TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Two epitaphs reflect greed

In England:

  • This world’s a City full of crooked streets,
  • And death the Market-place where all men meets;
  • If Life was Merchandise that men could buy,
  • The rich would live and none but poor would die.

Cemetery 1934 by photographers Harris and Ewing (Library of Congress)

A Man who lived and died in a city of New Jersey, had his memory perpetuated by two headstones — one in the Presbyterian Churchyard, where his body now reposes, and the other in the Methodist ground, where it did repose, and from which it was removed. The stone in the latter yard bears this testimony:

  • “Interred in this spot his body did lay,
  • On the grounds selected, for which he did pay;
  • But his widow would not let his body alone,
  • Because his first children reared a stone.
  • After his death his children and second wife
  • Sought to hold what he had earned during his life,
  • His first children no claim, no portion should hold,
  • So they robbed his grave and his lot they sold

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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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