|Thomas Bancroft, 1718, Wakefield, MA|
Here Lyes the Body
of Deacon THOMAS
BANCROFT Who Sarved
The Curch of Reding
in the Office of a Dec
Aged 69 Years Who
Deceased June ye 12th, 1718
One Earth He Purchised a good Degre
Grte Boldness in ye faith & liberty
And Now Poseseth Imortality
The Memory of the Just is Blssed.
This epitaph is kind of a mess. It's squished into the available space, the lines are all different sizes, the spelling is funky, and the composition is inelegant. That's somewhat unusual for the Lamson shop — their epitaphs are usually planned out pretty well. Compare to this stone, which has similar iconography, carved by the Lamson shop in 1717.