Mr. ISAAC SPOFFORD
Practitioner of Physic and
Obiit AEtatis 35 June 14th
Dr. Isaac Spofford, son of Captain Abner Spofford and Sarah Coleman, was born 10 April 1752 in Rowley, Massachusetts and died 14 June 1786 in Beverly, Massachusetts. He was married first to Mary Ayer, and second to Ruth Thorndike. He was a doctor who studied under Dr. Brickett of Haverhill, and served as a surgeon in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He was a member of the Amity Masonic Lodge in Beverly, and served as treasurer.
His daughter Sally died at five months in 1781, and son Chandler died at age 3 in 1783. Both siblings are buried at the Abbott Hale Cemetery, too. His daughter Sophia married James Ela.
According to the website "Hawthorne in Salem", http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/images/fullpageimage.php?name=MMD1741 , this slate tombstone was carved by Thomas Park of Groton, Massachusetts.
You can see some wonderful photographs of the masonic details on this tombstone at the Farber Collection website by the American Antiquarian Society at this link: http://luna.davidrumsey.com:8280/luna/servlet/view/all/who/Spofford,%20Isaac/what/Masonic%20Emblems/
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Mr. Isaac Spofford, died 1786 Beverly, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 9, 2016, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/02/tombstone-tuesday-mr-isaac-spofford.html: accessed [access date]).