Tombstone Tuesday: Married again after death?

The following Epitaph, from the Churchyard at North Shields, England, has been the subject of much laughter on account of its absurdity:

In memory of James Bell, of North Shields, who died 16th Jan., 1763, aged 42 years. Margaret, widow of the above said James Bell, died Dec. 30, aged 49 years. She was wife, after, to Wm. Fenwick of North Shields.”

Under the above, the following lines had been written in pencil:

“As in the Scriptures it is said

No marriages in heaven are made,

It seems that Margaret’s ghost did go

To Pluto’s dreary realms below,

Where she, poor soul, not long had tarried,

Till her friend Will and her got married.”

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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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