22 September 2022

Happy autumn! (bonus post)

 Finally, autumn. Shorter days, the harvest, death -- the best time of year. I've got for you a memento mori -- a winged hourglass, this time -- crossed by a cross and a scythe.

From Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, LA, for William H. Preis. Died May 4, 1909, aged 57 years.

17 September 2022

Angels with attitude

 From Forest Hill Cemetery, New Derry, NH:

... a his-and-hers gravestone with two angels that seem unimpressed with visitors.


From the Masonic Cemetery in Chappell Hill, TX:

... a softer, happier -- dare I say dopier? -- angel.

From Pine Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, ME:

...I'm sure this is a look of quiet serenity but it gives me a side-eye vibe.


10 September 2022

Mexican-American War casualty

 From Pine Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, ME:

Moses Emery Merrill.
Capt. U.S.A. born Dec. 2, 1803: Graduated at West Point June 1826: Fell in battle, at Molino del Rey, in Mexico. Sept. 8, 1847. son of Roger & Sarah Merrill.

Reverent toward God, just and generous, a brave soldier, a true Man.
Peace to his ashes.

He did apparently leave behind at least one son, who has a short Wikipedia article about him summarizing, mainly, his Civil War service.

02 September 2022

Centenarian Obelisk

 150 years ago, Jacob G. Miller, soldier of 1812, died on Sept. 2 in the 100th year of his age. Good for him!

This detail is near the base of a fairly detailed obelisk that sports an urn set in a little portico space, an anchor, some nice zig-zags, and the drapery around the mid-section has a delicate, almost lacy profile compared to the usual heavy-looking drapery we see.

This marker also commemorates:

Mary Johnson,
Wife of Jacob G. Miller,
Died April 30, 1840,
Aged 80 years.

(And coincidentally, I'm drafting this post on April 30, 2022 - the 182nd anniversary of her death day.)