Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday ~ More Bangs Boys buried in Brewster

This tombstone was photographed in the Old Burial Ground, 
Brewster, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. 

In Memory of two sons of
at Rhode Island Febry. 3rd 1778
Aged 26 Years & 11 Months
ISAAC BANGS died at 
Virginia Sept. 12th, 1780
Aged 27 Years & 9 Months

When the last trump that rends the skies
Shall bid those distant atoms rise
It instantly must be obey'd
And they will rise to Christ their head. 

Benjamin Bangs was born 24 June 1721 in Harwich, Massachusetts, died on 31 October 1769 in Brewster; married on 4 January 1749 in Harwich to Desire Dillingham.  She was born on 30 November 1729 in Harwich, and died 13 August 1807 in Brewster.

The son Joshua Bangs was born on 26 March 1751 in Harwich, and died on 3 February 1778 in Rhode Island.  He was married on 10 February 1774 in Eastham to Mary Hatch, and had two sons.  The other son, Isaac Bangs was born in 1752 and died on 12 September 1780 in Virginia.  Both of these young men were soldiers and died during the Revolutionary War.  Their stone was honored with a bronze marker by the DAR.

Another post with a photograph of two young Bangs boys from this same family in the same cemetery

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. We think of the 1700s as a time of heightened perils for our ancestors -- sea voyages, Indian wars, revolution, disease, dangerous weather, starvation. Looking at these tombstones (I went back to your former post, also), I wonder if we can see the equivalent--almost--in our slain and wounded from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    Our current casualties aren't in the sight lines of most Americans, but I'll bet genealogists of the future will get used to seeing them. Very sad.

    Thanks for this information.

    1. I honestly thought that these young Cape Cod men were lost at sea, but it was only in looking up the family records that I found out they were Revolutionary War soldiers. The dates should have given that away, but I'm so used to seeing "lost at sea" on my family from Cape Cod or Cape Ann that it surprised me.