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Tombstone Tuesday: The trade of watch-making was the impetus of this epitaph

This man’s trade of watch-making was used in his unusual epitaph on his tombstone.

“Here lies in horizontal position The outside case of George Routledge . . . Watchmaker, whose abilities in that line were an honour to his profession. Integrity was the mainspring and prudence the regulator of all the actions of his life. Humane, generous and liberal, his hand never stopped till it relieved distress. So nicely regulated were all his motions that he never went wrong, except when set agoing by people who did not know his key; even then he was easily set right again. He had the art of disposing his time so well that his hours glided away in one continual round of pleasure and delight till an unucky minute put a period to its existence. He departed this life, November 14th, 1802. Aged 57, Wound up in hopes of being taken in hand by his Maker, and being thoroughly cleaned, repaired and set going in the world to come.”

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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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