|Elizabeth Fernald, 1804, Copp's Hill, Boston, MA|
Sacred to the Memory of
Mrs. ELIZABETH FERNALD
amiable Wife of
Capt. ABRAHAM FERNALD
(Also in Memory of
her Husband and Children)
who died Febt. 27th. 1804
in the 34th. Year of her age.
O. my Friends remember that the Lord giveth
& taketh away, & blessed be the name of the
Lord. O my Husband & Children, [dry up
your tears, & remember that you must all follow
me sooner or later, where we must all lie till Christ
our Saviour bids us arise; for thy will must be done. Amen.]
I haven't been able to find much information on Elizabeth Fernald or her family. I found one Ancestry.com family tree that listed an Abraham Fernald who died at sea in 1804 whose wife, Elizabeth Mills, also died in 1804. That might explain why the stone was "also in memory of her husband," but I haven't found any children for the couple. Perhaps they died as infants? If her husband and children were already dead, the verse, "O my Husband and Children, dry up your tears . . ." doesn't make much sense.