Friday, September 3, 2010

Gravestone of the Day: Charlot Whitney

Charlot Whitney, 1802, Wrentham, MA
In memory of Charlot
Whitney Daughter of
Moses Whitney Esqr.
& Mrs Nancy his wife
who Died March 4th,
1802 in ye 5th month
of her Age.
Happy infant early blest
Rest in peaceful slumber rest,
Early rescu'd from the cares
Which increase with growing years.


Robert J. said...

Are there still a lot of winged skulls in Wrentham in 1802? In north-central Mass the skulls are mostly gone by the 1760s, and the winged heads by 1800.


Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

There is an unusual concentration of late-dated winged skulls in Wrentham. The local Fisher/Farrington workshop was still turning out lots of these stones in the 1790s, but there are only a few from the 1800s.

They do look old-fashioned, though. You'll see a few winged skulls in the Providence area in the 1780s (see Freelove Angell), but not many.