Saturday, April 2, 2011

Obscure Biblical Names: Ruhamah

Ruhamah Wood
d. 8 March 1791
Brooklyn, CT
Ruhamah Wood, 1791, Brooklyn, CT

Ruhamah Wood's gravestone in Brooklyn, CT reads,
In Memory of Mrs
Ruhama, wife of
Mr Be(n)jamin Wood
who died March
8th 1791 in the 28th 
year of her age.
Behold me here
you splended youth
The tale I tell
is all the truth
Tho you are young
you may die soon
My morning sun
went down at noon

In the Bible, Ruhamah is a symbolic name given to the daughter(s?) of Hosea (Hosea 2:1).

Obscure Bible Names Alphabet


Joe said...

I'm lovin' your blog. Quite interesting reading. A favor, if you please: Could you post the name of the cemetery where the pictures were taken. I, too, like to photograph gravestones and it would make it easier for me to find them if I knew the specific cemetery name. Thanks!

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

Sure. I try to post the name when there is more than one burying ground in a town (NCBG in Newport, Mount Auburn in Cambridge, Trumbull in Lebanon, CT, etc.), but most of the time, the name is just "the graveyard." I think this one in Brooklyn might technically be called "South Cemetery," but no one in town calls it that. I have family in Brooklyn and got married there – it's just "the cemetery." I certainly try to include a name if I am in a family cemetery or one that is not the main town burying ground.

What's probably more helpful is to post directions. South Cemetery in Brooklyn is on Rte 169 (Canterbury Rd) about half a mile south of the town center (take the right fork where 169 and 205 split).

Joe said...

Thanks so much!
I'll definitely be checking some of these cemeteries out.

Fin said...

Sounds like an excuse to get a GPS unit for the camera before the summer gravestoning season!

Leslie Vander Meulen said...

I love your blog, I found you some time back with 101 Ways to say Died and I always read when I receive an email that you've added. Now I'm reading more! As a descendant of both Union & Confederate ancestors, I too believe Harvard should be inclusive...its Confederate soldiers deserve the same recognition as all other Harvard graduates. I'm an Adams descendant, and I love reading about JQA's time at Harvard, he was an amazing man, nevermind a bit of a misfit socially, a true brilliant man who served us all so well for so long. We owe him so much! Your educational laments are well received, I recently heard of a young teacher in the midwest who referred to WWII as World War Eleven..yes, sad but true!