TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Wives sometimes had some curious epitaphs on their tombstone

Tombstones on the grave of wives

Maria, wife of Timothy Brown

Aged eighty years,

And died in the confident hope of a better life.


A friend of Bishop Wilmer, of Alabama, lost by death a dearly loved wife, and, in his grief, had these words inscribed on her headstone:

“The Light of mine eyes has gone out.”

Within a year the bereaved married again. When asked by a gentleman with whom he was viewing the tomb what he would say of the present state of affairs, in view of the words on the tombstone, the Bishop replied: “I think the words, “But I have struck another match,” should be added.”

This tombstone epitaph was found on a scolding wife’s grave, who died in her sleep.

Here lies the quintessence of noise and strife,

Or, in one word, here lies a scolding wife;

Had not death took her when her her mouth was shut,

He durst not for his ears have touch’d the slut.

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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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