Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Ewins Family

These gravestones were photographed at the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire.  They are located near the Old Settlers gravestones area behind the First Parish Church.
HERE LIES
THE BODY OF
MRS. AGNES
WIFE OF MR. JAMES
EWINS WHO DIED
JAN 6TH 1742
IN YE 27th YEAR
OF HER AGE

My
glass is Rum
Redem           And
your hours        so must you

THIS Monument is Erected
In memory of Mr. JAMES
EWINS & Mrs AGNES his wife
She died Jan. 6th 1742
in the 27th year of her age
He departed this Life June
the 26th 1781 aged 70
Years and 10 months


closeup of the carver's mistakes
footstone

Mr
James Ewins and
Mrs. Agnes his 1st wife
Because of the two mistakes on the top of this headstone, especially the word "Rum", this headstone has appeared in many books like "Believe It or Not" and compilations of funny epitaphs such as Last Laughs: Funny Tombstone Quotes and Famous Last Words, by Kathleen E. Miller, Sterling Publishing Company, 2006.   I previously blogged about this infamous carving mistake at this link:  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/01/tombstone-tuesday-my-glass-is-what.html

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Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful stones. I really need to get up to your area.

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