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Harriet Coe Curtis

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Elroy Curtis

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I can’t find an exact source for the epitaph for Julia Crawford, but Christ is frequently characterized as the bridegroom and a Christian or the church as his bride.

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Our Dear Will

James Edward Goodell

Our darling Allie

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The epitaph on this stone is from the Te Deum, a hymn that remains in use in the modern Catholic church as well as some of the Protestant sects. It dates to approximately the 4th century.

Now I need all of you to be honest with me. How many of you clicked on the link because it sounds like a line from The Boondock Saints?

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Wetmore Monument

William S. Wetmore

Wetmore Monument

I’ve seen the sentiment “in death not divided” before, but I’d not previously given it a lot of thought. Tonight, trying to restart the blog, I searched the phrase and discovered that it’s biblical. In 2 Samuel 1:23, David’s funeral song for his father-in-law Saul and brother-in-law Jonathan says “Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided…”

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Frank Irvin

The shell on this tombstone in Lake View Cemetery intrigues me.  A shell like this, specifically a scallop shell, is the pilgrimage symbol for Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where there is a shrine to the apostle St. James the Greater.  The shrine holds bones that are reputed to be those of the saint, also the patron saint of Spain, and has been a pilgrimage site for Christians since the 9th century.  Medieval pilgrims would wear a shell as a symbol of their journey, and such scallop shells are still available today.  Did Irvin make this journey and treasure it in such a way that a representation of it was to be on his grave marker?

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Estella Bushong

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Pair of angels from a tomb, about 1330-50, marble, workshop of Tino da Camaino (1)

Pair of angels from a tomb, about 1330-50, marble, workshop of Tino da Camaino (2)

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