|Stephen Larrabee, 1718, Portland, ME|
HERE LYES ye
BODY OF STEPHEN
ye 1st 171
This stone may offer a clue about the interval between burial and the erection of a monument. Whoever bought this stone for Stephen Larrabee of Portland, Maine had to send away to Boston for the stone, which contains an error in the date. It could just be that the carver slipped and carved 1717 instead of 1718, but that error is much easier to make if you are carving in 1720 than in 1718.
Then again, this stone looks very much like others with dates in the 1710s, so who knows (also, Farber says that these stones were carved by John Foster before 1719). I am compiling a dossier of evidence on this question and this is just one minor bit of data.
|Edward Sprague, 1715, Malden, MA|