Sunday, September 7, 2008

101 Ways, Part 22: Departed From This in Hope of a Better Life

For a brief intro to the "101 Ways to Say 'Died'" series, click here.

A variation on "departed this life":

In Memory of MRS.
MEHETABEL TREADWELL,
the amiable consort
& for a few fleeting years
the kind & prudent partner
the pleasing & consoling
companion of the
HON. JOHN TREADWELL ESQr.
she departed from this 
in hope of a better life
July 2, 1786
AEt. 44
The fashion of this world passeth away.
Set your affections on things above
not on things on the earth.

Mehetabel Treadwell of Ipswich, MA was the wife of John Treadwell, a teacher, judge, and representative in the General Court.

2 comments:

RJO said...

I'd suspect that one of being backdated. I don't know the Ipswich cemetery, but from the evidence of stones elsewhere in the state I'd guess it's a product of, say, 1800-1805 rather than the 1780s.

Just speculating (with no relevance to this additional mode of departure).

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

I think you're right. It looks almost exactly like the stone in part 21, which is dated 1802.