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New Stone, Old Stone

Whenever we are searching for a specific grave marker, we become excited when we finally find it.  Here is a photo of the marker for James Suddarth.

New Gravestone for James Suddarth

From this marker, I learn that James was born in 1795 and died 1865.  He was also a Corporal in Captain Coffee’s Company of the Kentucky Volunteer Militia during the War of 1812.  This is all great information to have if I am researching this line in my genealogy.  However, if I had just stopped there, I would have missed some important information.

To the left and a little further back in the cemetery is another grave marker for James Suddarth.  This is the original grave marker.

Grave Stone of James and Malinda Suddarth

Although worn, it is possible to read (my apologies for the bad photo – it is easier to read in person).


JAMES                   MALINDA
BORN                       BORN
MAR 22, 1795           SEP 13, 1797
DIED                        DIED
OCT 21, 1865              NOV 2, 1865

Here, we see that there is more information on the old stone than what was put onto the new stone.  The biggest item is the fact that the old stone was not just for James, but also for Malinda Suddarth, his wife.  In addition, instead of just the year of birth and death, the old stone has the actual month and day for each.

There is also an inscription below the birth and death information.  This inscription is extremely hard to read (and cannot be read in the photo).  It tells us that James was a volunteer in Jesse Coffee’s company during the War of 1812, information which has been put on the new marker.


Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Military, Suddarth


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Wednesday’s Child – Malinda A. Suddarth

One of my favorite blogs is Pugbug’s Gravestoned ( One of the features on the Gravestoned blog is Wednesday’s Child. Pugbug encourages other bloggers to do posts for Wednesday’s Child, so with that encouragement, here goes. Check out Pugbug’s Gravestoned blog. You will not be disappointed.

This is the gravestone of Malinda A. Suddarth, the daughter of J. and M.J. Suddarth.  Malinda died at the age of 14, most likely in Crawford County, Indiana. She is buried at Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Indiana.  The stone is worn, but still readable.

Malinda Suddarth's gravestone in Marengo Cemetery

Apr. 1, 1855
Aug. 14, 1869

Her happy soul has winged
its way to one pure bright
eternal day

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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Wednesday's Child


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Death and Father Time

Symbolism is prevalent on gravestones. This image is one of my favorites (so much so that I used it as the banner for this blog) because of the symbols and the wonderful carving.

Death against Father Time with the candle of life

In this image, we see Death, represented by a skeleton, trying to extinguish the candle of life.  On the opposite side of the candle is Father Time, hourglass in hand, attempting to prevent Death from putting out the candle.

This wonderful carving is on the gravestone of Rebecca Gerrish, located at King’s Chapel Burying Ground in Boston.


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The Copp Boys

While out in Boston a couple of weeks ago, I of course took the time to roam through the cemeteries.  Since I was without a car, I went through the cemeteries which are close to the downtown area and those on the Freedom Trail, a 3 mile walking tour through Boston which goes by the historic sites, such as Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church.  One of the cemeteries on the Freedom Trail is Copp’s Hill Cemetery, where I found this stone.

David and Thomas Copp Grave Marker

David Copp, son of David and Obedience, died at the age of 2 Weeks, on December 22, 1661.  Thomas Copp died at the age of 2 years and 3 quarters, on July 25, 1678.  Notice that some of the letters in the carving are raised above the other letters.  This was not an uncommon practice.  If the person carving the stone ran out of room, he would often carve the remaining letters above the others, rather than discarding the whole stone and starting over.

Also of interest on this marker is the use of the term “3 quarters” when referring to the age of Thomas.  I think that this is the first time I have seen this wording on a grave marker.


Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Boston, Copp's Hill


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