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  • Alabama

    CREER, Sam
    Memorial inscription : Montgomery, Alabama

      Stop, you
      Stone Cutters,
      Here lays
      Sam Creer.

      Source : Kippax 1877

    Memorial inscription : Montgomery, Alabama

      Stop as you pass by my
      Grave. Here, I
      John Schockler, R....Ey.
      rest my remains.
      I was born in N. Orleans
      the 22d of Nov. 1841,
      was brought up by good
      friends; not taking their
      advice, was drowned,
      in this City
      in the Ala. River,
      the 27th of May 1855;
      Now I warn all young and old, to beware of the dangers of this River, see
      how I am fixed in this watery grave; I have got but two friends to mourn.

      Source : Kippax 1877

  • California

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

      There goes the neighborhood.

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

    FRANK, Justin Arthur
    Buried : Rose Garden, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California

      Justin Arthur Frank, M.D.
      March 22, 1908 - January 20, 1986

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #7077710

    GRIFFIN, Merv
    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

    HACKETT, Joan
    Burial: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA

      Joan Hackett
      1934 - 1983
      Go away - I'm asleep

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #1447

  • Connecticut

    Buried at Cheshire, Connecticut

      Here lies ye Body of Doct. Isaac Bartholomew,
      He died August ye 25, 1710, in ye XI(?) year of his age.
      He that was sweet to my Repose
      Now is become a Stink under my Nose
      this is said of me
      So it will be said of thee.

      Source : Kippax 1877

    BEADLE, Lydia and her children Ansell Lothrop, Elizabeth, Lydia and Mary
    Buried : Wethersfield, Connecticut

      Here lies interred mrs. Lydia Beadle, aged 32 years, Ansell Lothrop,
      Elizabeth, Lydia, and Mary Beadle, her children, the eldest aged 11
      and the youngest 6 years, who on the morning of the 11 of December,
      A. D. 1782, fell by the hands of William Beadle, an infatuated man,
      who closed the horrid sacrifice of his wife and children with his
      own destruction.

      Pale round their grassy tomb bedew'd with tears,
      Flit the thin forms of sorrows and of fears,
      Soft sighs responsive swell the plaintive chords,
      And indignations half unsheath their swords.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.4

    BUEL, Mary
    Memorial inscription : Litchfield, Connecticut

      Here Lies the body of Mrs. Mary, wife of Dr. John Buel, Esq.
      She died Nov. 4 1778, Ætat 90, having had 13 children, 101 grand-
      children, 274 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren; total
      410; surviving, 336.

      Source : Kippax 1877

    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

    FOWLER, Mary
    Burial : Milford Cemetery, Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

      Sacred to the Memory
      of Miss Mary Fowler
      daughter to Mr. Wil
      liam & Mrs. Eunice
      Fowler who Died
      Feby. 1st AD 1792 in the
      24th Year of her age.
      Molly tho pleasant in her day
      Was sudd'nly siezed and sent away
      How soon shes ripe how soon shes rottin
      Sent to her grave & soon for gottin.

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 6393238

    TUTE, Jonathan
    Buried : Mystic, Connecticut

      Here lies, cut down like unripe fruit,
      A son of Mr. Amos Tute,
      And Mrs. Jemima Tute, his wife -
      Called Jonathan, of whose frail life
      The days all summed, how short the account,
      Scarcely to fourteen years amount.

      Born on the twelfth of May was he,
      In seventeen hundred sixty-three;
      To death he fell a helpless prey,
      April the five and twentieth day,
      In seventeen hundred seventy-seven,
      Quitting this world, we hope, for heaven.

      But tho' his spirit's fled on high.
      This body mouldering here must lie;
      Behold the amazing alteration
      Effected by inoculation -
      The means employed his life to save
      Hurried him headlong to the grave.

      Source : The New York Times, June 27, 1897

  • Delaware

    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

    WILEY, Robert
    Monument in Newcastle, Delaware

      Sacred to the memory of Robert Wiley, who departed this life, the 4 day
      of June, 1801, aged 21 years, 6 months, and 27 days. View this monument,
      ye young and careless, and boast no more of tomorrow.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.5

  • Florida

    Burial: Key West Cemetery, Key West, Monroe County, Florida, USA

      I told you I was sick
      B. P. Roberts
      May 17, 1929
      June 18, 1979

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #15820582

  • Iowa

    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

    WILLIAMS, Gabriel Jamie
    Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Coralville, Johnson County, Iowa, USA

      Gabriel Jamie
      Dec. 10, 1975 - July 2, 1992
      Son of Nancy & Rick
      Brother & friend of Angie
      Gymnast & friend to many
      Angus Geddy Yahoo Dweezil Beethoven forever
      For those who are about to rock;
      Gabe salutes you form heaven

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #7677204

  • Kentucky

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

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

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 61416173

  • Louisiana

    SCHOCKLER, John Born in New Orleans
    Memorial inscription : Montgomery, Alabama

      Stop as you pass by my
      Grave. Here, I
      John Schockler, R....Ey.
      rest my remains.
      I was born in N. Orleans
      the 22d of Nov. 1841,
      was brought up by good
      friends; not taking their
      advice, was drowned,
      in this City
      in the Ala. River,
      the 27th of May 1855;
      Now I warn all young and old, to beware of the dangers of this River, see
      how I am fixed in this watery grave; I have got but two friends to mourn.

      Source : Kippax 1877

  • Maine

    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

    MOUND, John
    Winslow, Maine

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

      Source : Safford 1900

    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

    SEWALL, Samuel (Esq.)
    Memorial inscription, York, Maine

      In memory of Samuel Sewall, esq. four generations, in lineal descent
      distant, from Henry Sewall, esq. some time mayor of Coventry in Old
      England, whose grand-father, Henry, first came to New-England, 1634.

      For penetration, sound judgment, and wisdom, remarkable; given to
      hospitability; the widow and fatherless he relieved and protected;
      pious, exemplary, and devout without superstition. Various offices,
      civil, military, and ecclesiastical, with honour and reputation, he
      sustained. On the 23 day of April, A. D. 1769, aged 31, he died. His
      seven surviving sons, with the approbation of his four daughters this
      stone erected. Let brotherly love continue.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.2
      See also : Samuel Sewall (c. 1738-1769) Epitaph and Genealogy.

    THOMAS, Richard
    Burial : Fort Hill Cemetery, Winslow, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
      Here lies the body of Richard Thomas,
      an inglishman by birth
      A Whig of '76.
      By occupation a cooper
      Now food for worms.
      Like an old rum puncheon
      Marked, numbered and shooked.
      He will be raised again
      and finished by his creator.
      He died Sept. 28, 1824; aged 75.
      America my adopted country
      My best advice to you is this
      take care of your liberties.

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #55584147

  • Maryland Epitaphs are listed on a separate page

  • Massachusetts Epitaphs are listed on a separate page

  • Mississippi

    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

  • Missouri

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

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

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 39994826

  • New Hampshire

    JENKINS, Richard
    Memorial inscription in New Hampshire

      Richard Jenkins here doth lay
      (Lately removed from over the way)
      His body's here - his soul's in heaven

      Source : Kippax 1877

    SHEAFE, George Meserve
    Residence : Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
    Buried : Island of Madeira, Portugal

      Sacred to the memory of George Meserve Sheafe, of Portsmouth, New
      Hampshire, a youth singularly amiable, unassuming, and beloved. He
      had a mind cultivated by a liberal education and a heart overflowing
      with benevolence and affection. It pleased God to afflict him with
      a lingering and distressing illness, which he bore with truly christian
      patience. He visited this island in the hope of obaining relief; but,
      with the fairest prospect of usefulness and respectability, neither
      the prayers of an affectionate father nor the unremitting attention
      of friendship could preserve him from an early grave. He died on the
      14 of February, A. D. 1804, aged 20 years.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.2

  • New Jersey

    CALDWELL, James and Hannah
    Buried in Elizabeth, New Jersey

      Sacred to the memory of the rev. James Caldwell and Hannah, his wife,
      who fell victims to their country's cause, in the years, 1780 and 1781.

      He was the zealous and faithful pastor of the presbyterian church in
      this town, where, by his evangelical labours in the gospel vineyard,
      and his early attachment to the civil liberties of his country, he has
      left, in the harts of his people, a better monument, than brass or marble.

      Stop, passenger,
      here also lie the remains of a woman, who exhibited to the world a
      bright constellation of the female virtues. On that memorable day, never
      to be forgotten, when a British foe invaded this fair village, and fired
      even the temple of the Deity, this peaceful daughter of Heaven retired
      to her hallowed apartment, imploring Heaven for the pardon of her
      enemies. In that sacred moment, she was, by the bloody hand of a British
      ruffian, dispatched, like her divine Redeemer, through a path of blood,
      to her long-wished for native skies.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.1

    EGAN, Eugene L. and Leona J.
    Mount Carmel Cemetery, Moorestown, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA

      Front side of the monument:
      Eugene L. Aug. 17, 1925 - Oct. 28, 1993
      Leona J. Mar. 30, 1924 - Oct. 5, 2007
      Back side of the monument:
      “Thanks for stopping by”

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 60192084

    HAHN, William H.
    Burial: Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA

      William H. Hahn Jr.
      1905 - 1980
      I told you I was sick

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #7968130

    HEDDEN, Joseph
    Buried in Newark, New Jersey

      This monument is sacred to the memory of Joseph Hedden esq who departed
      this life, the 27 of September, 1780 in the 52 year of his age. He was
      a firm friend to his country in the darkest times, zealous for American
      liberty in opposition to British tyranny, and, at last, fell a victim
      to British cruelty.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.1

    OGDEN, Mary
    Buried Newark, New Jersey

      Mary the wife of Isaac Ogden, esq. here rested from the hurry of life, on
      the 15 of March 1772, aged 26 years. Could the softness and elegance which
      adorned, could the piety and benevolence, which endeared human nature, could
      tenderest friendship or purest love disarm the king of terrors, she had not died.

      When every pain and every joy is o'er,
      When fortune, age, disease, can wound no more;
      Virtues like hers, with radiant lustre glow,
      An breathe refulgent through the clouds of wo;
      Kind spirit sooth the pangs of parting breath,
      And strew with softest down the bed of death.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.1

    STURGE, Benjamin; WOODRUFF, Hezekiah
    Springfield, New Jersey, USA

      Beneath this stone lie deposited the mortal parts of Benjamin Sturge,
      aged 20, and Hezekiah Woodruff, aged 17 years, who were, on the 18
      day of August, 1798, instantly snatched from time to eternity by a
      stroke of lightning.
      Stop, heedless youth, and read their awful doom,
      By heaven's own fire hasten'd to the tomb.
      The unerring shaft glides rapid through the air,
      And leaves no time for penitence or prayer.
      Oh, hear the warning voice of their decease,
      This moment fly to God and mke your peace.
      No longer dare provoke th' almighty frown,
      which on your heads will call his thunder down.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.5

  • New York

    COCHRANE, Isabella Maccomb
    From New York, United States
    Monumental inscription : St. John's Episcopal Churchyard, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

      This tablet records the deaths (within a space of two months) of a
      father and mother whose beloved memory seven orphan children cherish
      and revere. Rupert John Cochrane, Esq., of Halifax, N.S., died in
      London, 28th June 1851, aged 50 years; and was buried at Battersea.
      Isabella Maccomb Cochrane, of New York, United States, America, died
      in Edinburgh, 3rd September, 1851, aged 42 years; and was buried in
      the Dormitory attached to this chapel.
      The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away : blessed be the name of the Lord - Job i. 21.

      Source : Rogers 1871 v.1

    HALLIBURTON, Hamilton Douglas; CHAMPION, James; JOHNSTONE, Alexander; PADDY, George; HAYWOOD, Robert; GASCOIGNE, Charles; HAMILTON, Andrew; SCOTT, William; REDDIE, David; TOMLINSON, William; SPRY, William; M'CHAIN, John; WOOD, Robert; TOWERS, George.
    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

    KENESTON, Isabelle H.
    Burial: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush, Rensselaer County, New York, USA

      Isabelle H. Keneston
      I'd rather be at the mall
      Mar 3 1923 - Jan 11 2002

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #13352606

    SHARPE, Ann Jean
    Burial: Saint Lawrence O'Toole Cemetery, Brewster, Putnam County, New York, USA

      Ann Jean Sharpe
      1910 - 1973
      Why look ye here?
      I'am way up there!

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 28833940

    SIMMONS, Elizabeth J., 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

    SPRAGUE, Ruth
    Buried near Hoosick Falls, New York

      Ruth Sprague, Daughter of Gibson and Elizabeth Sprague.
      Died June 11, 1846, aged 9 years, 4 months, and 3 days.
      She was stolen from the grave by Roderick R. Clow, dissected at Dr. P. M. Armstrong's office in Hoosick, N. Y., from which place her mutilated remains were obtained and deposited here.

      Her body dissected by fiendish man,
      Her bones anatomized,
      Her soul, we trust, has risen to God,
      Where few physicians rise.

      Source : Eaton 1900

    TAYLOR, John
    Tombstone in front of Christ Church on Academy Street, Poughkeepsie, New York

      In this spot
      was interred
      John Taylor
      Attorney at Law
      the eldest son
      of Doctor John Taylor
      of Bolton le Moors, England.
      who died of the yellow fever
      Sept. 11th, 1805
      Aged 36 years

      Far from his kindred friends and native skies
      Here mouldering in the dust poor Taylor lies.
      Firm was his mind, and fraught with various lore
      And his warm heart was never cold before.
      He lov'd his country, lov'd that spot of earth,
      Which gave a Hampden, Milton, Bradshaw birth,
      But when that country, dead to all but gain,
      Bowed her base neck and hugged the oppressor's chain.
      Loathing the abject scene he drooped and sighed.
      Crossed the wide wave and here untimely died.
      Stranger whate'er thy country's creed or hue,
      Go and like him the moral path pursue;
      Go, and for Freedom every peril brave.
      And nobly scorn to be or hold a slave.

      Source : The New York Times, January 5, 1896

    WILKINS, Isaac
    An American Loyalist, written by himself.
    Memorial inscription : Westchester County, New York.

      To the memory of
      The Reverend Isaac Wilkins, D. D.
      who for thirty-one years, was the
      diligent and faithful minister
      of this parish,
      placed here, as he believed, by his Redeemer.
      He remained satisfied with the
      pittance allowed him rejoicing that even in that
      he was no burden to his
      Nor ever wished nor ever went forth
      to seek a better living.

      Source : Kippax 1877

  • North Carolina

    OLIVER, E. Pluribus Unum
    Stone erected in North Carolina
    Died November 30, 1860, aged 1 year, 10 months, and 9 days.
      Farewell thou charming little son,
      We never shall hear thy voice again
      Farewell little E. Pluribus Unum
      May we together in heaven rich blessings share.

      Source : Kippax 1877

  • Ohio

    HOWELLS, J. A.
    Buried : Jefferson, Ohio
    Veteran editor of the Ashtabula Sentinel.
    Gravestone placed in the Jefferson, Ohio cemetery on July 19, 1913.
    The gravestone consist of the “make-up” stone used by Mr. Howells for fifty years, during his successive evolutions as printer's devil, printer, and editor. It is inscribed with these lines written by William Dean Howells, a brother of the editor :

      Stone, upon which with hands of boy and man,
      He framed the history of his time untill,
      Week after week, the varying record ran.
      To its half-centuried tale of well and ill.
      Remember now how true through all those days
      He was - friend, brother, husband, son -
      Fill the whole limit of your space with praise.
      There needs no room for blame - blame there was none.

      Source : The New York Times, July 20, 1913

    ORSE, Joseph Pasty
    Mount Moriah Cemetery, Withamsville, Clermont County, Ohio, USA

      Joseph Pasty Orse
      He died because of his wife
      9 - 16 - 73

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #63700189

  • Pennsylvania Epitaphs are listed on a separate page

  • Rhode Island

    CLARKE, Stephen Hopkins
    Memorial in North Providence, Rhode Island

      This frail monument is erected as a memorial of Stephen Hopkins Clarke,
      son of doctor John Clarke and Amey, his wife, who died at sea, on the
      2 day of November, A. D. 1795, in the 18 year of his age.
      Ingulph'd in ocean, buried in the wave
      No friendly hand could rescue or could save
      Thy mortal part, which was but born to try
      The lot of man, to suffer and to die.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.4

    DENBY, John; John H.; Maurice A. Dorothy S.; DANIELS, Bertha; BLACKINGTON, Gail A.
    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

    ELLERY, Christopher
    Tombstone : Newport, Rhode Island

      The Human Form respected for its honesty and known for fifty-three
      years by the appellation of Christopher Ellery, began to dissolve in
      the month of February, 1789.
      If tears, alas, could speak a husband's woe
      My verse should straight in plaintive numbers flow;
      But since thy well-known piety demands
      A public monument at thy George's hands,
      O Abigail! I dedicate this tomb to thee,
      Thou dearest half of poor forsaken me.

      Source : Kippax 1877

    FISKE, Elizabeth
    Buried : Scituate, Rhode Island

      Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Fiske, wife of John Fiske, esq. who
      departed this life, 24 Sept. A. D. 1766, aged 56 years. She descended,
      in a direct line, from the venerable Roger Williams, the pious founder
      of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. In her character shone with
      lustre all the christian, moral, and social virtues.
      Celestial powers, that piety regard,
      From you my labours wait their last reward.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.4

    HITCHCOCK, Jonathan P.
    Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island

      Sacred to the memory of mr. Jonathan P. Hitchcock, who died at sea,
      10 January, 1803, aetatis 25. Erected by his widow Elizabeth, who claims

      This sacred spot and consecrated keeps
      To him, who in the ocean's bosom sleeps;
      Yet, though his body sinks, beneath the wave,
      An early victim to a wat'ry grave,
      His soul aloft will yon bright realms explore
      Where storms ne'er rise, nor angry billows roar.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.4

    HOWE, Mark Anthony De Wolfe, William, and James
    Memorial in Bristol, Rhode Island

      This pyramid is erected to perpetuate the memory of three promising
      youths, sons of mr. Perley Howe and Abigail, his wife; Mark Anthony
      De Wolfe Howe, born, 29 April, 1777, William Howe, born, 4 November,
      1778, and James Howe, born, 2 May, 1781. Returning from a voyage
      around the world, they were, probably, wrecked on this coast, in
      the winter of 1802.
      One fate surpris'd them,
      And one grave receiv'd them.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.4

    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

  • South Carolina

    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

  • Texas

    CROSS, Ricky W.
    Buried : American Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Prairie, Dallas County, Texas

      Ricky W. Cross
      Oct. 31. 1950
      Nov. 20. 1994
      Died in America
      Land of the homeless

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial# 55719565

    HEAPS, Earl Lee
    Burial: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Sunnyvale, Dallas County, Texas, USA

      Daddy - Papa
      Earl Lee Heaps
      Oct. 16, 1915
      Sept. 29, 1984
      “I told you I was sick”

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #18147326

    TOWELL, Ike
    Died in February 21, 1934
    Burial: Columbus City Cemetery, Columbus, Colorado County, Texas, USA

      Here rests
      Ike Towell
      An infidel who had
      No hope of heaven
      Nor fear of hell
      Was free of superstition
      To do right and love
      Justice was his religion

      Source : findagrave.com, Memorial #61028414

  • Utah

    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

  • Vermont

    CARPENTER, Benjamin
    Buried at Guilford old cemetery, Vermont.

      Sacred to the memory of the
      Hon. Benjamin Carpenter, Esq.
      Born in Rehoboth, Mass., A. D. 1764.
      A public teacher of righteousness,
      An able advocate lost for democracy,
      And the equal rights of men.
      Removed to this town A. D. 1770. Was a field officer in the revolutionary war.
      A founder of the first Constitution and Government of Vermont.
      A Councilor of Censors in A. D. 1783.
      A Member of the Council and Lieutenant-Governor of the State in A. D. 1779.
      A firm professor in Christianity in the Baptist Church 50 years.
      Left this world and 146 persons of lineal posterity
      March 29, 1804, aged 78 years 10 months and 12 days,
      with a strong mind and full faith of a more glorious state hereafter.
      Stature about 6 feet, weight 200.
      Death had no terror.

      Source : The New York Times, April 20, 1884

    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

    PARK, Thomas K. and Rebecca
    Buried in an old graveyard in Grafton, Vermont.

      Thomas K. Park, Jr., and 14 children of Thos. K. and Rebecca Park.
      Youth, behold and shed a tear,
      See fourteen children slumber here;
      See their image how they shine
      Like flowers of a fruitful vine.

      In memory of Rebecca, wife of Mr. Thomas K. Park, who died
      Sept 23, 1803, in the 40th year of her age.
      Behold and see as you pass by
      My fourteen children with me lie,
      Old and young you soon must die
      And turn to dust as well as I.

      Source : Kippax 1877

  • Virginia

    Name unknown
    Buried in Alexandria, Virginia

      To the memory of a female stranger whoes mortal sufferings ended Oct. 14th 1816.
      How valued, how loved once, avails thee not
      To whom related, or by whom begot.
      A heap of dust alone remains of thee,
      Tis all thou art and all the proud shall be.

      Source : Safford 1900

    CUSTIS, John
    Died shortly after 14 November 1749
    Buried at Arlington plantation, Virginia

      Beneath This Marble Tomb Lies ye Body
      of the Honorable John Custis, Esquire,
      of the City of Williamsburg and Parish of Boston,
      Formerly of Hungars Parish, on the Eastern
      Shore of Virginia and the County of
      Northampton, the Place
      of His Nativity.
      Aged 71 Years, and Yet Lived but Seven
      Years, Which Was the Space of Time He
      Kept a Bachelor's House at
      Arlington, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

      The foregoing inscription was placed on this stone by the direction of the deceased.

      Sources : The New York Times, December 20, 1891; Wikipedia - John Custis

    ROSE, Alexander
    Residence : parish of Vere, Jamaica
    Buried in Fredericksburg, Virginia

      In memory of Alexander Rose of the parish of Vere, in the island of
      Jamaica, merchant, and a native of North Britain, who visited the
      United States of America for the recovery of his health and departed
      this life, at Fredericksburg, in Virginia, on the 28 day November, 1800.
      This stone is placed over his remains, in testimony of affectionate and
      fraternal regard, by his brother, William Rose, of the said island.

      Source : Alden 1814 v.5

  • Wisconsin

    DAVIS, Basil
    Memorial inscription : Bayfield, Wisconsin

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

      Source : Kippax 1877

    FOSTER, Susan P., wife of Lewis Knapp
    Two tombstones in Kenosha cemetery, Wisconsin

      Susan P. Foster
      wife of
      Lewis Knapp
      My dear and loving wife, meet me, with our spirit friends, at the
      gate of the Elysian Fields of Paradise, where I am coming by
      Nature's fast express. Until there we meet, a loving adieu.
      P.S. - Our friends W. and A. will soon join us there.

      Happy! Happy day! Hallelujah!

      Old Broadguage
      Lewis Knapp,
      Aged __ years,
      Emigrated ____
      to join his wife and other friends in the Celestial Fields of Paradise,
      thanking God for sense enough to die as He had lived for thirty
      years, thoroughly infidel to all ancient and modern humbug-myths
      as taught for fine clothes and place, at others' cost, by an indolent,
      egotistic, self-elected Priestly Crew.
      The fear of the Right Reverend Doctors of Divinity, thological
      scare-crow of Hellfire and Damnation to all who refuse to pay tithes
      to their support, had no force or effect on Lewis Knapp.

      Source : Kippax 1877

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