2Gravestones of Old New England Almost all were for or by PuritansThere were numerous carversSome Well DocumentedOthers UnknownVarious Styles and Symbolism
3Gravestones 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)
4Slate • 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
5Gravestones of Old New England Some Symbols Used:CoffinsUrnsImps of DeathTree of lifeGeometric RosettesSkulls and Crossed BonesAngelsWinged Effigies (Skulls and Faces)
6Early Stones 1672 Old Burying Ground Cambridge, Mass. Phipps St. Burial Ground Charlestown, Mass.25 July 16711673
9Letters UsedSARAH PRESCOTT HVR BLAS ED SOVL ASSANDED UP TO HEA VEN IULY 17 DAY 1709The letters I-J and U-V.Translated(Sarah PrescottHer blessed soulascended up to heaven,July 17 day, 1709.)Lancaster, Massachusetts
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, MassOld Center St. Burial Ground,Auburn, Mass
12Damaged Marker Showing Colored Layers in the Slate South Burying Ground, Billerica, Mass.
13Various Skull and Winged Effigies Granary Burial GroundBoston, Mass.
14Skull and Bones Mrs. Salley May d: 1787 Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Mass.Benjamin Parker d:1769
15Skull and Winged Effigies 16901713Granary Burial GroundBoston, Mass.
16Skull and Winged Effigies Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Mass.
17Skull and Winged Effigies Granary Burial GroundBoston, Mass.
18Imps of Death Old Burying Ground Cambridge, Mass. Carved by Joseph Lamson of Charlestown, Mass.
19Imps of DeathOld Burying Ground, Watertown, Mass. Carved by Joseph Lamson of Charlestown, Mass.
20Three 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”
21Schist/Sandstone Examples Old Burying Ground, Ipswich, Mass.Carved by “Ipswich Carver”
22Geometric Designs Old Common Burial Ground, Marlboro, Mass. Carved by Jonathan Worcester of Harvard, Mass.
23Trumpeting Angel Arise Ye Dead (Backwards) South Burying Ground, Billerica, Mass.
24Portrait – Head Replaces Skull Old Burial Ground, Northboro, Mass. Carved by James Wilder of Lancaster, Mass.
25Portrait: Head Replaces Skull Effigy Old Burying Ground, Watertown, Mass.Carved by Ebenezer Howard of Newton/Marlboro, Mass.
26Portrait: Head Replaces Skull Effigy Old Burying Ground Ipswich, Mass.
27Portrait: Head Replaces Skull Effigy Old Burying Ground Northboro, Mass.
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32Last Words Cynthia Stevens 1742 – 1776 Hollis, New Hampshire:Cynthia Stevens1742 – 1776Here 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.