Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ WILKINSON family plot, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts

These tombstones were photographed at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Wilkinson Family Plot


Martha Wilkinson
Died
June 22, 1895
Aged 86 years



Edward Tuckman Wilkinson
In Memoriam
(note the anchor, for he died at sea and was buried at sea)





In
Memoriam
Arthur
son of
A & M. W. Wilkinson
Died May 31, 1860
Aged 18 years
"PRAEREPTUS MORTI IMMATURA
JUVENIS INGENIO ET VIRTUTE PRAESTAT
IN COELUM TRANSUT
ET IN CHRISTO VIVIT"




MARTHA
ELIZABETH
OUR ONLY
BELOVED DAUGHTER



(back of the stone)
M.E.W.
DAUGHTER OF
A & M. WILKINSON
DIED SEPT. 28, 1857
AGED 14 YEARS


The Wilkinson Family plot is next to the Turner family plot

Arthur Wilkinson was the son of Oliver Wilkinson (1766 - 1848) and Betsey Munn, born 13 November 1803 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, died 16 April 1868 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; married on 3 December 1840 in Dorchester, Massachusetts to Martha Walker Turner, widow of Edward Dunning and the daughter of Rev. John Turner and Lucy Sargent.  She was born 13 February 1809 in Biddeford, Maine, and died 28 June 1895 in Cambridge.  They had five children:

1. Henry Wilkinson, died young
2. Arthur Wilkinson, b. 27 October 1841, d. 31 May 1860
3. Martha Elizabeth Wilkinson, b. 1 May 1843, d. 25 September 1857
4. Edward Tuckerman Wilkinson, b. 14 October 1844, d. 27 December 1873 on board the Cimbria
5. George Wilkinson, b. 29 September 1848, d. 6 September 1849

Arthur Wilkinson was a woolen goods merchant, who lived in Boston and retired to Cambridge, Massachusetts. All his children died young.  The son, Edward, died at sea.  I found this obituary in the Boston Daily Advertiser, January 7, 1874.

The death of Edward Tuckerman Wilkinson of Cambridge, noticed elsewhere, removes one of the last remaining representatives of one of the most widely known and highly honored families of this vicinity, and carries a shock of surprise and sorrow to a large number of relatives and friends.  Young Wilkinson, who had not reached the age of thirty, was a Harvard graduate of the class of 1866, and will be especially remembered by those familiar with college life of his time for his interest and proficiency in athletic sports- boating in particular.  He was, we think, the member of at least one winning University crew in one or more famous contests.  Many substantial qualities of mind and heart endeared him to a wide circle of acquaintances, who will mourn for him as a man and brother; while his singularly fine presence, like that of his noble and lamented father, the late Arthur Wilkinson, esq., must remain an unfading picture in the memory of all who ever knew him.  He had gone abroad a few months since, hoping by a winter's sojourn in the south of France he might regain his health, which had been for some time feeble and failing; but the experiment no fesulting favorably he determined on return, and took the Cimbria, at Southampton, England, for New York, December 20, accompanied by his cousin, Dana Turner, of this city.  But it was not for him again to see his native land.  The voyage proved tempestuaous and exhausting, and he did not live it through, but died on the 27th, conscious to the last, and then falling as it were peacefully asleep.  His body was buried at sea the day following, and so now rests in the element which, while he was living, had so much of his affection.

The cousin, Dana Turner, mentioned in this obituary was Nathaniel Dana Turner (1851 - 1893) is buried a few feet away in the Turner family plot, right next to the Wilkinson family plot.


front (above) and back (below) of the plot card for the Wilkinson family



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