Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Jerusha Foster Bangs, 1801 in Brewster, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground in Brewster, Massachusetts (Cape Cod)

Here lies the Body of
Mrs. Jerusha Bangs
late wife of Solomon
Bangs who Departed
this life December 
24, 1801 in
ye 77th year of her 

Jerusha Foster was born 9 December 1727 in Harwich, Massachusetts, and died on 14 December 1801.  She was the daughter of Chillingsworth Foster and Susannah Gray Sears. Jerusha married Solomon Bangs on 2 April 1769 in Harwich.  He was born in 1729 and died on 19 January 1797, a Revolutionary War Patriot.

Jerusha's tombstone is surprisingly modern in design.  Most of the tombstones in this cemetery are traditional New England designs with winged cherub's heads.  Her husband, Solomon Bangs, is my 2nd cousin 7 generations removed.

This tombstone can be found at Find A Grave at this link:

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. The sun is a symbol of everlasting life.

    1. Donna Walcovy at NERGC explained that this was a sign of resurrection. During the enlightenment period the sun was a less religious symbol than the earlier winged heads, angels and death symbols.