Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Mr. Benjamin Bangs and wife Desire

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground, Brewster, Massachusetts

Here are deposited the Remains of
who departed this Life
October 31st Anno Domini 1769
Aged 48 Years and 4 Months

Some hearty friend shall drop his tear
On my dry Bones and say
"These once were strong as mine appear
And mine must be as they"
Thus shall our moulding Members teach
What now our senses learn
For Dust and Ashes loudest preach
Man's infinite Concern

Desire Bangs Widow of
Benjamin Bangs
Died August 18th
1807 aged 78 years

Dear to her children
Loved by all who knew her
Her memory will be cherished
So long as there surivive
But for Immortality
[the rest is illegible]

Captain Benjamin Bangs was born on 24 June 1721 in Harwich, Massachusetts and died 31 October 1769 in Harwich.  He was the son of Captain Edward Bangs (1694 - 1756) and Sarah Clark. He was the great grandson of John Bangs (1644 - 1728) and Mary Mayo, my 8x great grandparents.

Desire Dillingham married Captain Benjamin Bangs on 4 January 1749 in Harwich, Massachusetts.  She was born 30 November 1729 in Harwich and died 13 August 1807 in Brewster.  She was the daughter of John Dillingham (1702 - 1763) and Mehitable Gray.

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. These are lovely, Heather... I often wonder who chooses the poetry... the relatives? or the deceased when planning the gravestone?

  2. What fabulous names they both had and such beautiful stones. I really love american stones from these eras.

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