Friday, November 20, 2009

101 Ways, Part 115: Was Instantly Kill'd by a Stock of Boards

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

Aaron Bowers
d. 1791
Pepperell, MA

Yesterday, I wrote about Aaron's brother, John, who drowned in 1776 at the age of three. Aaron was born many years after his parents lost their first son and also died in an accident as a toddler. The verse at the end of the epitaph bears witness to his parents' ongoing grief.

Memento mori
In memory of
Aaron Bowers, son of
Mr. John Bowers & Mrs
Lydia his wife,
who was instantlykill'd
by a stock of boards Sept
12 1791. AEt 2 yrs & 10 mon
Parents dear your idols
all take down.
Lest God should still
upon you frown.

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