History, grad school, and gravestones!
Many interesting things there indeed. Who were Messrs. Boot & Thwing? Undertakers?The verse is magnificent -- tailor made for an adult accidental death. I tried several Google searches but couldn't come up with another example of it. If it was written for the occasion it was very well done.This is a stone of Dwight workshop in their style of the 1790s. Along the edges of the tympanum you can see the typical "Dwight drops" as I call them, a feature he used abundantly in earlier decades, but now reduced to a remnant.I remember another accidental death stone in Lunenburg, but alas I didn't get a photo of it. I think it was a child killed by a flying spindle.
I checked the 1798 Boston Directory for Boot and Thwing, but wasn't able to find anything obvious.Mr. Kirk Boot, merchant (Boot & Pratt), lived on Sudbury St. and had a shop or office at #30 State St.There are three men named Mr. Thwing:James, cashier @ Massachusetts BankSamuel Sr., clerk @ Massachusetts BankSamuel Jr., baker (I double-checked in the newspaper - he's definitely a baker, not a banker)
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