Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Currier Fitz

This gravestone was photographed at Forest Hill Cemetery, East Derry, New Hampshire.

To the memory of
Died Jan. 20, 1844
Aet. 77

his wife
Died June 10, 1846

Son of Currier Fitz amd Sarah Fitz
Died at Winnsborough S. C.
March 29, 1826
Aet 25


In the first photo, this might look like a normal sized stone, but don't be fooled by appearances.  I am still amazed at how tall some of these stones are in my area.  I'm 5'7" tall, so this is an enormous stone, carved by the prolific stone carver Benjamin Day of Lowell, Massachusetts.  It must have been some feat to get these enormous stones to Derry, New Hampshire from Lowell, Massachusetts before paved roads.  

Currier Fitz married Sarah George, and he was also a soldier in the American Revolution.   The name is seen spelled FITZ, FITTS or FITCH.    The son, George, was a rector at Mt. Zion College in South Carolina, and died young there.  Another son, the Reverend Daniel Fitz, was a pastor at Ipswich, Massachusetts. 

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Heather, that gravestone looks enormous even in the first pic! How interesting that this family has roots in both New England and the South.

    Incidentally, I have Fitts/Fitz ancestors, so that's probably ANOTHER line on which we're related, ha.