TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: What were they really trying to say?

On a tombstone in Grafton, Vt.:

Gone home below.


Here lies Bernard Lightfoot who

was accidentally killed in his forty fifth year.

Erected by his grateful family.


A bird, a man, a loaded gun,

No bird, dead man, thy will be done.


At East Thompson, N. Y.:

Here lies one who never sacrificed

his reason to superstitious God, nor

ever believed that Jonah swallowed

the whale


Sacred to twins Charlie and Varlie

Sons of loving parents who died in infancy

Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past


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. Elton Camp

    Glad to be rid of him, it appears.

  2. Carol Staff

    I want that on my grave!

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