TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: I love funny tombstones like these – some people have a sense of humor about death

Topeka, Kansas:

“Here lies Sheriff Tim McGrew who said

he would arrest Bill Hennessy or die…

He was right.”


“Here lies Michael Horton who was

not such a fast gun as he thought.”


“Here lie the remains of Charley Greene,

His holster was dirty; but his gun was clean.”


Some Boothill epitaphs

Carson City, Nevada, epitaph of a horse thief.

“He found a rope and picked it up,

And with it walked away.

It happened that to the other end

A horse was hitched, they say.

They took the rope and tied it up

Unto a hickory limb

It happened that the other end

Was somehow hitched to him.”


1884 epitaph in Phoenix, Arizona, graveyard:

“Here lies John Coll, a son of toll,

Who died on Arizona soil,

He was a man of considerable vim,

But this here air was too hot for him.”

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  1. I enjoy this site very much

  2. I love this site. You’ve done a wonderful job. I especially love the funny tombstones. Keep up the wonderful work.

  3. Thomas Odgers

    How does this relate to Alabama ? This is like our meteorologists talking 15 minutes about a tornado in Texas because someone from Alabama now lives there and might be near it. Useless dribble.

  4. I love “Tombstone Tuesday” as I do all the other days with “Alabama Pioneers”.

  5. Boot Hill in Tombstone, Arizona has a number of catchy tombstones such as
    Here lies
    Lester Moore
    Four Slugs
    From a 44
    No Less
    No More

  6. Keep hoping I’ll see a note with my ancestors names on it someday. Love all the interesting and funny stories you post,nthing you very much

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