27 December 2010

War in 1838?

As I was perusing my cemetery photos, I came across a couple of a large, bench-oriented monument in Rome Cemetery, Rome, NY.

I took a closer shot of the epitaph for the husband of the pair, and a question came to me...

Our father, patriot War 1838, freedom
of slaves, philanthropist, inventor,
advocate of Maine Law Prohibition.

...what war in 1838? A basic Google search turned up various things, but the last descriptor suggests to me he was involved in the Aroostook War ("war," it was undeclared) between the U.S. and Britain over the Maine/Canada border. Who knew?

25 December 2010

06 December 2010

It's that time...

It's that time of the year/semester in which I am too busy to barely even remember I have a blog to maintain. On the upside, I've already been planning cemeteries to visit when I go back to Texas for Christmas. In the meantime, here's an oversized headstone from Cortland Gibson Chapel Rural Cemetery in NY:

For some perspective, the guy is a little over 6' (1.8m) tall.

Hardly the biggest or the best headstone around-- what I love is how typical it is in every other regard: normal color, uber-traditional shape...just very, very big.

19 November 2010

Last Will & Testament

From South Onondaga Cemetery:

A headstone, otherwise ordinary, crammed chock-full of biographic detail on the front...

Born in Ashford, Conn.
A teacher of youth at the age of eighteen,
Inspector and Commissioner of schools,
Justice of the Peace for 30 years,
Supervisor, Associate Justice,
Member of the N.Y.S. Assembly,
and 40 (?) years a zealous(?)
[advoc?]ate of temperance
....conscientious, Christian life.

...and on the back, a passage that reads straight out of a will:

I give and bequeath to the Trustees of the M. E. Society of South Onondaga in Trust, Five Hundred dollars to be kept by them at interest secured by Bond and Mortgage, or in a Savings Bank -- the interest of the same to be appropriated [...] and improvement of the South Onondaga Cemetery [...]

16 November 2010

Water, water

From Fairview Cemetery, city: uncertain. Possibly Ovid? I think I passed it on the way to Sheldrake Point Winery...Anyway:

 Waterman Thomas, quite the name.

13 November 2010

Matched Set 3

From Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Syracuse:

Each member of the family buried here with his or her own sprig of plant-life.

Related posts:
Matched Set 1
Matched Set 2

11 November 2010


Since Veteran's Day has is its origins with the conclusion of World War 1, here are a few graves of men who died overseas for that war.

From Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Syracuse:

Wilfred Wickliffe Porter Jr
1st Lieut. Co B 305th MGB USA
Feb 23 1888 - Aug 20 1918
"In France"

Harold Greene Porter MD
Lieut (jg) Medical Corps USNRF
US Naval Hospital Chelsea Mass
Aug 20 1893 - Sept 10 1918

From Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse:

 Leonard A. Smith
1897 - 1918
1st. Class Private
Co. C. 106th N.Y. Inf. 27th Div.
Died in France

Edward M. Casey
Born March 21st 1894
Machine Gun Co. 30th Infantry
Killed in action October 19, 1918
Meuse-Argonne Offensive, France

Related post:

10 November 2010

Top 10 Unusual Cemeteries

From TopTenz.net, a list of 10 unusual cemeteries. (via Neatorama) My favorite is the underwater "cemetery" at #5:

The Neptune Memorial Reef (also known as the Atlantis Memorial Reef or the Atlantis Reef) is the world’s first underwater mausoleum for cremated remains and the world’s largest man-made reef. Opened in 2007, off the coast of Miami Beach, the Neptune Memorial Reef is the perfect final resting place for those who loved the sea.

09 November 2010


From Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse:

My Woman and My Man, beloved wife/husband, mother/father, and grandmother/grandfather.

06 November 2010

Oops, one more

I noticed after I posted yesterday that there was one more urn-centric monument from Oakland Cemetery that I could have posted, so here it is today.

Of note:
  • Greek style of the urn
  • Dr. James Reese McKeldin, Ph.D. (seems a little redundant to me to state both Dr. and Ph.D. titles-- I wonder in what? He was obviously proud of it.)
  • Bessie McKeldin Clark somehow died in Mexico

05 November 2010


So, my month of constant updates has concluded, more or less successfully (yay!). Back to your irregularly scheduled (but hopefully frequent) programming.

From Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta:

Three large metal-cast and green-patina'd urns. Piled with cloth:

A pair in front of a Gothic-styled mausoleum:

And sitting elegantly under a portico, bookended by benches.

Some scale for the last one:

31 October 2010

Happy Halloween!

Or, if you'd rather a spooky gravesite decoration, check out this old post from Tomb Wrecks. I can only hope someday my descendants will put a "Zombie Xing" sign on my grave at Halloween.

30 October 2010

A male statue

So, instead of a sad stone lady, here's an intellectual male statue, from Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica:

Part of a giant...structure:

29 October 2010

A mysterious prop

From Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse:

A statue, high atop a tall obelisk, holding something neither a book nor an anchor (unique!), nor anything I can really readily identify (too unique!) It looks like a weighing scale, only...not.

28 October 2010


More hands on gravestones...

From Liverpool Cemetery, Liverpool, NY:

...holding flowers...

This one was also neat because the inscription is in German, as you can see more fully on that of two of Katharina Kissel's relations:

From Walnut Grove Cemetery, Syracuse:

...holding a book...

From Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta:

...grabbing the link of a chain and symbolically snuffing someone's life...

From Chappell Hill Masonic Cemetery, Chappell Hill:

...and clasping another well-sculpted hand.

Related post:
Hand of God

27 October 2010


From Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester:

I wish I knew what inspired this unique layout...a background in math? puzzles? design? Compulsive pursuit of symmetry? 


25 October 2010

Ichabod Crane

The lovely blog Scouting New York is, naturally, on a Halloween kick, including this post from a few days ago on the overgrown New Springfield Cemetery on Staten Island, final resting place of the real-life Ichabod Crane, namesake of the Sleepy Hollow character. Pictures abound!

Go see Halloween in NY: In Search of Ichabod Crane

Little children

From Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta:

A child's headstone, of a little child/cherub curled up in a seashell:

Epitaph: Fell asleep Aug't 10th 1869. Aged 9 mon's & 1 day.

From Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester:

A small obelisk structure for "Our Willie," who is "Over in the summer land." the epitaph notes. The top is a neat little statue/column affair, but to me the most noteworthy part of this headstone is that chubby, creepy little hand.

Related post:
Little shoes

24 October 2010


From Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta:

Another sad stone woman:

Related post:
Sad Stone Ladies

23 October 2010

Cemetery critters

Stepping outside my normal purview a bit for some pictures of cute critters that held still long enough for me to get a picture.

From Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester:

Surprised the poor little thing and he wound up just freezing for several seconds.

From Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, another chipmunk, perched on a headstone:

 And one of the lovely black-furred squirrels that runs around up here:

From Walnut Grove Cemetery, Syracuse:

A non-living specimen-- a cement sculpture of what was apparently once a cardinal, perched alongside the stone urn atop an obelisk:

22 October 2010

Rocky epitaph

From Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse:

A charming epitaph carved into a big chunk of rock left sort of out of the way of all the other headstones in that section.

I'd rather be a rather be
Than be a rather been,
Because you see a rather be
Is not a might have been.
                  ...F. H. Harms

Even more poignant as an epitaph, I think.

And a slightly different angle:

21 October 2010

Dynamic text

Bold font stylings on headstones that put me in mind of flashy comic book-style text.

From Gibson Chapel Rural Cemetery, Cortland:

Flashy gold letters in a unique font, dramatically slanting across the headstone:

From South Onondaga Cemetery:

Really just the word "died" on this one, which so boldly different from the rest of the text and is really the most prominent word down there.

20 October 2010


And finally, from Oakwood Cemetery, some lovely examples of attention to detail:

A Gothicy monument with very realistic flowers adorning its peak.

Nice detailing of...uh, some sort of plant (thistle?) along the arms of this bench.

A towering obelisk, which was the primary inspiration for this post:

A closer view:

And finally, the intricately-filled circle pattern on the end of an above-ground tomb:

Also of note! Today is the official one-year anniversary of my first post. Yay!

Family ties

Epitaphs that mention a family tie and fall outside the usual Wife/Son/Daughter identification. For instance...

From Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse:

One more uncommon "husband" identifier, complete with a possessive!

From Rome Cemetery, Rome, NY:

In memory of
Anna Elizabeth
Landon Adopted
daughter of Numa
& Betsy Leonard
who died Dec. 16,
1827, in the 6 year
of her age.

From Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester:

Amelia I.
Second wife of
John Robb
Jan. 9, 1883
Ae. 80 yrs.

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