Climbing Family Trees: More interesting epitaphs!

Climbing Family Trees

More great stories, poems, and helpful hints about genealogy and searching for your family's roots from the twin authors of "Climbing Family Trees: Whispers In The Leaves"

Saturday, October 15, 2005

More interesting epitaphs!

On a grave from the 1880's in Nantucket, Massachusetts:
Under the sod and under the trees
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there's only the pod:
Pease shelled out and went to God.
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The grave of Ellen Shannon in Girard, Pennsylvania is almost a consumer tip:
Who was fatally burned March 21, 1870 by the explosion of a lamp filled with "R.E. Danforth's Non-Explosive Burning Fluid"
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Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York:
Born 1903--Died 1942
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down.
It was.
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In a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery:
Here lies an Atheist
All dressed up
And no place to go.
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Dr. Fred Roberts
Brookland, Arkansas: Office upstairs

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Anna Hopewell’s grave in Enosburg Falls, Vermont
Here lies the body of our dead Annagone to death by a bananaIt wasn't the fruit that dealt the blowBut the skin of the thing that laid her low!
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On a grave from the 1880’s in Nantucket, Massachusetts

“Under the sod
Under these trees
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here,
But only his pod.
He has shelled out his peas,
And gone to his God.

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Here lies one who for medicine would not give a little gold,
And so his life he lost:
I bet now he’d wish again to live,
Could he but guess how much his funeral cost.

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Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,To digg the dust encloased heare!Blest be the man that spares thes stones,And curst be he that moves my bones.William Shakespeare (Holy Trinity Church; Stratford-on-Avon, England)
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Edward Elliot
Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Hailifax, Nova Scotia
SACREDTO THE MEMORY OFEVERETT EDWARDELLIOTTOF THE HEROIC CREWS.S. "TITANIC" DIED ON DUTYAPRIL 15, 1912AGE 24 YEARS EACH MAN STOOD AT HIS POSTWHILE ALL THE WEAKER ONESWENT BY, AND SHOWED ONCEMORE TO ALL THE WORLDHOW ENGLISHMEN SHOULD DIE.
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Thomas O. Murphy
Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia
Sh-h-h

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Christopher Wren
St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England
If you seek my monument,look around you
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Wife of Peter Leslie
Greyfriar's Churchyard, Edinburgh, Scotland
She was!But words are wanting to say what.Think what a wife should be,And she was that
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On Margaret Daniels grave at Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, Virginia
She always said her feet were killing her
but nobody believed her.
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