by mutual concent of Andrew Lorimer, his Successor.

    Source : Jervise 1875

LOW, Jane; wife of Matthew Spicer.
Buried at Saffron Walden Churchyard, Essex, England

    To the memory of
    Richard Ward Spicer
    Born May 13th 1789, Died June 25th 1853.
    Dudley Adcock Spicer
    Wife of the above,
    Born Decr. 28th 1790, Died Septr. 15th 1852.
    Also of their children,
    Matthew W. Spicer Born Septr. 28. 1812 Died May 3. 1852
    Sarah W. Spicer Born Feby. 26. 1814 Died June 5. 1814
    Richard Spicer Born Novr. 14. 1815 Died June 15. 1830
    Dudley Spicer Born July 20. 1818 Died June 26. 1827
    Harriett Spicer Born Augt. 10. 1820 Died Feby. 7. 1855
    Sarah Spicer Born May 6. 1822 Died Mar. 10. 1823
    William Spicer Born Feby. 21. 1824 Died Septr. 9. 1824
    George S. Spicer Born Septr. 21. 1825 Died Decr. 31. 1844
    Susannah Spicer Born May 30. 1827 Died Octr. 7. 1838
    Richard Spicer Born Octr. 30. 1830 Died May 4. 1833
    Dudley Spicer Born June 13. 1832 Died May 1. 1833
    Also Jane Wife of Matthew Spicer,
    And Daughter of Wm. Low of this Town,
    Who Died Octr. 13th 1852 Aged 37.

    Source : Maiben 1870

LUCAS Sarah; mentioned in the epitaph of :
HUNT, Ammey
Died 1769
Buried in Copp's Hill burial ground, Boston, Massachusetts

    A sister of Sarah Lucas lieth here,
    Whom I did Love most Dear;
    And now her Soul hath took its Flight,
    And bed her Spightful Foes good Night.

    Source : Norton 1921

LUTTRELL, Nicholas
Inscription : Saint Nectan, hamlet of Stoke, Town of Hartland, County of Devon, England

    If long consuming sicknesse be a deathe,
    I was long dead before I gave my breathe :
    But if in hopefull issue parents live,
    I'm not halfe dead, my beste part doth survive :
    Ther's noe life lost, my progeny hath this,
    My soule a better life enjoyes in blisse.
    Nicholas Luttrell. 1607.

    Source : Ravenshaw 1878

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