Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Miss Naomi Hemphill, d. 1839, Windham, NH

This tombstone was photographed at the Cemetery on the Plains, Windham, New Hampshire.

Memory of
in the assurance of hope
Jan. 3, 1839,
AET. 48

"She hath dispersed, she hath given
to the poor." 

B. Day.  Lowell

Naomi was the daughter of Nathaniel Hemphill (1727 - 1796) and Agnes Parke.  She was the granddaughter of Nathaniel Hemphill, born in Antrim, Northern Ireland.  She was the youngest of eighteen children who all survived to adulthood. Naomi died unmarried.  According to the History of Windham by Leonard A. Morrison "she was noted for her piety, benevolence, and kindness; she was a person of rare excellence of mind and character."  Her epitaph is from Psalms 112 verse 9 "He hath disperse, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth forever, his horn shall be exalted with honor.  The godly are not stingy, but distribute liberally, as the need or the poor requires and as his power is able."

Naomi's tombstone was carved by Benjamin Day of Lowell, Massachusetts.  He was a prolific gravestone carver, and many of the tombstones in Derry and Windham were carved by Benjamin Day.

See this blog post for photos and information on the tombstones of Naomi's parents:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Miss Naomi Hemphill, d. 1839, Windham, NH", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 10, 2018, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/04/tombstone-tuesday-miss-naomi-hemphill-d.html: accessed [access date]).

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