I found this gravestone at Copps Hill Burying Ground in Boston, Mass. When I looked up the surname in the FindaGrave database, I found their father, but in a different cemetery. I think I found a sister who survived into adulthood in another cemetery, but the first initial of the last name is different (which I’m attributing to the ‘G’ possibly looking like a ‘C’). Interesting how the first children who died were both John Jrs.
Here’s another photo I snapped at Copps Hill Burying Ground in Boston, mostly because of the Wild surname, though I’m relatively certain he’s not an ancestor of mine (my Wilds are German, not English, in origin).
The stone reads:
In Memory of
Mr. EBENEZER WILD
who departed this Life
Decr. 4th 1794
in the 37th Year
of his Age
He was a kind Husband,
tender Parent & Sincere friend
I added a photo to this individual’s FindaGrave page and requested that the page owner update the birth/death year information.
Beneath this Stone is deposited the Remains of
MAJOR THOMAS SEWARD
who gallantly fought
in our late revolutionary War
its various scenes behaved with Patriotic fortitude
& died in the calms
of domestic felicity as becomes
a Universal-Christian Novr. 27th 1800 AEtat 60 The lovely turf where silence lays her head The mound where pity sighs for hond. dead* Such is the grief where sorrow now doth sigh To learn to live is but to learn to die
I’ve been chastised by one of my faithful readers for falling behind on Tombstone Tuesday posts and so I’m delving back into some photos I took over the summer at a cemetery in the heart of Boston’s North End. I’m including a photo below of a gem of a tombstone with some wonderfully creepy symbols at the top:
This tombstone features a skeleton apparently sitting on a skull, next to what appears to be an hourglass framed by wings (Time Flies?) and all of this bordered by crossbones. Oh, and there appears to be a scythe behind the seated skeleton.
All of this imagery adorns the gravestone of Mr. Edward Richards, who died in 1747/8 (and this notation seems to indicate the stone was made well after his death, post 1752, when the calendar changed).
The death information for Richards’ son is also on the stone, along with information about his wife.