This tombstone was photographed at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, New Hampshire
FEBRUARY 24, 1884
AT ELKHART IND
32 YRS 6 MOS 2 DYS
According to Frank H. Johnson’s marriage record, in the New Hampshire Vital Records, he was married in Manchester, New Hampshire on 24 July 1883 to Lizzie Ansteard of Manchester. It was both their first marriages, and both were 32 years old. He was born in Derry, son of Hiram Johnson and his wife, Jane Stimpson. Hiram and Jane’s marriage can be found in the Lowell, Massachusetts Vital Records, married on 9 June 1849.
There is a local tradition in Derry for Pinkerton Academy students to slip a note into the hole in this zinc monument for good luck before exams. You can see the hole under the inscription with Frank's name. This tombstone is made of white bronze or zinc, and is known as a "zinker" among taphophiles (gravestone enthusiasts). Zinc monuments are always hollow. The inscriptions remain crisp and legible on a zinc monument much longer than on stone, but eventually they monuments will rust, or break if struck by mowing equipment.
This zinc monument is marked
"Detroit Bronze Co. Detroit Mich."
Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo