This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground in Brewster, Massachusetts
In Memory of PHYLANDER
Son of Mr. BENJAMIN
& Mrs. MARY BANGS
who departed this Life Decr. 4th
1797. Aged 6 Months.
Also Mr. JOSHUA BANGS
who was lost at Sea Oct. 21st
1798 Aged 23 Years
&& 9 Months
Philander Bangs is the son of Benjamin Bangs and Mary Hatch. Joshua Bangs, lost at sea, is the cousin of Philander, and son of Joshua Bangs, also the brother of Benjamin Bangs. Benjamin and Joshua Bangs were sons of Benjamin Bangs and Desire Dillingham, and the great great grandsons of John Bangs (1644 - 1728) and Mary Mayo (my 8x great grandparents).
I can only guess that perhaps these two young cousins, one infant and one a young unmarried man, were memorialized together on the same stone because they died within a year of each other? Just a guess.
Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo