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        MacMAHON, Terenc
Buried in St Pancras churchyard, Middlesex, England.

    Under this tomb is interred
    ye Body of Terenc MacMahon,
    Gent. who departed this life in
    the 45 year of his age 1710: this
    tomb was erected at ye sole
    charge of his loving wife Sarah
    MacMahon, it being the
    desire of ye deceased to be
    interred here in hopes of a joy
    full resurrection. Requieset in pace.

    Source : Cansick 1869


MACDOUGAL, ...; mentioned in the epitaph of :
COCHRANE, Jean
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


MACKENZIE, John
Monumental inscription : Lady Yester's Churchyard, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

    Translated from Latin :
    Here, or elsewhere, perhaps nowhere, are to be laid up the
    bones of John Mackenzie and Margaret Hay, mutually loving
    with chaste care - rewards of their faith, not works in humble hope
    expecting. For this square place, extending to five elnes, from the
    town council, to bury them and their heirs they obtained in the
    year of the Sun of Righteousness 1702.

    Source : Rogers 1871 v.1


MACNEMARA, Daniel; and MOLONY, Denis
Buried in St Pancras churchyard, Middlesex, England.

    In Deo solo et non in arcu meo sperabo.
    Here lyes the Body of Denis Molony, Esqr
    who departed this life unmarried
    the 11 of December in the year
    of our Lord 1726 being the 77th
    year of his age having allways
    Lived faithfull to God King and
    country
    Requiescat in Pace
    Amen.
    Hibernus,
    Here lyes also the Body of Daniel Macnemara, Esq
    Who Erected this Tomb
    and was nephew and executor to the above mentioned
    Molony who departed this life the 8th of June
    in the year of our Lord God 1730,
    Aged 42 years. Requiescat in Pace. Amen.

    Source : Cansick 1869


MAGEE, James; mentionned in the epitaph of :
MANN, Herbert
Buried at Attleborough, Massachusetts

    In memory of doctor Herbert Mann, who, with 119 sailors, with capt.
    James Magee Master, went on board the brig, General Arnold, in Boston
    harbour, 25 December 1778, hoisted sail, made for sea, and were,
    immediately, overtaken by the most tremendous snow storm with cold,
    that was ever known in the memory of man, and, unhappily, parted their
    cable in Plymouth harbour, in a place called the Cow Yard. and he with
    about 100 others was frozen to death, 66 of whom were buried in one
    grave. He was in the 21 year of his age. And now, Lord God Almighty,
    just and true are all thy ways, but who can stand before thy cold?

    Source : Alden 1814 v.3


MAINWARING, William and Martha
Buried in Nantwich Church, epitaph on a tablet fixed to the east wall of the South Cross.

    Here lyeth interred the body of William Mainwaring of Wiche Malbanke gent.
    who died on the 22th day of Aprill 1637. As also of Martha his Wife
    daughter unto Thomas Mainwaring of the same place Gent She died on the
    7th day of September 1658. leaving issue only one daughter Anne wife
    to John Brock gent both now living.

    Source : Le Neve 1718


MANN, Herbert
Buried at Attleborough, Massachusetts

    In memory of doctor Herbert Mann, who, with 119 sailors, with capt.
    James Magee Master, went on board the brig, General Arnold, in Boston
    harbour, 25 December 1778, hoisted sail, made for sea, and were,
    immediately, overtaken by the most tremendous snow storm with cold,
    that was ever known in the memory of man, and, unhappily, parted their
    cable in Plymouth harbour, in a place called the Cow Yard. and he with
    about 100 others was frozen to death, 66 of whom were buried in one
    grave. He was in the 21 year of his age. And now, Lord God Almighty,
    just and true are all thy ways, but who can stand before thy cold?

    Source : Alden 1814 v.3


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

MARKS, Zepporah (wife of Mordecai Marks)
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

MARKUNAS, Elizabeth M.
Burial: Saint Francis De Sales Cemetery, Lenni, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA

    Elizabeth M.
    Markunas
    1932-1993
    “Nobody ever listened
    to me”

    Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #25920557


MARSHALL, Almarine or Almerine (Mr.)
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

MASON, Robert
Died April 20, 1748
Buried in Newtyle, Angus, Scotland

    Erected by George & Alexander Masons in memory of there father Robert Mason, late tennant in Pitnepie, who died Aprile 20th 1748, aged 84 years; & Iean Iackson, his first Spouse, who died Aprile 20th 1708, aged 40 years, by whom he had 5 children. His second spouse, Isobel Spankie, survives him, by whom he had 2 children.

    Struck by the fiery dart of Death,
    Here Robert Mason Lies,
    Awaiting the Eternal Call
    Of Christ beyond the Skies.
    He while on Earth mankind did aid,
    & genarously befriend,
    For which we hope, Almighty God
    has bless'd his latter end.
    He by god's blessing often did,
    Lame people Safe restore,
    To wonted Strength, although their bones,
    were bruised very sore.
    MEMENTO MORI.

    Source : Jervise 1875


MATHEWSON, Thomas
Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island

    Sacred to the memory of captain Thomas Mathewson, youngest son of col.
    John Mathewson and Sarah, his wife, who commanded the schooner, Roger
    Williams, and, whilst riding at anchor at Turk's Island, was precipitately
    forced to sea, on the 11 of Sept. 1806, by a tremendous hurricane. Since
    that disastrous day no tidings of this interesting, virtuous young man,
    then in the 28 year of his age, nor of the hapless companions of his
    voyage have greeted the anxious ear of affection, whence it is presumed,
    they were all ingulphed in ocean's vast abyss. Thus, in a moment, were
    parental hopes blasted, conjugal love agonized, and all the relative
    ties of affinity and affection rent in sunder.
    What though short thy date,
    Virtue, not rolling suns, the mind matures.

    Source : Alden 1814 v.4


MATTHEWS, John
Speen Churchyard, Berkshire, England

    In memory of John Matthews, of Donnington, Berks, 1779.
    When Heaven with equal eyes our quick'ning dust
    Shall view, and judge the bad and praise the just,
    His humble merits may perhaps find room
    Where kings shall wish, but wish in vain to come.

    Source : Norfolk 1866


MAYO, Louise (Miss.)
An orphan
Died December 26, 1811
Buried in the crypt of the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia

M'CHAIN, John
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


McISACK, James; bookseller
Died 15th May, 1834, aged 66.
Buried in Alloa Parish churchyard, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

    For all the books I've bound
    Here now with valley clods,
    In sheets I'm rotting under ground,
    Death makes as mighty odds!

    Waiting the final dawn
    Mine ashes here are laid;
    Life's labour's o'er, and I'm withdrawn,
    Here have I found my bed.

    Source : Rogers 1871 v.2


McKEE, John P.
Burial: Sallee Cemetery, Ozark County, Missouri, USA

    John P. McKee
    Dec 16 1913
    Oct 7 1989
    Cause of death
    Reaganomics

    Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 39994826
    MILLE, Gilbert (the deceased's name only appears in the epitaph as an acrostic, being spelled out by the first letter of each line)
    Buried in Newtyle, Angus, Scotland

      G. M : K. B : M. B.
      1675
      Great is the Wonders God hath Worked
      In Heaven, and Earth, and Sia;
      Lykuays he many mercies hath,
      BeStoued Wpon Me.
      Euen in this World, an Hundred Years,
      Remain'd I honestlie;
      Tuo Weded Wifes the tym I had;
      Much Comfort was to Me.
      In Wedlocks Band ue Procreat
      Lauffully Ws Betuix;
      Loues Pledges, Whos Right number wer,
      Euen tuo tymes tenn and Six.

      My Spritt to God, I do committ,
      My Body to the Graue;
      When Christ shall com and jidg shall sitt,
      Shall them Both Recauie.

      Source : Jervise 1875


    MILLER, James
    From Dover, Delaware
    Buried in South Carolina

      To the memory of James Miller, A. M. student of law, yougest son of the
      late reverend mr. John Miller of Dover, state of Delaware. He died, under
      the hospitable roof of doctor Richard Waring, 15 April, 1795, aged 22 years.

      Affected with pulmonary consumption, he had left his relatives and
      native home, and was travelling abroad for the recovery of health;
      when he was arrested by death, in a land of strangers, whose sympathetick
      tenderness embraced all the duties of kindred and friends.

      This stone was created by his brothers and sisters, not only to point
      out the spot, where his ashes repose; and to commemorate the virtues
      and talents of an amiable young man, and the loss of a beloved brother;
      but also to express their affectionate gratitude, for the kindness and
      friendship, with which he was treated in South Carolina.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.5


    MILLER, Lady
    Monument in Bath Abbey, Somerset, England.

      Near this monument are deposited the Remains of
      Lady Miller,
      Wife to Sir John Miller, Bart., of Bath-Easton Villa:-
      She departed this life, at he Hotwells of Bristol, the 24th
      June, 1781, In the Forty-first year of her Age.

      Devoted Stone! amidst the wrecks of Time,
      Uninjured bear thy Miller's spotless Name:
      The Virtues of her Youth, and ripen'd Prime,
      The tender thought, th' enduring Record claim.

      When clos'd the numerous eyes that round this Bier
      Have wept the Loss of wide-extended Worth;
      O, gentle Stranger, may one gen'rous Tear
      Drop, as thou bendest o'er this hallow'd Earth.

      Are Truth and Genius, Love and Pity, thine?
      With lib'ral Charity, and Faith sincere?
      Then rest thy wandering Step beneath this shrine;
      And greet a kindred Spirit hov'ring near.

      Source : Fairley 1873


    M'KAY, Alex.
    From Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
    Buried : Churchyard of Hanslope, Buckinghamshire, England

      Sacred to the memory of
      Alex. M'Kay,
      (Late of Glasgow)
      Who died 3rd June, 1834,
      Aged 26 years.
      Strong and athletic was my frame;
      Far from my native home I came,
      An manly fought with Simon Byrne;
      Alas! but lived not to return.
      Reader, take warning of my fate,
      Lest you should rue your case too late;
      If you ever have fought before,
      Determine now to fight no more.

      Source : Andrews 1899


    MOLLOY, Edward
    Memorial inscription in one of the Catholic Chapels in the city of Cork, Ireland.

      I. H. S.
      Sacred to the memory of the benevolent Edward Molloy, the friend of
      humanity, and the father of the poor. He employed the wealth of this
      world only to secure the riches of the next; and leaving a balance of
      merit on the book of life, he made heaven debtor to his mercy.
      He died Oct. 17th, 1818, aged ninety.
      R. I. P.

      Source : Fairley 1873


    MOLONY, Denis; and MACNEMARA, Daniel
    Buried in St Pancras churchyard, Middlesex, England.

      In Deo solo et non in arcu meo sperabo.
      Here lyes the Body of Denis Molony, Esqr
      who departed this life unmarried
      the 11 of December in the year
      of our Lord 1726 being the 77th
      year of his age having allways
      Lived faithfull to God King and
      country
      Requiescat in Pace
      Amen.
      Hibernus,
      Here lyes also the Body of Daniel Macnemara, Esq
      Who Erected this Tomb
      and was nephew and executor to the above mentioned
      Molony who departed this life the 8th of June
      in the year of our Lord God 1730,
      Aged 42 years. Requiescat in Pace. Amen.

      Source : Cansick 1869


    MONK, Elizabeth
    Buried : Bromley churchyard, Kent, England

      Near this Place lies the Body of
      Elizabeth Monk,
      She was the widow of John Monk of this Parish, Blacksmith,
      her second Husband;
      who departed this life on the 27th day of August, 1753.
      Aged 101.
      To whom she had been a Wife near 50 Years,
      By whom she had no children,
      And of the issue of the first marriage, none lived to the second:
      BUT VIRTUE
      would not suffer her to be childless,
      An infant, to whom, and to whose Father and Mother she had been Nurse,
      (such is the uncertainty of temporal prosperity,)
      became dependent upon Strangers for the maintenance of life;
      To him she afforded the protection of a Mother;
      This Parental Charity was returned with Filial Affection,
      And she was supported in the fulness of Age,
      By him whom she had cherished in the helplessness of infancy.
      LET IT BE REMEMBERED
      that there is no station in which Industry will not obtain
      Power to the liberal,
      Nor any Character on which Liberality will not confer Honour.
      She had long been prépared by a simple and unaffected
      Piety for that awful
      Moment, which, however delayed
      is universally sure :
      How few are allowed an equal time for Probation;
      How many, by their lives, appear to presume upon more.

      To preserve the memory of the Person, but yet more to perpetuate the
      lesson of her life, This Stone was erected by Voluntary Contributions.

      Source : Maiben 1870


    MONSON, Mrs Frances (TIRWHITT)
    From Lincolnshire
    Buried in St Pancras, Middlesex, England.

      Here lieth buried the body of Mrs. Frances
      Monson wife of Anthony Monson
      of Northorp in the county of Lincolne
      Esq and second daughter of Sir Philip
      Tirwhitt of Stainefeild
      in the said covnty Baronet.
      She departed this
      Life the sixteenth day of April
      Anno Dm 1658.
      Her Faith and sickness both together strave
      That Christ may have her soule, her corps ye grave,
      Death ends the strife. Both conqurors appeare,
      Christ hath her soule. Her body resteth here.

      Source : Cansick 1869


    MOODY, Samuel (Rev.)
    Memorial inscription, York, Maine

      Here lies buried the body of the rev. Samuel Moody, A. M. the zealous,
      faithful, and successful pastor of the first church of Christ in York;
      was born, in Newbury, 4 january, 1675; graduated, 1697; came hither in
      May, 1698; ordained in December, 1700; and died here, 13 November 1747.
      For his further character you may read 2 Cor. the six first chapters.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.2


    MORGAN, Mary
    Died January 16, 1815, aged 3 years.
    Buried in Copp's Hill burial ground, Boston, Massachusetts

      She left a word of
      sorrow sin & pain,
      Wish not to call her
      back to life again.

      Source : Norton 1921


    MORRISSEY, Thomas M.
    Burial: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, USA

      Thomas M. Morrisey
      May 4, 1929
      Mar. 14, 1985
      Adverse to the plow
      Prone to the fiddle and jug

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 48529686


    MORTON, Betty
    Buried in Dollar Parish, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

      Sacred to the Memory of Betty Morton and Mary Russell, who lived as
      faithful nurses and servants in the family of Crawfurd Tait, Esq., of
      Harviestoun, the former for 30, the latter for 50 years.
      «Not with eyeservice as menpleasers, but as the servants of Christ,» -
      The cherished our childhood,
      They comforted our youth.
      They directed our thoughts to that heavenly country, where, through our
      Redeemer's love, we hope to meet them again.
      Erected by the family, - 1856.

      Source : Rogers 1871 v.2


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

    MOUND, John
    Winslow, Maine

      Here lies the body of John Mound
      Lost at sea and never found.

      Source : Safford 1900


    MOUNT, Marietta Clara
    Memorial inscription : New York State

      In memory of
      Elizabeth J. Simmons
      wife of
      J. E. Mount
      Born October 26, 1818
      Died October 26, 1852.
      Also their daughter,
      Marietta Clara
      Died March 28, 1853.
      Death claimed the lovely flower,
      Nor spared the tender bud.
      Tombstone of Italy! thou hast engraven upon thy sculptured
      marble the name and age of her whose immaculate spirit, exalted
      virtues, and noble soul were the joy of him whose heart is left
      desolate. Cherub of beauty - sweet flower of innocence - last rosy
      ray of hope of thy heart-stricken father! thou didst take thy flight
      with all thy loveliness whilst thy blessed mother was in Heaven,
      thy father far from thee; but the kind father of thy dear departed
      mother, did, with an agonizing heart, see that thy obsequies were
      properly performed.

      Source : Kippax 1877




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