Yesterday we featured Gideon Liscomb's tombstone and today we have his wife, Sarah's tombstone. It has the same raised and inscribed lettering as Gideon's, especially since it is a shared tombstone. The Liscomb Family name is at the bottom center of the tombstone. Strangely, Sarah's tombstone has the same hole and markings at the bottom of it as did Gideon's. This hole is much more pronounced than the one on Gideon's tombstone. This really looks like it was struck with something sharp and the eerie orange-red color coming from it looks like a wound, or almost like the tombstone is weeping. I really hope this tombstone was not a victim of vandalism.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Yesterday we had the photo of Francis Liscomb's tombstone and the story of my "rescuing" it. Today we have the tombstone of Francis' father, Gideon Liscomb. It is a shared tombstone with his wife. The words "father" and Gideon's name are in raised letters and the rest of the tombstone is inscribed. Notice the strange hole on the bottom of the tombstone and the apparent markings surrounding it. I am not sure what happened to this stone. Was it shot at one time? Was it hit with a sharp object or shovel? Was it drilled? We may never know but it is definitely interesting.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
I confess that before I took these photos I committed one of the cardinal sins when visiting a cemetery - I moved a tombstone. I felt justified in my sin as this stone was laying behind the base with the right side of the stone submerged into the ground. I slowly and carefully pulled the stone upright and carefully dragged it in front of the base and leaned it against the base. As you can see, the right side of the stone has been very weathered while submerged underground, practically making it unreadable. I was pleased I had "rescued" the stone because had I left it as it was the submersed section would have eventually become unreadable. Let me tell you - the stone is HEAVY! I could not believe how heavy it was! I even strained a chest muscle in moving it but it was worth it. I think Francis and the rest of the Liscomb Family would be happy with what I had done.
Friday, June 27, 2014
TOMBSTONE OF CAPT. WILLIAM PEACH & MARINA PEACH - Salisbury Cove Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, ME
This tombstone is very interesting. It tells us that Captain Peach was lost at sea. This information immediately invites us to perform more research on how the tragedy came about. The inscribed symbols around the names on this tombstone are also very interesting and decorative. The top of the stone has been weathered and has taken on a darker color. The bottom of the stone retains much of its milky white appearance giving the total tombstone an interesting hue of colors. Take notice also of the foot stone. It has both the Captain and his wife's initials.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
A weather worn tombstone. I am not sure if there was a design or other inscription above the name. There is no doubt this stone has seen a lot of storms! The inscription of the letters on the foot stone are in much better condition.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
TOMBSTONE OF CAPT. ERASTUS B. SALISBURY - Salisbury Cove Cemetery, Salisbury Cove Cemetery, Mount Desert Island, ME
A tombstone of a Captain who lived 89 years. I like very much the floral pattern on the upper portion of the stone as well as the general shape of the tombstone. The base looks to be a different material than the tombstone. Perhaps the tombstone one stood by itself and later was "installed" into the concrete base. Notice also that the name is in raised letters and the title "Capt." and the dates are inscribed.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
A lovely tombstone for a very young boy. Allie's name is in raised letters and the rest of the tombstone is inscribed. There is also an epitaph at the very bottom of the stone. I am thinking the object at the top center of the tombstone is floral but I am not sure.
Monday, June 23, 2014
TOMBSTONE OF WINFIELD S., JONATHAN N. & ADELAIDE V. HOPKINS - Salisbury Cove Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, ME
This is an interesting tombstone. One stone with 3 children's names. These are the children of Isaac and Delia E. Hopkins. Presumably the eldest child, Winfield S., has his name, death date and age in raised letters while the younger children have their names, death dates and ages inscribed on the stone. The 2 younger children, Jonathan and Adelaide, sadly both died within a few months of each other. Their older brother died about 8 years later. It is important to note that when one first looks at this stone one might mistaken it for just a tombstone for Winfield because of the raised letters. But when one takes the time to read the entire stone one can see that 2 other siblings are also buried here. A very neat tombstone indeed!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
TOMBSTONE OF EBENZER W. & SARAH PEACH - Salisbury Cove Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, ME
Interesting stone of Ebenezer and his wife, Sarah. What jumps out at me is that this couple each were 82 years and 1 month old when they died. Only a difference of 6 days else they would have died at the exact same age. Ebenezer's name is in raised lettering and the rest of the stone is inscribed. There is also a neat epitaph (very hard to read) at the bottom of the stone. There is also a foot stone, but only one.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
This stone has an eerie shadow looming over most of it. The color shading is amazing. Notice the pattern surrounding the word "DIED." The name has raised letters while the rest of stone is inscribed. There is also a foot stone with initials.
Friday, June 20, 2014
A very simple and traditional stone. The stone does look a but uneven around the curve and this could be from 124 years of age. Mrs. Young also has a foot stone. The inscription is clear and easily read.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Today we have an interesting colored tombstone. We see Annie was married to Horace and that she died in 1886. It looks like she was twenty something years old. The stone has some deterioration to it but structurally is pretty sound. Interesting is the different shades of color between the stone and its base. The foot stone looks to be a different material than the stone and its base. I also think the parallel box around Annie's name is interesting as it looks somewhat rough and unfinished. I am pretty sure Horace is buried next to her (there is a space) but he has no stone.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Sadly, today's tombstone only has the name of the deceased and her husband. The death date is on the tombstone (you can barely make out the word "Died" underneath the husband's name) but it has either been buried underground or is broken at that point and stuck in the ground. Strange indeed. I am sure at some point in time the full tombstone was visible but no longer. A shame. Abbie also has a foot stone.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
A simple stone with the death date and age inscribed. It has that ghostly white tint to parts of it that make it a neat stone. There is also a foot stone that has Mr. Liscomb's initials and this foot stone also has ghostly hints of white.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Today's stone is very neat. Mr. Ditzler must have loved camping and his tombstone reflects this. It says a lot about a person's loves in life what is depicted on his/her tombstone. A person's hobbies, likes and interests are becoming depicted more and more frequently on modern tombstones. Obviously, Mr. Ditzler loved being outdoors. Notice the wonderful outdoor depiction on his stone with clear birth and death dates. In short, his two word epitaph says it all - "Gone Camping."
Sunday, June 15, 2014
TOMBSTONE OF ISRAEL & MARANDA STROHM - Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery - Ephrata, PA
Today's tombstone is a beautiful stone. It is very well crafted, with very fine engraving - high quality indeed. Here we have a married couple, both with birth and death dates. The names are on either side of a beautiful branch or small tree. Is this indicative of a sort of family tree with the leaves representing this couple's ancestors? It is interesting to speculate. Maybe this couple was interested in Genealogy?
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Today's tombstone is one that genealogist's always like to see when they are researching ancestors. Both birth and death dates are on the stone and these dates can be either confirmed or denied with further research. We also know that Jacob was a husband although we do not know his wife's name or if he had children. It is important to check the surrounding stones to see if these relatives are buried nearby. This is a very nicely crafted stone for being 99 years old. The short epitaph underneath the age is also a sweet touch.
Friday, June 13, 2014
TOMBSTONE & GRAVE OF CAPTAIN GEORGE RICHARDSON - Salisbury Cove Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, ME
Today's tombstone is an old one (almost 192 years old). The Captain was only 27 years old when he died in 1822. One wonders how he died. Did he die naturally or was it as a result of his captaining a boat or a ship? These and other interesting thoughts go through one's mind when in a cemetery. These thoughts include: What did he look like? Where did he live? What were his philosophical views? and many more. The Captain also has a foot stone which marks his grave. It looks as if the tombstone might be partially underground.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
A simple tombstone of a veteran from Maine who served in World War II. The tombstone looks to be one that is furnished free of charge by the U.S. Veterans Administration. It shows that Mr. Stafford served in the Navy during World War II and lived to be 64 years old. This stone is at the extreme southern end of the cemetery underneath a series of bushes and also partially covered up by brush and overgrowth. You can tell that this brush and overgrowth has done damage to the stone. I had to duck under the bushes and pull brush and overgrowth away in order to take this picture. I would think that in another 10 years or so this stone could very well be consumed by the brush and overgrowth and may be difficult to locate. There is no medallion and no flag at this grave. A shame for a member of "The Greatest Generation."
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
TOMBSTONE & GRAVES OF NICHOLAS T. RICHARDSON & HANNAH RICHARDSON - Salisbury Cove Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, ME
Today's tombstone is the joint stone of Nicholas Richardson and his wife, Hannah. We know when both died and their ages at death, but one vital piece of information we do not know is Hannah's maiden name. Sometimes stones from the 19th Century like this one have the maiden name, but often they do not. Take notice also of the epitaph underneath Hannah's age. This is typical of many tombstones from the 19th Century. The foot stone is interesting. It is a joint foot stone, with both Nathan and Hannah's initials. Perhaps she is buried on top of his grave, but I doubt it. They are probably buried side by side. Finally, I love the eerie white emanating from the top of the tombstone.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
This is another interesting tombstone. We know this is the tombstone of Betsey Campbell, the "B" in Campbell barely legible so as to ascertain the surname. We also know that Betsey's mother's name is Margaret. Unfortunately, the name of her father is gone, having been inscribed at the breaking point of this tombstone. It also appears that Betsey's death date is inscribed on the bottom part of the stone and we could probably read it if the front part of the stone were to be pulled forward, but I did not touch the stone at all. Of note is the comma used after Betsey's name, almost as if her tombstone inscription was written in prose. It would be nice if this tombstone would someday be restored, but at least we know who is buried here.
Monday, June 9, 2014
A very sad thing to see when one visits older cemeteries is a pair of siblings or several family members buried close to each other, each having lived a short life. Today's tombstone, Caroline Fish, is similar and right next to her sister, Susan's tombstone. Caroline lived to be only 17. Susan was a young age as well. What heartache Captain and Mrs. Fish must have had burying their 2 daughters next to each other within a year! You can only imagine how many tears were shed at these graves. Just like Susan's grave, Caroline's has the beautiful "Bliss" inscribed above her name and information. She also has a foot stone like her sister. Further, the tombstone has inscribed her parents' names and when she died. The coloration of the stone is unique and the inscription is easier to read than Susan's. Since the graves are right next to each other it is interesting that one grave has weathered more than the other.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Today we have a very cool tombstone. Susan was a young woman when she died and the word "Bliss" is beautifully inscribed at the top of her stone. Not sure if this is a reference to the blissful existence she now enjoys presumably in Heaven or not. This headstone also has a foot stone with Susan's initials on it so one knows exactly what ground she is buried under. For genealogical purposes, I think it is also good to know that Susan was the daughter of Captain Gilbert Fish and Penelope Fish, this information clearly legible on her tombstone.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
A very simple tombstone. No birth or death dates, just an indication that this gentleman served in Company L of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery in the Civil War. A quick search of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery tells me that this regiment sustained one of the highest casualty rates in the Civil War. We also cannot tell if Mr. Newman was killed during the war or if he died after it ended. In case you are wondering, the medallion initials of "G A R" stand for "Grand Army of the Republic," which was what the Union Army was officially known as back in that time. There are several different tones of color on the stone. I wonder if dates were at one time inscribed under his name and service information? Too hard to tell but I would bet against it. No American flag at this grave to accompany the medallion is very disappointing.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Mr. Higgins, a veteran of Company D, 31st Maine Regiment in the Civil War, died in 1864 at a location that I cannot quite make out on his stone. I am guessing this location could be a battleground. Unfortunately, this stone was either the victim of weather deterioration or, worse, human tombstone abuse. Either way, it is unfortunate that this tombstone is not whole. Looking at the stone I am guessing it was broken a long time ago. Interesting to note is the different colors of each of the main broken sections, one kind of a sand color with dark hints and the other more white with hints of dark. I also notice that there is no American flag placed with his medallion. This is perturbing as there are a few other stones in the cemetery which have flags with the medallions. I also love the name "Orinton." Never heard that one before. Perhaps it is a family name that was passed on?
Thursday, June 5, 2014
I had the opportunity to photograph a small cemetery on Mount Desert Island, ME (One of the most beautiful places on Earth!), so I will be posting pics during the shoot for the next few days or maybe weeks. There is a nice sampling of stones from the 1840's - 1920's. You can see from the inscription on this stone that Mr. Burns participated in the Civil War and was a member of a heavy artillery regiment from Maine. He also died while the war was still ongoing, which leads one to believe that he quite possibly died as a result of his participation in the war. Also buried with him is one Lewis M. Burns and I believe this is quite possibly George's brother. I love the look of this stone with the various shades of color. Fortunately, it has not weathered too bad in 140 years.
Hello fellow cemetery hounds out there! After more than a 2 year absence, the Daily Tombstone Photo Blog is getting up and running again. I have been compiling more photos of tombstones to show you all and I would like to thank you for sticking with me! Stay tuned for posts on a daily (or almost daily) basis! Thanks again for visiting!