Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Marther Stone

It's been a while since I posted a gravestone. The snow is mostly gone, but it's still very cold and icy, so I haven't been able to go on graveyard field trips. 
When going through some photos from last fall, I noticed this one from the North Burial Ground in Providence:
I took this picture because I was looking for examples of that strange plant-like shape — I didn't even notice the spelling of "Martha" as "Marther."
 We've seen this spelling variation before with Annar Lawrence and Alletherr Grosvenor.
Love it.


Anonymous said...

My friend just sent me the link to your blog, and its almost just like mine, i am currently a grad student at trinity in hartford and am doing my research methods project on gravestones in norwich ct. certain ones, that at this point i am not sure if they are footstones or crazy is that?

Robert J. said...

Job 17:13 is a pretty depressing verse. Not one of the customary hope-of-resurrection choices.

I had to run an errand into Boston yesterday and stopped in at Copp's Hill for a minute to say hello to two of my 10th-great grandparents. A beautiful clear day and hardly anyone else there.

The Mather tomb really needs some work -- it's disappointing to see an important one like that receive so little attention.

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

Great! I always love to hear from another taphophile!

I grew up in Willimantic and have some familiarity with the local graveyards, so if you ever need a tip or want to float a theory, drop me a line @

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...


You're absolutely right — the Mather tomb is in terrible shape. When I saw it last summer, the sandstone slab was broken into at least 3 pieces and the bricks were looking pretty sad. I can't imagine that the winter weather has improved things much.