Tuesday, June 2, 2009

101 Ways, Part 84: . . . And Have Never Since Been Heard Of

For a brief intro to the "101 Ways to Say 'Died'" series, click here.
Erected in Memory of
aged 27 years and
aged 19 years,
sons of
Mr. Benjamin Tompkins
and Deborah his wife.
They sailed from Norfolk,
Va. Aug. 24. 1826.
in the brig MARY-ELIZA,
bound to Antigua
and have never since been 
heard of.

Isaac and Davis Tompkins, Little Compton, RI, 1826

1 comment:

Robert J. said...

"Oh! ye whose dead lie buried beneath the green grass; who standing among flowers can say—here, here lies my beloved; ye know not the desolation that broods in bosoms like these. What bitter blanks in those black-bordered marbles which cover no ashes! What despair in those immovable inscriptions! What deadly voids and unbidden infidelities in the lines that seem to gnaw upon all Faith, and refuse resurrections to the beings who have placelessly perished without a grave. As well might those tablets stand in the cave of Elephanta as here."