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TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Stinging epigrams on tombstones

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Stinging epigrams on tombstones


Epigrams which originally were inscriptions on tombs were invented by the Roman poet Martial. Poignancy and sting was deemed the necessary characteristic of this kind of verse and to write a perfect one was deemed as difficult as to compose an epic.

The following inscription on a tombstone in York, Maine, has just this quality.

  • I was somebody,
  • Who, is no business of yours.

As to what a baby was deemed worth in a certain family, we have this record from a tombstone in Iowa.

  • Beneath this stone our baby lies,
  • He never cries nor hollers
  • He lived just one and 20 days
  • And cost us 40 dollars.

ALABAMA PIONEERS Transcribed Wills and Abstracts of Wills Book I

Surnames of wills – Alston, Andrews, Arnold, Avery, Bagwell, Barge, Bass, Bates, Bealle, Benton, Bird, Blackmon, Booth, Brazeal, Breyard, Bryant, Burnes, Burns, Bush, Butts, Caffey, Camp, Cannon, Carter, Clanton, Cleveland, Coker, Cooper, Cornelius, Cozby, Davis, DeJarnette, Dennis, Deramus, Dudley, Dumas, Eddins, Elam, Elliott, Ellis, Ezell, Farrar, Ferguson, Franklin, Gaines, Golden, Goldwin, Griffiths, Grimes, Gunter, Hagerty, Hamilton, Hearin, Hearne, Henry, Holly, Holtam, Hurst, Irby, Jackson, James, Jarman, Johnson, Junkin, Keener, Ketler, Lamkins, Lee, Lewis, Lovorn, May, Mayfield, McClure, Miller, Mims, Mixon, Mobley, Morgan, Morris, Nash, Parker, Read, Rhodes, Riley, Robinson, Rogers, Samons, Schmitt, Seale, Sheffield, Smith, Stanford, Stovall, Tate, Thomas, Thompson, Trawick, Trucks, Vickers, Ware, Wells, Whatley, White, Whitehurst, Wicker, Williams, Williamson, Wilson, Woods, Zeigler

 

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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