TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Engraving Trades on Tombstones?

Some people believe in engraving their trades on their tombstones in the past.

Epitaph to blind woodsawyer in Georgia:

“While none ever saw him see

thousands have seen him saw.”


Elkhart, Indiana, epitaph on tombstone of teacher:

“School is out

Teacher has gone home.”Red-Dead-Redemption-Tombstones-grave-3-1024x768


Epitaph to fireman in Wilmington, North Carolina

“William P. Monroe

Died 1878, Aged 38

He has Answered

His Last Alarm.”


Epitaph in Selby Churchyard, Yorkshire, England:

“Here lies the body of poor Frank Rowe,

Parish clerk and gravestone cutter,

And this is writ to let you know

What Frank for others used to do

is now for Frank done by another.”


Epitaph to George whitehead, who passed away in 1870,

He was a master carpenter and is buried in Island Cemetery, Newport, Rhode Island:

“My trowel and hammer lies decline

So does my rule and my line

My building is up, my course is run

My scaffold struck, my work is done.”



First Families of Lawrence County, Alabama Volume I – Lawrence County was created by act of the Territorial Legislature of February 4, 1818. Formed from territory acquired by the Cherokee and Chicasa cession of 1816.

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 All her books can be purchased at 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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  1. Jean Moore Sanderson

    Mine is going to say “Last Chance at Hot Smoking Body!” – (Cremated Remains.)

  2. Claris Bartlett

    Kris N Joni Horzempa for Maw Maw

  3. Teresa West

    Funny one I saw once:. ” I told you I was sick”.

  4. Gary Franklin Jr

    How about that famous one out west: “Here lies the body of Art Moore killed by a 44. No Art no more”!!! Lol

  5. Bobby Stokes

    Here lies the body of our dear Anna, done to death by a banana… It wasn’t the fruit that dealt the blow, but the skin of the thing that laid her low.

  6. Jo Rodriguez

    Thank you for sharing this and so many other interesting sites. I’m an amateur genealogist and this is a great reference.

  7. I would like my tombstone to say ” To Be Continued ……”

  8. Judy Scott Burch

    I love Tombstone Tuesday just keep them coming

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      I’m glad you enjoy it. We like to try new things.

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