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Gravestones of Old New England 1653 - 1800. Gravestones of Old New England Almost all were for or by Puritans Almost all were for or by Puritans There.

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1 Gravestones of Old New England

2 Gravestones of Old New England Almost all were for or by Puritans Almost all were for or by Puritans There were numerous carvers There were numerous carvers Some Well Documented Some Well Documented Others Unknown Others Unknown Various Styles and Symbolism Various Styles and Symbolism

3 Gravestones of Old New England Materials used : Materials used : Slate (Some over 300 years old) Slate (Some over 300 years old) Schist (Rough-textured and vein- laden stone) Schist (Rough-textured and vein- laden stone) Sandstone (Often Flakes and Delaminates) Sandstone (Often Flakes and Delaminates) Marble (Not Yet, Predominantly 19 th Century) Marble (Not Yet, Predominantly 19 th Century)

4 Slate Metamorphosed shale, hard and brittleMetamorphosed shale, hard and brittle Usually black, gray or blueUsually black, gray or blue Sometimes fades with timeSometimes fades with time Extremely smooth, fine-grained stone with even bedding planes usually running parallel with the stone’s faceExtremely smooth, fine-grained stone with even bedding planes usually running parallel with the stone’s face Holds carving very well, inscriptions usually very clearHolds carving very well, inscriptions usually very clear Uniform surface appearanceUniform surface appearance Gravestones tend to be thin and simple in shape, generally not more than six inchesGravestones tend to be thin and simple in shape, generally not more than six inches

5 Gravestones of Old New England Some Symbols Used: Some Symbols Used: Coffins Coffins Urns Urns Imps of Death Imps of Death Tree of life Tree of life Geometric Rosettes Geometric Rosettes Skulls and Crossed Bones Skulls and Crossed Bones Angels Angels Winged Effigies (Skulls and Faces) Winged Effigies (Skulls and Faces)

6 Early Stones Phipps St. Burial Ground Charlestown, Mass. Old Burying Ground Cambridge, Mass July

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8 Typical Shape

9 Letters Used The letters I-J and U-V. The letters I-J and U-V. Translated (Sarah Prescott Her blessed soul ascended up to heaven, July 17 day, 1709.) Lancaster, Massachusetts SARAHPRESCOTT HVR BLAS ED SOVL ASSANDED UP TO HEA VEN IULY 17 DAY 1709

10 “Thistle Carver” William Young of Tatnuck, Mass. Old Center St. Burial Ground Auburn, Mass

11 “Thistle Carver” William Young of Tatnuck, Mass. South Burying Ground, Oxford, Mass Old Center St. Burial Ground, Auburn, Mass

12 Damaged Marker Showing Colored Layers in the Slate South Burying Ground, Billerica, Mass.

13 Various Skull and Winged Effigies Granary Burial Ground Boston, Mass.

14 Skull and Bones Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Mass. Mrs. Salley May d: 1787 Benjamin Parker d:1769

15 Skull and Winged Effigies Granary Burial Ground Boston, Mass

16 Skull and Winged Effigies Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Mass.

17 Skull and Winged Effigies Granary Burial Ground Boston, Mass.

18 Imps of Death Old Burying Ground Cambridge, Mass. Carved by Joseph Lamson of Charlestown, Mass.

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

20 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”

21 Schist/Sandstone Examples Old Burying Ground, Ipswich, Mass. Carved by “Ipswich Carver”

22 Geometric Designs Old Common Burial Ground, Marlboro, Mass. Carved by Jonathan Worcester of Harvard, Mass.

23 Trumpeting Angel South Burying Ground, Billerica, Mass. Arise Ye Dead (Backwards)

24 Portrait – Head Replaces Skull Old Burial Ground, Northboro, Mass. Carved by James Wilder of Lancaster, Mass.

25 Portrait: Head Replaces Skull Effigy Old Burying Ground, Watertown, Mass. Carved by Ebenezer Howard of Newton/Marlboro, Mass.

26 Portrait: Head Replaces Skull Effigy Old Burying Ground Ipswich, Mass.

27 Portrait: Head Replaces Skull Effigy Old Burying Ground Northboro, Mass.

28 Tree of Life & Urn

29 Lichens Georgetown, Mass

30 Searching for Gravesites US GenWeb Tombstone Project US GenWeb Tombstone Project Search for specific cemeteries, people, projects

31 National Cemetery Administration US Veterans Gravesite Locator US Veterans Gravesite Locator 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.

32 Last Words Hollis, New Hampshire: 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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