09 July 2022

Blackout curtains, lost at sea - summer delights

 Tasseled drapery is a very common motif in a certain era, but this pair manages to feel particularly closed off in its arrangement. (Note, too, how wife Fannie's stone is more petite compared to husband Richard's.)

Front/north view:

Epitaphs (as transcribed in Cheetham, Donald, and Mark Cheetham. Pine Grove Cemetery, Bath Road, Brunswick, Maine, Cumberland County. Vol. 1, 2005. Richard's is pretty illegible to me.):

Fanny, we meet to part no more
and bud of them shall not fall to the grave
without your father.

But Fannie dear we'll meet again
for thy few sins have been forgiven
and thou hast gone with God to reign
an angel fair and bright in heaven.

Side view:

Rear/south view is very plain but offers more details. The couple died about a year apart, both pretty young:

Fannie E.
Wife of
R. L. McManus
Dec. 28, 1857.
Aged 18 yrs. 8 mos.

R. L. McManus
Dec. 7, 1858.
Aged 24 yrs, 10 mos, & 21 days

But look sharp! The obelisk to the far right from earlier in the family plot includes a "lost at sea" note (on the south face):

Richard McManus
Born April 1 1795,
Died Sept. 2 1875

Nathaniel McManus
Lost at sea 1832 AEt. 35

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