TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Burying multiple wives can be a problem

Multiple wives burial presented problems

A man had two wives buried in one grave in England; and after recording their several virtues, the Epitaph has the following whimsical termination.

Were it my choice that either of the twaine

Might be restor’d to me to enjoy again,

Which should I chuse? Well, since I know not whether,

I’ll mourn for the loss of both, but wish for neither.


An English gentleman who had four wives decided to move them to a new burial ground. During the removal process, the remains of his four wives were somehow mixed up. Mr. Sparks tried to rectify the situation with the following inscription at their new burial site.

Here lies Jane (and probably part of Susan) Sparks.

Sacred to the memory of Maria (to say nothing of Jane and Hannah Sparks).

Stranger, pause and drop a tear.

For Susan Sparks lies buried here;

Mingled in some perplexing manner,

With Jane, Maria and portions of Hannah.

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. Loraine Higdon

    I have no words for this situation

  2. Sherry Hughes Garner

    People back then either had a better sense of humor concerning death than we do; or they had no sense of humor at all and were dead (pardon the pun) serious.

  3. Mary Newton

    A little different, but also humorous.

  4. Graves of the 16th & 17th centuries, at least that far back, often had inscriptions we today would find funny, poignant, or spooky. Christ’s Church graveyard, Wesley’s church, at St. Simons is an example.

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