Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Davidson, 1767, Windham, New Hampshire

This gravestone was photographed at the Cemetery on the Plain, Windham, New Hampshire


HERE LYES THE BODy
OF WILLIAM SON
TO MR JOHN AND MRS
SARAH DAVIDSON HE
DIED MAY 31 1767 AGED
5 YEARS


This very small gravestone (about one foot tall)  is in the primitive, geometric style often seen in early gravestones in the Nutfield, New Hampshire area.  I've seen them in Londonderry, Derry and Chester.  I don't know if this stone can be attributed to the Scots Irish gravestone carver John Wright (1702 - 1775).  The geometric figures and the mistakes are typical of his style. Some of his carvings even look like Celtic knots, typical of his homeland in Northern Ireland.

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Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Hello Heather--
    Here is a gravestone in the very same style, for Hugh Maxwell 1701-1759, a Scots-Irish emigre from Co. Tyrone who is buried in Bedford, Middlesex, MA (click on the photo to enlarge). http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=241&GScid=1963709&GRid=25190915&df=p&

    How cool is that? I came to this site while researching my husband's Simonds line, noticed the tag "Wright," (I'm from two different Wright lines, Oyster Bay NJ & Hartford CT), and hey presto! Another stone like Hugh Maxwell's. Very distinctive style. Hugh is also on my husband's side of the family.

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