Friday, April 17, 2009

Silvester Collins

Silvester isn't an unheard of name, but I've never seen it used as a girl's name before. Silvester Collins of Newport, RI was "ye DAVGHTR OF ARNOLD COLLINS & OF SARAH HiS WiFE."

I'm also interested in John Stevens I's spelling of "departed" as "dparted."


Robert J. said...

Fascinating that the lettering is all capitals, and yet he dots all the capital I's. I haven't studies the Stevens stones carefully -- is that their usual practice?

Non sequitur in re: "101 Ways." I was in Waltham today and spent a few minutes walking through the Grove Hill Cemetery. The early section goes back to the 1710s at least and has quite a few lovely stones in excellent condition. It's a good place to see the mid-1700s transition from the striking purple/green banded slate favored by the Lamsons to the dark gray Pin Hill slate favored by the carvers of the later 1700s. Lots of Lamson-style stones from the early period, and I think many of the later ones are Daniel Hastings (but I haven't studied these folks carefully). The large and beautiful stone of the Rev. Mr. Samuel Angier, who d. 21 Jan 1718/19, aet. 63, reports that he faithfully discharged his responsibilities "Till his Translation to ye Temple Above."

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

Thanks for the tip. I haven't been to Grove Hill yet, but I will make a point of visiting now.

This stone was carved by John Stevens I, who carved in all capital letters (with dotted capital Is) between 1705 and 1709/10. Sometime around 1711, he learned to carve lowercase letters. A few later stones have all caps, but he stopped dotting the Is after he learned to carve lowercase.