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Here I go again, breaking my own rules. These gravestones are way outside of my original chronological constraints. The only defense I can offer is that they are from the South Burying Ground in Billerica, where almost all of the stones are from the colonial era.
I wonder if there are any modern Christian gravestones that record three births: a physical birth, a spiritual birth, and an immortal birth.
Like in Buddism it is said we die 3 times - 1. Physical, when our body dies. 2. When our bones are but dust. 3. When our names are said no more.... Perhaps that is why we have our names on the tombstones or name our children after our ancestors.
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