This tombstone was photographed at the Cemetery on the Plain, Windham, New Hampshire
HERE LIES BURIED
THE BODY OF
MRS ISABELL THE
WIFE OF MR NAT
WHO DIED FEBRY
1753 IN YE 60th
YEAR OF HER AGE.
See History of Windham in New Hampshire, by Leonard Morrison, page 575 for this lovely tale (myth or reality?):
“Nathaniel Hemphill, the emigrant ancestor, was b. in Antrim, Ireland, in the year 1700, and was of Scotch descent. He remained in Ireland till 28 years of age. His marriage was romantic. A man by the name of Robinson married a lady, by whom he had two daughters, then he died. A brother of the subject of this sketch was pleased with the widow, and requested Nathaniel to be an agent, and ask the widow if she would marry him. He consented, saw the widow, and propounded the important question, when she naively replied, “Why not ask for yourself, Nathaniel?” He asked for himself, was accepted, and married the widow. One daughter was born to them in Ireland, when he and his wife, their daughter, and her two daughters emigrated to America. When he landed, he had but one shilling in money. He came to Londonderry, now Derry, and hired a room in the house which stood on the farm where Alexis Proctor once lived, now owned by John Palmer. Here his family stayed while he went to Boston and let himself as a hostler, where he acquired money enough in a short time to buy a farm in Windham…Some of his children were born there. He built the second house near where the Cochran house now stands, and children were born there. Mrs. Isabella Robinson, whom he married in Ireland, d. Feb. 3, 1753 in her 60th year… Children of his first wife, by her first husband: -
Mary Robinson, b. in Ireland; m. Dea. Samuel Campbell.
Sarah Robinson, b. in Ireland; m. James Dunlap
Nathaniel Hemphill’s children: -
Jane, b. in Ireland; m. Mr. Moore.
Robert, b. Windham, 1731; res. In town, and d. Feb. 18, 1818
Isabella, b. Windham, 1733; m. John Gregg…
Nathaniel, b. Windham, May 10, 1737; d. Nov. 10, 1796”
In 2013 I posted the tombstone of Isabella (Hemphill) Gregg at this link:
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Isabella (Robinson) Hemphill, buried 1753 in Windham, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 28, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/03/tombstone-tuesday-isabella-robinson.html: accessed [access date]).