Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

This unusual tombstone in the shape of a pyramid caught my eye. It is located in North Bergen, New Jersey.

There are more tombstones that I found on http://hubpages.com/hub/Weird_but_True_Strange_Unusual_Tombstones while doing some research this morning. As well as some really interesting epitaphs!

This is one of my all-time favorite local stones. This very small stone is located at New Zion Union Church Cemetery, in the little village of Waiteville, West Virginia.

William Duncan was married three times in the course of his life. First to Susanna Miller in 1844. Susanna died in 1857. Then in 1858 William married Jane Wiseman. Jane died the following year, in 1859. Then William married Mary Thompkins Thurmond in 1863. They were married 40 years before Mary died in 1903. William had outlived all three of his wives. Being a prudent man, William had buried the three women beside one another in the cemetery. They are laid out in the shape of a "T". When William died in 1906, he was laid to rest at the juncture of the three graves, and now the group made a large cross shape. This tombstone was erected at the juncture of all 4 graves, and on each face of the stone, facing each of the individual graves, is their specific inscription: William L. Duncan, Nove 13, 1821, July 13, 1906; Susanna Duncan, Oct. 11, 1824, April 6, 1857; Jane Duncan, Died 1859; Mary Duncan, 1824 - 1903.

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