Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gravestone of the Day: Ruth Owen

Ruth Owen, 1750, Providence, RI
In Memory of
Ruth Daugtr. of
Ioseph & Mary [Marcy? Margy?]
Owen died April ye 20st
1750 Aged 3 years
& 2 Months &
19 Deys

I wonder who cut this stone. Some of the letter forms are quite sophisticated — look at the lower-case g and the capital A — but the spelling and spacing are amateurish. The portrait/cherub is lovely, but the stone shape is rough. This stone is in the African-American section of the North Burial Ground in Providence, but I am not completely sure that it belongs to an African-American child.

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