Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Michael Stratford Dealton - Tombstone Tuesday

Michael Stratford Dealton, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Derry, New Hampshire

Memento mori
In memory of Mr.
who departed this Life
April 11th 1785 in the
38th year of his age.

Behold and see all that pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so you must be
Prepare for Death and follow me.

Very little is known about Michael Stratford Dalton/Dealton.  He married on 28 April 1778 in Merrimack, New Hampshire to Hannah Auld, daughter of William Auld and Lettice Caldwell.   They baptized their first child in Newburyport, Massachusetts on 13 October 1788, and the records list them as “Of Chester, New Hampshire”.  There is speculation that this was done to hide a “premature” birth.   Michael is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery and an estate inventory records that he had a shop in Londonderry near the Meeting house.    

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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