As the wife of the town's most influential minister, John Barnard, Anna Barnard of Marblehead, MA was an important person in her community. Her elaborate gravestone stands at the crest of Old Burial Hill, near the Susanna Jayne stone.
Sun metaphors, while not common, can be found on other New England gravestones (particularly in Rhode Island).
OMINEM crede Diem tibi diluxisse
Sacred to the Memory of the pious
Mrs. ANNA BARNARD
The worthy & examplary
Consort of the late Venerable
REVERAND JOHN BARNARD,
Who for many years was the
faithful Pastor of the first
Church of Christ,
In all the Virtues of a Life of Faith
She shone below, respected and belov'd;
Until matur'd for higher Spheres.
She set to Earth, rever'd & lamented;
But rose upon the Horizon of perfect
endless day on the 24th of August 1774: AEt. 78.
The holy Triumph of her soul,
Did Death itself out-brave.
Left dull mortality behind
And flew beyond the Grave.