Friday, November 28, 2008

101 Ways, Part 68: Chearfully Resigned Her Spret Into the Hand of Jesus

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

This elaborated form of "resigned his soul to God" can be found in the graveyard in Mansfield Center, CT:

The Memory of Mrs. Hannah williams
Daugher of ye Revd Mr. Eleazer & Mrs.
Mary Williams Who after A patient
Enduring of a Lingring Sickness and
Experience of the divine power and
Grace Chearfully Resigned her Spret [spirit]
Into the hand of jesus in hops of the
promise of Eternal Life on the 18th of
Novemr. 1749 in ye 27[?] Year of her Age.

The raised head, turkey-feather fan, pinwheels, and central heart all point to this as the work of Benjamin Collins. Collins, a student of Obadiah Wheeler, replicated his teacher's discursive epitaph style.

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