Archive for April 21st, 2010

I learned a new word this week, thanks to this list. A cenotaph is a monument for a person or persons whose remains lie elsewhere. This tied in nicely to a monument I saw this weekend.

Marcellus Corwin

Now I’m not certain it counts a a true cenotaph, since everything indicates that his parents, whose names are on the side of the monument facing the road, are buried in Oxford Cemetery. I’ve tried to do some research on Marcellus Corwin, but so far have come up dry. One of the problems is that the monument provides no death date or year, possibly because the family didn’t know it. I wonder if there is a note of longing here – a desire to believe that maybe their son is merely missing, not dead.

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