Susan Lenz

The "Strata Series" was inspired by the cross-sectional profiles of the earth. The resulting series was worked on water-soluble fabric in free motion machine embroidery. The series was SHORT LIVED. Thus, this blog is a place to BURY blog the cross-sectional profiles. It functions as a support area for my "main" blog which is Art in Stitches by Susan Lenz.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


I'm burying these epitaphs on this blog. It's Saturday, June 13, 2009...even though the date on this post isn't Saturday, June 13, 2009! These words don't really belong here....but it's my blog and....well...why not! Over the coming months I'll be referring to this 31 page document. I've got it all printed....even though I'm still adding to it. From this list I'll be creating my hanging installation of epitaphs....each free motion machine embroidered onto three shades of the sheerest chiffon I could find. The "tests" for this installation were documented here.

(From Shive's Funeral Home, Columbia, SC)

Bath Abbey: (I kept the "s" symbol used in many of the epitaphs.)

This stone is erected….as a small tribute of grateful affection to the best of brothers.

His Judgment, Talents and Benevolence were conspiciuous.

By the Death of this Gentleman, an ancient and reƒpectable Family in Ireland became extinct. 1788

Affectionate to her Friends, beloved by her Acquaintance, bleƒsed with diƒtinguiƒhed abilities, ƒhe wasƒo improved by the Knowledge of various Languages and Sciences, that Elegance of Diction, Beauty of Sentiment, the Majeƒty of Wiƒdom, and the Grave of Perƒusƒiion eyer hung upon her Lips; the Bonds of Life being gradually diƒsolved, ƒhe winged her Flight from the World in expectation of a better, the 15th January 1810.

This Monument (the grateful Tribute of a Daughters Affection) is created to the Memory of Mr. LUKE FLOOD, who died June 9th 1768, Aged 52 and to the Memory of ANNE his Wife who died June 4th. 1744 Aged 50. An Honeƒt Man. A Good Woman.

One of the moƒt valuable Women that ever lived; whoƒe principal Happineƒs conƒiƒted (altho’ ƒhe was of ƒome rank,) in a real & unbounded Affection &; Tenderneƒsfor her Husband and Children. 1765.

Yet take theƒe tears, Mortalitys relief
And till we ƒhare your joys, forgive our grief,
Theƒe little rifes, a ƒtone, a verƒe receive
Tis, all a Brother, all a Friend can give.
Pope. 1801

who ended a sickly life by a sudden death (caus’d by an inward impoƒthume) Febr: 18th 1671. Though sudden to her friends yet not so to her, As appears by these verses found in her Closet after her decease, "Death is a common lot of all, It Spareth neither greate nor small. Then (Since the time’s not in our pow’r) Let’s live as though’t were our last hour. For come when’t will’t will sudden seem, Although the warning long hath been. And be not troubled, if your friends Come suddenly unto their ends. For’t is a debt, that all must pay, Though some do goe a neerer way Then others, yet the iourney’s sure, And some paine in’t we must endure. How neceƒsary ‘tis to be Prepar’d for death, pray, fearne of me.

She had endeared herself to her relations and friends by an early Piety, an active Charity, and all the milder Virtues of her sex. 1792.

He calmly resigned his breath to the Maker. 1820.

Strictly Moral, truly Good: In his Integrity, unbyaƒsed & unƒhaken: in Buƒineƒs, cloƒe & indefatigable: in his Life & Actions, plain & uniforme: in his Devotions, conƒtant & exemplary. 1728.

She bore a tedious and painful illneƒs with Chriƒtain Fortitude, and died the 7th of February 1778 with humble reƒignation to the will of God. Aged 25. Her numbrleƒs Virtues and Accompliƒhments would have adorned a longer life.

Derived from a long line of ancestors rendered the nobility of his family conspicuous: whilst the elegance of his manners, the accomplishment of his mind & the refinement of his taste gave additional ƒplendor to the dignity of his birth. 1808.

Fondly attached in life….They were thus in death not long divided. 1838.

Nov. 1810. Aged 50 Years. Resig’d gentle, courteous, affable, To relations Kind, to the poor a friend, She never was nor made an Enemy; How few will be able to equal what all should endeavour to imitate….Her afflicted husband.

Beneficent to his fellow creatures. Kind to his family and just to all 1830.

Her underƒtanding was excellent. Her genius innocently sprightly. Her heart sincere and generous. Her converƒation agreeable. Her friendƒhip conƒtant. Her mind & perƒon equally amiable. 1756

Died after long and patient endurance of the Malady which proved fatal to her. 1796.

(After birth and death facts, 1786) Reader: If such thou art from heedleƒs curiosity, Enough is told thee. But if thou hast lost a Parent ever kind, ever liberal, ever self denying, Ask thine own heart for what is wanting here. Vale matrum optima! Ave anima beata! (Translation: Bid farewell, Mother! Breathe happiness!)

A man of Stricteƒt Integrity his reƒignation was Exemplary Evincing in his laƒt moments the Happy Proƒpect of a bleƒsed Immortality. 1811

After having borne a very long, painful, and lingering Illneƒs, with the utmoƒt Chriƒtian Patience & Fortitude, was by the Goodneƒs of His Creator, releaƒed from his Sufferings. 1775

Who in a moment of Social Pleasure had a fall that deprived him of life.

Interr’d amid the mansions of the dead. The gay unthinking o’er thy tomb will tread: While thy pure Soul to bliƒsful regions borne; Hallow’d joys shall to lie; and e’er ceaƒe to mourn. 1824

The stone is placed here by her husband To whom she was endeared by many ties And who lives with their only child to deplore her untimely death. 1832.

The World Recedes; it Disappears: Heaven opens on my eyes! My ears with Sounds seraphic ring; Lend, Lend your wings! I mount! I fly! O Grave! Where is thy Victory? O Death? Where is they Sting? Susan….of the Island of Barbadoes 18th April. 1833. 28 years.

An excellent person. Well natu’d, diƒcreet, and virtuous moƒt affectionately beloved by her relations and moƒt juƒtly eƒteemed by all that knew her. It pleaƒed God to viƒit her with a tedious & severe illneƒs, which (tho. In the flower of her age & bleƒsed with a plentiful Fortune) she bore with great Evenneƒs & Conƒtancy. She prepared her self by frequent & fervent Devotion for her diƒsolution which ƒhe waited for with ƒuch pious Reƒignation as manifeƒted her heart to be affected with y POWER of RELIGION and the well grounded hopes of a Bleƒsed ETERNITY. Her life being the more deƒirable In that the firƒt real occaƒion of Grief she gave her sorrowful Mother was her DEATH. 1713.

The Love was diƒinterested, their affection mutual, and Their Senƒibility equal. Thus attached, and thus bound by every tender Cord which winds about the Heart, their inceƒsant Prayer was never to be ƒeparated, moƒt indulgent Heaven tranƒlated them from this vale of wretchneƒs, and, in kindneƒs to their Prayer, united them in the bliƒsful Regious of Eternity. (No Date)

Her faith was lively and steadfast. Her charities liberal and ostentatious. Her friendship warm and constant. Her patience Under a long and painful illness exemplary. Her character throughout truly Christian. 1827.

If he whoƒe ƒobereƒt aim was to impart The Balm of Comfort to each aching Heart.
In all whoƒe actions Truth and Candour Shone. Who Car’d to mark no Frailties but his own. Had Virtues which his memory ƒhould endear: Reader: O’er Gordon’s Reliques drop a tear. 1800.

Ever sin could blight or sorrow fade Death came with timely care. The opening bud to heaven conveyed, and Bade it Blossom there. 1825.

‘Tis Natures part, a Mother to deplore, Whoƒe early Care, demands that juƒt return. Religion only, can our Peace reƒtore, And bring relief to thoƒe who’ve cauƒe to mourn. 1807.…and whoƒe life was ƒpent in the unwearied practice of every virtue that can adorn Humanity! After enduring with exemplary patience the lingering tortures of an excruciating diƒeaƒe; He deƒcended to an untimely grave. February 1ƒt. 1797. Aged 36 years. Univerƒally beloved. Univerƒally regretted. Wherever his amiable and upright character had brightened the path of Life.

Leaving five Children who sincerely loved her. 1817.

He was a dutiful son, an affectionate brother, and a strictly honest man. 1853.

Stranger whoever thou art that readest this fair Tablet weep for the living and not for the dead….for “Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven”. 1832.

Mine Own Will I bring again as I did sometime from the deep of the sea.

“Nothing in my hand I bring. Simply to Thy Cross I cling”.

Her Children rise up and call Her Blessed. 1861.

…and also a wife. 1831.

Here lays his Wife, who fulfilled with fidelity and affection her conjugal and maternal duties….her with her children: Thomas. 1789. Aged 1 month; Georgina. 1794. 2 years; Maria. 1796. 3 years; Mary. 1801. 4 years; Sarah. 1819. 17 years.

The beauteous flower untimely withered. 1816.

Charleston, downtown cemeteries:

Death, like a narrow sea, divides that heavenly land from ours. We therefore commit his body to the deep….looking for the resurrection….when the sea shall give up her dead.

My flesh shall slumber in the ground, ‘Till the last trumpet’s awful sound: Then burst the bands with sweet surprise, and in my Savior’s image rise. 1892

First native born American.

When will the morning come? Her flesh also shall rest in hope. 1857

As a husband, affectionate; As a father, kind & indulgent; As a friend, warm and sincere. 1847.

She live, loved by all who knew her and died deeply lamented. 1844.

Art thou not by? To soothe and save. To lay us gently in the grave. To close the weary eye and hush the parting breath. 1875

For he who dies believing Dies safely through thy love So buried with our Lord. We’ll close our eyes To the decaying world, Till Angels Bid Us Rise.

This marble erected by his widow as a tribute of respect due to his memory. 1813.

Rock-a-Bye, Baby. March 25, 1902 – Sept. 12, 1903.

For as in Adam all die, Even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1795.

She leaves loving parents and friends to mourn their loss. She adorned the Christian Religion in every station of her life, which was A Continued Scene of exemplary Piety. She departed this life 13th of October 1749 much lamented.

Shall we receive good at the hand of God? And shall we not receive evil? The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. 1747.

Great GOD is this our certain DOOM And are we still secure, Still walking downwards to our tombs. 1790.

To all the grace of the Female Character, she added to the Virtues which adorn the Christian. She was one of the oldest Members of the Independent Church: and closed a Life, full of Piety and usefulness; by a Death peaceful and happy. A numerous Posterity reared by her kindness and instructed by her example will long cherish her memory with respect and affection. 1825.

Little Johnnie.Died June 9, 1859Aged 7 month.

They were lovely and Please people in their lives, and in their death they were not divided. 1857.

Unsullied purity and integrity. 1839.

Her moral and intellectual qualities, benevolent temper and polished manner rendered her dear. 1862.

Thy weary pilgrimages is past.

Thou art received into rest. A Bliss, which evermore shall last.

Stop, Stop, dear youth and view this stone. Pass not so heedless by. To you it speaks in language strong. Though young, prepare to die. Obit. 30th. Nov.r. 1822. Aged 10 Years and 8 months.

When at the call of his country, He repaired to the Field of Battle.

Man dieth, and wastith away: Yea, man giveth up the ghost and where is he? 1836.

Our Life is ever on the wing, And Death is ever neigh. The moment when our Lives Begin, We all Beging to Die. 1769. Aged 22 months.

His death I the prime of Manhood shows our frail tenure upon Life. 1832.

O Death, Where is thy Sting? O Grave, Where is thy Victory?

He lived much Esteemed by all that had the Happiness of his acquaintance and died justly lamented. 1763.

His disposition was mild candid and generous in performing the various duties of social life he was exemplary. 1815.

‘Tis God that lifts our Conforts high or sinks them in the Grave. 1770.

Man that is born of Woman hath but a short time to live and is full of misery. 1757.

Reader, here lie the REMAINS of a good and virtuous man. “Go Thou and do likewise”. 1821.

Dear Spirit ‘tis not the Sculpture Stone can speak thy worth.

How lov’d! How valu’d once! Avails thee not, to whom related or by whom begot A heap of Dust alone remains of Thee Tis all thou art and all the Proud shall be. 1763.

Sweet Babe. Let guardian angels round the tomb descend And watch thy silent dust with Holy Care.

Who after happily exemplifying the Conjugal and Maternal Virtues for upward of 37 years was suddenly arrested by the hand of Death to the no small grief of her numerous relations.

Quick was her Flight and short the road. She closed her Eyes and saw her God.

A strong and open Enemy of Infidelity and Skepticism. The style of his Composure was manly, nervous, and clear.

Theater Church, London:

For Him in Vain the Envious Season Poll Who Bears Eternal Summer in His Soul.

All the is beautiful shall abide.

Thous they world by task hat done, Home art gone. Cymbeline. Act IV Scene ii

Suddenly taken away, much regretted.

The last of a family endowed with genius, He delighted in cultivating his own And in Rewarding that of others. His religious feelings were humble and sincere. 1835.

Inspired player of small parts. 1906-1983.

He maintained with steadiness and zeal the benignity of his manners. 1794.

There’s a divinity that shapes our ends. 1978.

He was a father to the fatherless. 1817.

For love of Pantopuck the Puppetman. 1978.

A creator of beauty. 1980.

Theatre Director. Till We Meet Again. 1980.

We’ll gather lilacs again.1981.

Boris Karloff (Wm. Henry Pratt) Actor 1887 – 1969. He nothing common did, or mean, Upon that memorable scene. (Andrew Marvell)

A daughter of the Gods, Divinely Tall, and Most Divinely Fair. 1977.

S. Margaret’s at Westminister:

When the ear heard them, The it Blessed Them and When the Eye saw them, then it gave witness to Them. 1889.

O’er Every Sea Strong Sailor Sleeping Sound as Sleep. 1661.

A Master printer of the Press. He spake by mouth of many thousand tongues: He swayed the pens which break the scepters, Good Lord make Thy strong ones faithful and Thy Bold Afraid.

Here rests a Woman Good without pretense, Blest with plain Reason & with sober Sense; No Conquest she but or’e her Self, desire. No Arts essay’d but not to beadmir’d: Passion & Pride were to her Soul unknown. 1794.

By her Will she gave considerable sum of money to be distributed among poor widows. 1822.

A Man is Never So tall as when he stoops to help a child. A. Lincoln.1983.

In many lands and among every race he defended justice and befriended the weak. 1945.

In memory of the late deceased virgin. 1792.

She dyed big of her 2nd child in ye 21st year of her Age. 1591.

Reader – Should you reflect on his errors Remember his many Virtues And that he was a mortal. 1618.

Westminster Abbey:

He died in consequence of severe wounds he received in memorable action. 1799.

O ye Frost and Cold, O Ye Ice and Snow. Bless Ye the Lord: Praise, him and magnify him forever. Not Here: The White North has thy Bones; and thou, heroic sailor-soul, Art Passing on thine happier Voyage now Toward no Earthly pole. Tennyson. 1859.

Was Slain in the Moment of Victory. 1759

Devout without superstition. 1700.

We few…We happy few. We Band of Brothers. Royal Air Force.

She had Beauty and Wit without Vice or Vanity and cultivated the Arts without Affection. She was devout tho’ without bigotry to any party. She loved a private life tho’ born to shine in public and was an ornament to Courts untainted by them. 1737.


Universally beloved, revered, lamented. 1776.

His heart was as truly Great and Noble As his High Descent. Faithful to his God. A Lover of his Country. A relation to Relations. A Detester of Detraction. A Friend to Mankind. Naturally generous and compassionate His liberality and his Charity to the Poor were without Bounds. He went to a better Life. 1762.

Mans life is measured by the work, not days. No aged sloth but active youth hath prayes.

In person she was seemly, amiable, and beauteous. 1485.

In the prison of his days Teach the free man how to praise.

Protect his Memory and Preserve his Story. Remain a lasting Monument of his Glory. 1631.

Reader – If, on perusing this tribute to a private individual, thou should’st be disposed to suspect it as partial or to censure it as diffuse, know that it is not panegyric but history. 1816.

With Courage to Endure.

He had many friends and not one enemy. 1800.

In private life, he was remarkable for his much, unassuming, and disinterested disposition. 1813.

He was eminently useful to the public. 1788.

To paint fair nature by divine command her magic pencil in his glowing hand. 1797.

Father of all, grant to the prayers of a Father and Mother that their surviving children may imitate the qualities of such a brother. 1782.

One who deserved no greater worldly happiness than to be accounted honest and faithful in his employment. 1657.

His body was flung on the shore and buried with others in the sand. 1707.

We celebrate your finest role – yourself. (Dame Sybil Thorndike)

A Talent to Amuse (Noël Coward)

The toils of Life and Pangs of Death are o’er And Care and Pain and Sickness are no more. 1761.

He smil’d in Death; tho’ early snatched from hence. Death had no sting for such Innocence. 1778.

Sagacious by Nature. Industrious by Habit. Inquisitive with Art. 1866.

He giveth his beloved sleep. When I awake up After Thy likeness I shall be satisfied with it. 1895.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is Death.

Our loss, Thy Highest Gain. 1859.

They shall come from the east and from the west and shall all dawn in the Kingdom of God. 1957.

Peace, peace! She is not Dead. She doth not sleep. She hast awakened from the dream of Life. 1909.

He lives. He wakes – Tis death is dead. Not he. 1916.

He feared man so little because he feared God so much. 1879.

Not by might nor by power but by spirit thou wilt show me the path of life in they presence is fullness of joy. 1903.

Reader, who e’re thou art, let the sight of this Tomb imprint in thy Mind, that Young and Old (without distinction) leave this World: and therefore fail not to secure the next. 1705.

Leaving to posterity a fame unblemished, Raised on the Noble Basis of Intellectual attainments, high principles, and pure benevolence, Goodness with Gaiety, talents, and taste were of his gifted mind the blended attributes. 1814.

The Suavity of his manners tempered the strictness of his discipline. 1819.

A Just Man. 1853

Archbishops’ churchyard, London:

Adieu Blest Woman, partner of my life. A tender mother and faithful Wife. 1835

In hope of Blissful Immortality. 1853.

Lean not on Earth, ‘twill pierce thee to the Heart. A broken reed at best, but oft a Spear. On its sharp point peace bleeds and Hope expires.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Colma, CA:

The plants and flowers I raised about my hut, I now surrender to this will of the wind. Mabalaton.

Time discloses all things. Nothing is covered, but shall be revealed; nothing is hid that shall not be known. 1993.

In our Hearts until the day after forever. 1991.

God has you in his keeping. We have you in our hearts. 1992.

Who am I? I am the person you knew yesterday. I am the person you know today. I am God’s Child. I am your memories. 1992.


Till the Day Break and the Shadow’s flee away. 1929.

Italian Cemetery, Colma, CA:

“All is Well! All is Well!” 1997.

A little time of pain. A little time of trust. And then we hope to meet our loved ones and the just. 1883.

The Lord will provide. Genesis 22:14

In silence he suffered with patience he bore. Till God called him home To suffer no more. 1991.

Forever hear the voice of the Sea. Pure as the Naked Heavens, Majestic, free. 1990.

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

Pet’s Rest, Colma, CA:

Our Loyal Companion Who Left paw Prints on our Hearts. April 18, 1966 - May 8, 1979.

They Gave So Much
Asked So Little

My Best Friend.

Gentle Companion. 1981.

Vagabond and Chips. Forever Faithful and Beloved

Across the Fields of Heaven on the Dawning Side of Night. 1984 – 2004. SUSIE, a dog.

Taffy….one of the family. 1981.

The pick of the litter. The leader of the pack. Our dog. 2007.

We could not have asked for more…only more time. Peggy Sue, a dog. 1996.

Our Love, Our Joy, Our Little Girl…..Our pet dog.

Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, CA:

Two doves whose Love was once lost have now been reunited.

After many endeavors, my affairs to fix….in a short time I will occupy less than 2 by 6.

Let us all think deeply of the Great I. For ‘tis in Him that our Hopes of Success lie.

My Presence shall go with them and I will give thee rest. 1913.

The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away. 1891.

God’s Finger Touch him and he slept. 1901.

May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand. 1996.

Holy Family Pray for Us. 1998.

Repose en Paix. 1933.

Here Rests a Woodman of the World. Requiescat in Pace. 1905.

Love Everlasting. In Christo Fides Nostra

“I could write a book”. 1909 – 1979.

I know my Redeemer Liveth. Siempre Juntos. 2007.

If in the twilight of memory we should meet once more, we shall speak again together, and you shall sing to me a deeper song. And if our hands should meet in another dream, we shall build another tower in the sky. Kahil Gibran

We didn’t lose the game. We just ran out of time. Quote from Vince Lombardi.

Treasured, Loved, and Admired.

Beten Sie Für Uns. 2004.

Angel of God, My guardian dear, To whom His love commits me here; Ever this day (or night) Be at my side, To light and guard. To rule and guide. Amen. 1989-2008.

Jesus saves from hell. God cleans you of your sins. 1986-2005.

Your wonderful smile and huge laugh will forever be in our hearts.2005.

“Gone fishing”. 2005.

Crusader for Justice. 2004.

Everything I own I leave to me Mom and Dad. 1983 – 2004.

Nothing Great Was Ever Achieved Without Enthusiasm. 2006.

How could one man be such a man and yet be only one man? Best Husband and Greatest Dad. 2007.

Hero – Police Officer. A heart that loves to give chose this path to live. He gave the ultimate and paid the highest price.

Godspeed. 2005.

Siempre en nuestros corazones. 2004.

Your Dancing with the angels.Walking in New Life. 2004.

May the road ris to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warn upon your face. May the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand. 2004.

Together Forever. 2008.

She’s dancing with angels. 1986 – 2008.

Whosoever believes in Him shall no perish but have everlasting life. 2008.

Father, Life did separate us more than once but after Death, next to each other we will be inseparable – a daughter. 2007.

Until we meet again, Good Night and God Bless.

I hear the warrior spirit singing its song of honor swelling with the strength of Goodness. I hear the song of Aztlan freeing my spirit from the sorrow of the world. 1983 – 2008.

What is beautiful remains so even when it fades. What we love we keep on loving even when we die. 1973.

Gone from Earth but not from memory. 1972.

We hope for the meeting at the Heavenly Gates. 1903.

They did not die. They walked to heaven up Galty Mountain.

Born into Eternal Happiness with Christ. 1977.

So also you now indeed have sorrow, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice and your joy no man shall take away from you. 1966.

My prayers are with yours. 1962.

In the midst of Life we are in Death. 1902.

None knew him but to love him. Those that knew him longest loved him best; the tie that binds thee to me, my love one, will not be loosened in heaven…..From your wife. 1901.

Erected to the memory of a generous and noble hearted son and brother by his father and sisters. 1886.

I fought the good fight. I finished the race. I kept the faith.

I seem to see that fair face, Pale and Sweet: The waxen hands upon the breast Now laid to rest. I feel the fingers’ soft caress, That answered in all tenderness, The fluttering breath all fragrant yet I can ne’r forget. 1873.

My work here is finished. Now for the Great Adventure. 1927.

Friede Ihrer Asche. Zum Andenken. 1972.

May they rest in peace. Amen. A son beloved and husband dear has left me all alone to mourn them here. 1868.

A Noble Father. A Loving Mother. 1928.

His motivation was the common good. His life was service. His love was the people. 1983.

One must care about a world one will not see. She cared. 1987.

His life was gentle and the elements so mix’d in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world, “This was a man!” 1988.

Faithful until death. 1914.

Dearest Willie, thou hast left us. And thy loss we deeply feel But ‘tis God who has bereft us. He can all our sorrows heal. Gone but not forgotten. Died Dec. 6. 1897. 5 yrs. 10 mos.

In our hearts forever. 2005.

I shall be satisfied when I awake with Thy likeness. 1912.

Presidio Military Cemetery, San Francisco, CA:

Enlisted as a Private. Co. C. 4th Ohio Vol. June 5, 1861 and mustered out as 1st Lieut. Co. H. 6th U.S. Vol. Oct. 15, 1866.

Erected by his comrades. 1898.

Farewell dear friends my time is past. I lov’d you dear while life did last. But now I’m dead no sorrow take. But love my children for my sake. 1868.

These flowers were ripped as they began to bloom And God has gathered them to the tomb. 1887.

The night dew that falls through in silence it weeps Shall brighten with verdure the grave where he sleeps And the tear that we shed though in secret rolls Shall long keep his memory green in our souls. 1882.

He was an early pioneer having emigrated to this country in the NY Reg. No l. In 1846.

O Jesus, Son of the Living God, Have Mercy of Her. 1877.

Mission Delores, San Francisco, CA:

Farewell Dear Husband, my life is past. My love for you until Death did last. And after me no sorrow take but love my child for my sake. 1859.

The last sad gift which a Mothers love can bestow upon his mortal remains calmly sleeping here. Nov. 16. 1859. Aged 7 Years 3 Months and 21 Days.

I go from thee. God only knows. How I have longed to say. How I have shuddered thus to tread. The lone and shadowed way, Faith tells me that I soon may know the joys the blessed find, And yet I falter while I cast a lingering look behind. 1866.

The last tribute of love.

Holy Mary, Mother of our divine Redeemer, Pray for her soul. 1857.

Remember not, O Lord, our offenses nor those of our parents. 1856.

Thou shall bring my soul Tribulation and in Thy mercy thou shalt destroy mine enemies.

Though winds blow and Neptune waves have tossed me to and fro, Yet plainly see I was harbored here below with many of our fleet in hopes our Admiral Christ to meet. 1862.

After a long illness, borne with resignation to the Divine will Sustinuit amina mea in verlio ejus; speravit anima mea in Domino. 1878.

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA:

He is no dead but rests in God and softly sleeps beneath this sod. 1965.

And they shall be Mine Saith the Lord of Hosts in the Day when I make up my jewels. 1922.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter—silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swing high in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there. I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung my cager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue, I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God. 1984.

Joined in love, separated by death, reunited in eternal life. 1996.

Beloved wife and best friend. 1989.

There is laid up for him a crown of justice which the Lord, the Just Judge, will render to him. 1906.

I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the Faith. 1906.

The strife is o’er, the battle done. The Victory of Life is won. 1906.

With Christ, which is far better. 1938.

A kind and gentle man of the highest integrity who served his country from the horse cavalry to the nuclear age. 1909 – 1990.

I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 1954.

The hours part us, but they bring us together again. 1951.

Beloved wife, A sweet and virtuous soul. 1997.

Sorrows Grown of Sorrow is remembering Happier things. 1872.

Killed in Action

Until we Meet again, May God Hold you in the palm of His hand.

Love conquers all things. 1951.

Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. 1922.

Amor Vincit Omnia

I will love you forever…..more. 1959-1999

Forever alive in our hearts. 1997.

To Live is Christ. To Die is Gain. 1939.

Beloved Wife and Mother of eight. 2007

Beloved Husband, father, and professor. 1998.

A Sweet Lady and an Inspiration to others. 1999.

Many are the women of proven worth but you have excelled them all. 1965.

She walks in beauty. 1965.

Dedicated navy nurse, wife, and mother. 1999. An angel too Soon. Jan – Feb. 1974.

Memories keep those we love close to us forever. 1994.

Love is love forevermore. 1953.

Heaven was in her eyes. God’s grace was in her steps and in her every gesture dignity and love. 2005.

He loved his God, family and country and served all with devotion, Honor and Dignity. 1998.

Let No Man live Uncurbed by law. Nor cursed by tyranny. 1954.

Devoted to family, church, country, and beloved wife. 1994.

Things which are seen are temporal. Things which are not seen are eternal. 1929.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep then in all the ways. 1966.

That life is ever Lord of Death and Love can never lose its own. 1927.

Loyal Steadfast and True.

She loved everyone. 1994.

Today Finds me Here. 1954.

Killed in the line of duty. 1929.

God is love. 1929.

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away. 1939.

Presences of a good diffused and a diffusion ever more intense. 1928.

One of three brothers who in their youth offered themselves to the service of their country. 1899.

A brave solider faithful unto death. 1929.

In God We Trust. 1992.

He lies in an unknown grave in North Korea. 1952.

Fair Winds and Following Seas. 1995.

Goodnight, Sweet Princess, and Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest. 1994.

Congressional medal of Honor Conferred for conspicuous Bravery at the age of 15 when his horse was how from under him at Altanta, GA. 1849 – 1934. Musician.

To love in hearts we leave behind is not to die. 1954.

You loved us well and you loved us true. We will forever love and remember you. 2000.

Love Beyond “Till Death Do Us Part”. 2000.

Your strength and courage, your love and laughter – will live in our hearts forever.

In heavenly love abiding. 1959.

In Death’s dark vale he feared no ill. 2001.

Loving 58 years of marriage.

You made a million dreams come true. 1997.

I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint on snow. 1996.

Thanks be to God which giveth us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1935.

I love you Karen. 2002.

In my Fathers house are many mansions….I go to prepare a place for you. 1994.

Duty, honor, country. 1965.

I have love you with an everlasting love. 1997.

The Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent one from another. 1978.

The memory of him shall not depart away and his name shall be in request from generation to generation. Eccles. 39:13. 1867

He brought order and efficiency into the medical service and was the originator of modern methods of medical organization in the army. 1867.

For conspicuous bravery on the 3rd day of the battle of Gettysburg.

Words that would praise are impotent.

Safely Rest, Soldier Brave. God is Nigh. 1989.

Downed Aircraft – Tibet China. 1944.

Down Aircraft – Soviet Armenia. 1958

Downed Aircraft – Laos. 1967.

Killed Aircraft Accident. Morocco. 1972.

A lovely Being, scarcely formed or moulded. A Rose with all its sweetest leaves yet folded. 1949 – 71.

And He has Raised Him upon Eagle’s wings and holds him in the palm of His Hand. 1973.

Souls of Man, dreaming of Skies to conquer, gave us wings ever to soar. 1980.

Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving; and into His courts with praise. 1984.

And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8. 1996.

Thy Right Hand Hath Holden me up. They Gentleness Hath Made Me Great. Beloved Forever. 1986.

Courageous, Gracious, Compassionate. 1990.

Fly Free Beloved. 1994.

Well done, thou good and faithful servant. 1952.

Guess now who holds thee? Not Death but Love. 1985.

She was a lady yet a child. God grant her dreams. Amen. 1973.

A Woman of Valor. 1980.

A Seeker and Searcher. 1985.

If I take the wings of morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the Sea, Even there shall Thy Hand lead me and Thy Right Hand Shall Hold me. 1985.

A man who knew the world without maps. 1970.

Wither Thou Goest. 1970.

Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA:

Working with untiring zeal in His Master’s Vineyard. Many thousand souls were converted to God under his Ministry. Servant of God. Well Done. Best from Thy Loved Employ. 1916.

Gently the passing spirit fled sustained by grace divine, Oh, may such grace on us be shed and make our end like thine. 1859

We Miss Thee. 1859.

Father of Mercies receive me to thyself. 1859.

My presence shall go with thee and I will give thee rest. 1886.

It is well. 1887.

It is raised spiritual body. 1904.

He lived for others. 1930.

After having served his own generation by the will of God, he fell asleep. 1861.

That Disciple Whom Jesus Loved. 1903.

She loved her Lord and her neighbor as herself. 1958.

There will sorrow ever cease and crowns of joy be given. There is everlasting peace, Rest enduring rest in heaven. 1875.

Just as I am, without one plea. 1903.

An interesting gentleman, literary in his tastes, highly social, devoted to his numerous friends and they to him, a zealous farmer. 1870.

Thou shall guide me with thy counsel and afterwards receive me to glory. 1881.

I am one of the angel band waiting to welcome you. 1853.

She hath done what she could. Mark 14:8

Not changed but glorified. 1909.

We mourn his loss. 1856.

Gentle reader as you pass by, As you are now, once was I. As I am now, so you must be. Prepare for Death and follow me.

Strengthened with all might Unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness. 1917.

He was ready and waiting for his Masters call.1871

Over There.

She was genial and sprightly, and devoted wife, daughter, and sister and earnest and active Christian, a friend to all in need, and in dying said, “The Savior Is all about me.” 1873.

So fade away the light and joy of home. A sunbeam there, a bright ray everywhere. 1873.

Tho’ lost to sight, to memory dear. Thou ever wilt remain; The only hope my heart can cheer, the hope to meet again. 1877.

Peace Perfect Peace. 1941.

In God’s Care. 1950.

A loving tribute of an only daughter. 1902.

Died July 15th 1862 from wounds received at Malvern Hill. Aged 22 years and 10 months.

He glorified friendship. 1928.

Understanding was his guide. Tolerance his creed. A Great Compassion glorified his every loving deed. 1945.

Sweetly Sleeping. 1963.

Love Makes Memory Eternal. 1946.

Silence Here But up above many voices crying Hail!

A beloved physician. His grateful patients erected this monument to his memory. 1929.

He shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary him nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him. 1937.

Glad did I live and gladly die, and I laid me down with a will. 1931.

Yesterday, Today, and Forever. 1933.

Killed in action Apr. 21, 1944 over Roumania. His body rest in U.S. Military Cemetery Neuville En-Condroz. Belgium.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. 1943.

Father, in Thy gracious keeping Leave we now They servants sleeping. 1946.

Loving and loved. 1977.

Just three little words: Forget Me Not. 1930.

Beloved Sister. She shall be missed 1989.

Remember her smile, her laugh and that her love never ends. She is now forever where we are.

I go unto my Father. 1968.

Her own works praise her. 1981.

Rest – Resurrection – Reunion. 1931.

True in all things. 1880.

Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori. 1864.

He walked uprightly before God and Man. 1937.

Whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth. 1900.

Lead Thou me on. 1941.

Patient in the tribulation made perfect through suffering. 1868.

Born and died July 26, 1853.

She sleeps in hope. 1834.

I will never forget thee whilst I live on earth, no never, no never O, no never forget thee – She was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church for 40 years and magnified her dear Savior at home and abroad. She ruled her whole household by love. 1871.

That such have died enables us the tranquiller to die: that such have live, certificate for immortality. 1907.

A workman that needth not to be ashamed. 1936.

A tribute from his friends in appreciation of his pure and manly character. Spotless in life, untarnished in death. 1879. In thought, word, and deed, How throughout all thy warfare thou wast pure.No work begun shall ever pause for death. So, let us wait God’s instant men call years. 1910.

I thank my God upon very remembrance of you. 1910.

Lovely and pleasant in their lives, in their death they were not divided.

Gone in Thy Faith and Fear. 1891.

The eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. 1893.

Numbered with the saints. 1910.

How dear thy memory. 1873.

A high sense of honor, lofty courage, unbending integrity, and a faithful discharge of every duty characterized his life. 1860.

For many years a beloved teacher in the public schools. 1934.

He died after a long and useful life. 1937.

What the stars, flowers, and the sun mean to life – so her life was to her loved ones and friends.1950

What therefore God has joined together let no man put asunder.

A mighty fortress is our God. 1998.

A great soul has finished a victorious course. 1949.

With Christ. 1891.

Mark the perfect man and behold the upright for the end of that man is peace. 1868.

Thou shall be missed because they seat will be empty. 1856.

Leaving hopeful evidence of sincere trust in the Savior. 1853.

Remember now They Creator in the day of they youth. 1832.

His life was exemplary. His Death peaceful and happy. 1853.

The Unreal has no being. The never ceases to be. 1911.

Loftier thou the world suspects. Living and Dying. Adorable and adored. 1894.

Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new. 1945

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. 1929.

Love Never Faileth. 1956.

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC:

He was weary and fell asleep with his little sister. Together they sing the song of the redeemed. 1882.

Exempt from toil and strife; to spend eternity with Thee, my Savior, this is life. 1881.

To have known once a pure, loyal and noble nature is to have gained an imperishable possession.

Our mother’s dust lies underground. In life, the dearest friend e’er found Through the Lord’s unbounded love, we’ll meet again in realms above. 1892.

Our dew drop. She sparkled, was exhaled, and went to Heaven. 3 mo. 16 days. An indulgent and fond father. 1877.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the Death of His saints. 1906.

In Heaven’s great stillness and seclusion, they live, where we call dead. 1880.

An upright man and one who feared God. 1871.

He sacrificed his life to save another. 1886.

An honest man is the noblest work of God. 1871.

Borne on angels wings to heaven. 1882.

Wounded and taken prisoner at Gettysburg July 3rd. Died David’s Island, NY August 30th 1863. Aged 21 yrs and 10 months.

Not what I did but what I shrove to do. 1895.

The path of the just is as the shining light. 1906.

Tho’ lost to sight, to memory dear. 1941.

Eminent Educator, noble philanthropist. Faithful friend. 1916.

She has won her crown. 1937.

Her sun had set while it was yet day. 1874.

Lead kindly light. 1897.

The Spirit Hath Returned unto the God who gave it.

In loving remembrance of my beautiful, gentle, trusting wife who in Death as in life still abides with me. 1889.

Enter thou into the joy of the Lord. 1903.

In Jesus keeping we are safe.1897.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain. 1903.

Faithful, loving, unselfish in service to God and man. 1933.

All his paths are peace. 1913.

Uncomplaining, she carried her burden of suffering. 1899.

She served the Lord with gladness. 1996.

Out of the cloud of strife, sunrise is born; soundless and bright for us breaketh God’s morn. 1948.

And the mother gave, in tears and pain, the flower she most did love. She knew she should find him safe again, in the field of Heaven above.

Her dying words: How happy are they who the Savior obey, and whose treasures are laid up above! Tongue cannot express the sweet comfort and peace of a soul in its earliest love. 1874.

This brave and exemplary youth was a private….he volunteer’d at the commencement of the war and bore a conspicuous part in the battles of Fort Sumter, Secessionville, Drury’s Bluff, Gains Mills, and Petersburg yielding up his young life in the defense of his country. 1864.

Other “last words”, found on-line:

If I should die and leave you here awhile,
Be not like others, sore undone, who keep
Long vigils by the silent dust, and weep:
For my sake turn again to life, and smile,
Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do
Something to comfort weaker hearts than thine;
Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine,
And I, perchance, may therein comfort you.

Do not stand on my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond's glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Grieve for me, for I would grieve for you.
Then brush away the sorrow and the tears
Life is not over, but begins anew,
with courage you must greet the coming years.
To live forever in the past is wrong;
can only cause you misery and pain.
Dwell not on memories overlong,
with others you must share and care again.
Reach out and comfort those who comfort you;
recall the years, but only for a while.
Nurse not your loneliness; but live again.
Forget not. Remember with a smile. (Navaho prayer)

For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God of his great mercy to take unto himself the soul of our dear brother here departed, we therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall change our vile body, that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working, whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.


  • At June 15, 2009 at 3:14 AM , Blogger Wanda said...

    Wow...this is some collection. Do you mean that these were all written on tombstones? Even the long ones? I bet not many people then thought that in 2009 someone would still care.


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