TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Some unusual ways to die

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Some unusual ways to die

These epitaphs reveal some unusual ways people died.

Here lies entombed one Roger Morton,

Whose sudden death was early brouoght on;

Trying one day his corn to mow off,

The razor slipped and cut his toe off.


The toe, or rather what it grew to,

An inflammation quickly flew to;

The parts they took to mortifying

And poor dear Roger took to dying.

From a tombstone near Williamsport, Penn.: Sacred to the Memory of Henry Harris Born June 27th, 1821, of Henry Harris And Jane his Wife, Died on the 4th of May, 1837, by the kick of a colt in his bowels.

Peaceable and quiet, a friend to his father and mother, and respected by all who knew him, and went to the world where horses don’t kick, where sorrow and weeping is no more.



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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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  1. Here lies John Bunn
    He was killed by a gun
    His name was not Bunn but Wood
    But Wood would not rhyme with gun
    And Bunn would.

  2. Taylor Moore

    Katherine Christopher here’s some funny epitaphs for you

  3. Douglas Wakefield

    Interesting! Have often walked among the tombstones in old Alabama cemeteries and wondered how the inhabitants died, and thought of how it must have been so very many years ago when their funerals were held and what it must have looked like to see all the wagons, horses, and families and friends who attended. (Many who later were buried in the same graveyards).

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