Friday, June 25, 2010

Gravestone of the Day: Lydia Duncklee

Here is a sweet stone that is in a sad state of decay:
Lydia Duncklee, 1797, Charlestown, MA
This Stone
Was Erected
In memory of his beloved wife
who died Feby. 22 1797
Aged 38 Years.
And of their Infant son
Nathaniel Mead Duncklee
who died Jany. 31 179-
age 2 Weeks.

There are several notable things here:
  • the stone tells us when it was erected
  • the name of the person who erected the stone comes before the name(s) of the deceased
  • the epitaph makes explicit reference to emotional attachment

1 comment:

Jim Blachowicz said...

This isn't the only stone in Phipps cemetery that's scaling off in this way. I'm not sure why. I don't think I've seen this many cases elsewhere.

By the way, this was carved by Robert Fowle & lettered by Caleb Lamson II, who worked together for quite a while...