Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday ~ David Adams, Derry, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed on Settlers Row, at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Derry, New Hampshire

David Adams Junr.
A member of the senior class
of Harvard University & son
of David & Mary Adams
died March 4th 1805
AEtat. 22

O death, where is thy sting
O grave where is thy victory
Thanks be to God who giveth me the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

As flowers of summer falls to bloom no more
As billows rise and die upon the shore
So Generations live and pass away
They sleep in silence till the judgement day

David Adams was the son of David Adams and Mary Woodman.  He was born 4 November 1782 in Derry, and died on 4 March 1805, unmarried.  His father, David Adams, was born 10 December 1754 in Newbury, Massachusetts and died 24 January 1838 in Derry; he married Mary Woodman on 22 September 1778 in Newbury.  They had seven children, and their son David was the third child.  He was a descendant of Robert Adams (1582 - 1676) one of the first settlers of Newbury. 

This young student was eulogized in The Monthly Anthology and Boston Review,  Volume 2, 1805, Boston, edited by Samuel Cooper Thacher, David Phineas Adams and William Emerson on pages 164 - 165

'Bleffed are the pure in heart: For they fhall fee God.'
     At Londonderry, N.H. on the 4th of March, Mr. DAVID ADAMS, Jun. fenior fophifter of Harvard Univerfity, AEt. 22
     When the eminently good are removed from this world, an account of their characters becomes interefting, and may be ufeful not only to their friends, but to the publick.
     Efpecially when the young, diftinguifhed by uncommon piety and purity of life are taken away, an example is afforded us, which the duty we owe to heaven and ourfelves directs us ferioufly to notice, and rightly to improve.
     Seldom do we witnefs a life fo pure, and a death fo happy, as were exhibited by this truly excellent and amiable young man.  Poffeffing the moft placid and affectionate difpofition, united to a ftrong and cultivated mind, he attracted the efteem and conciliated the affection of all, who knew him.  Diftinguifhed by uncommonly correct principles, his life was untainted by the vices and unfpotted by the irregularities of youth."

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. It's always so sad when we come across mentions or gravestones of those who were gone too soon.

    What a beautiful eulogy he was given!