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Gravestones of Old New England. 1653 - 1800. Gravestones of Old New England. Almost all were for or by Puritans There were numerous carvers Some Well Documented Others Unknown Various Styles and Symbolism. Gravestones of Old New England. Materials used :

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Gravestones of Old New England

1653 - 1800


Gravestones of Old New England

  • Almost all were for or by Puritans

  • There were numerous carvers

    • Some Well Documented

    • Others Unknown

  • Various Styles and Symbolism


Gravestones of Old New England

  • Materials used :

    • Slate (Some over 300 years old)

    • Schist (Rough-textured and vein-laden stone)

    • Sandstone (Often Flakes and Delaminates)

    • Marble (Not Yet, Predominantly 19th Century)


Slate

  • •Metamorphosed shale, hard and brittle

  • •Usually black, gray or blue

  • •Sometimes fades with time

  • •Extremely smooth, fine-grained stone with even bedding planes usually running parallel with the stone’s face

  • •Holds carving very well, inscriptions usually very clear

  • •Uniform surface appearance

  • •Gravestones tend to be thin and simple in shape, generally not more than six inches


Gravestones of Old New England

  • Some Symbols Used:

    • Coffins

    • Urns

    • Imps of Death

    • Tree of life

    • Geometric Rosettes

    • Skulls and Crossed Bones

    • Angels

    • Winged Effigies (Skulls and Faces)


Early Stones

1672

Old Burying Ground Cambridge, Mass.

Phipps St. Burial Ground Charlestown, Mass.

25 July 1671

1673


Typical Shape


Letters Used

  • The letters I-J and U-V.

Translated

(Sarah Prescott

Her blessed soul

ascended up to heaven,

July 17 day, 1709.)

Lancaster, Massachusetts

SARAH

PRESCOTT

HVR BLAS

ED SOVL ASSANDED

UP TO HEA

VEN IULY

17 DAY

1709


“Thistle Carver”William Young of Tatnuck, Mass.

Old Center St. Burial Ground Auburn, Mass


“Thistle Carver”William Young of Tatnuck, Mass.

South Burying Ground, Oxford, Mass

Old Center St. Burial Ground,

Auburn, Mass


Damaged Marker Showing Colored Layers in the Slate

South Burying Ground, Billerica, Mass.


Various Skull and Winged Effigies

Granary Burial Ground

Boston, Mass.


SkullandBones

Mrs. Salley May d: 1787

Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Mass.

Benjamin Parker d:1769


Skull and Winged Effigies

1690

1713

Granary Burial Ground

Boston, Mass.


Skull and Winged Effigies

Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Mass.


Skull and Winged Effigies

Granary Burial Ground

Boston, Mass.


Imps of Death

Old Burying Ground Cambridge, Mass.

Carved by Joseph Lamson of Charlestown, Mass.


Imps of Death

Old Burying Ground, Watertown, Mass. Carved by Joseph Lamson of Charlestown, Mass.


Three Children – One Family

“Here lies the children of Martha and John Cutler” Phipps Street Burial Ground, Charlestown, Mass.

Marker Carved by “The Stone Cutter of Boston”


Schist/Sandstone Examples

Old Burying Ground, Ipswich, Mass.

Carved by “Ipswich Carver”


Geometric Designs

Old Common Burial Ground, Marlboro, Mass.

Carved by Jonathan Worcester of Harvard, Mass.


Trumpeting Angel

Arise Ye Dead (Backwards)

South Burying Ground, Billerica, Mass.


Portrait – Head Replaces Skull

Old Burial Ground, Northboro, Mass. Carved by James Wilder of Lancaster, Mass.


Portrait: Head Replaces Skull Effigy

Old Burying Ground, Watertown, Mass.

Carved by Ebenezer Howard of Newton/Marlboro, Mass.


Portrait: Head Replaces Skull Effigy

Old Burying Ground Ipswich, Mass.


Portrait: Head Replaces Skull Effigy

Old Burying Ground Northboro, Mass.


Tree of Life & Urn


Lichens

Georgetown, Mass


Searching for Gravesites

  • www.Interment.net

  • www.findagrave.com/

  • US GenWeb Tombstone Project

  • http://africanamericancemeteries.com/

    Search for specific cemeteries, people, projects


National Cemetery Administration

  • US Veterans Gravesite Locator

    http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/

    Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.


Last Words

  • Hollis, New Hampshire:

    Cynthia Stevens

    1742 – 1776

    Here lies Cynthia, Stevens’ wife,

    She lived six years in calm and strife.

    Death came at last and set her free,

    I was glad and so was she.


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