TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Tombstones can be a way of getting even…

Actual Tombstone

A brother getting even with widow for poisoning his brother and her husband – Knight’s Corner – Pelham, Massachusetts

Warren Gibbs

Died by arsenic poison

March 23, 1860 Age 36 years

8 months and 23 days


Think my friends when this you see

How my wife has dealt with me

She in some oysters did prepare

Some poison for my lot and share

Then of the same I did partake

And nature yielded to its fare

Before she my wife became

Mary Felton was her name.

Erected by his Brother

Wm. Gibbs

This was emailed to me by Mary (Stinson) Claunch-Walthall

Many years ago while searching in a cemetery in Texas, I found this epitaph on my ancestors tombstone, with a reply written in chalk underneath the epitaph::
“Remember Man As You Pass By
As you are now so once was I
As I am now you’ll surely Be
Prepare For Death and Follow Me”
In chalk some one had written:
“To This I will Not Consent
Til’ I Find Out Which Way You Went”

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Ribbon of Love

Faith and Courage



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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. Very interesting! Always love to read this history. Thanks

  2. So true, there are a couple of get even headstones at the Maple Grove Cemetery Alexandria, Ohio. One states that “IT WAS THE DOCTOR’S FAULT”, another was the revenge of a much younger second wife, which states on the obelisk headstone. On one side it gives all the information for the deceased husband, on the second side it gives all of her information, and on the third side it simply states: “His rich first wife.”

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