Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ The infant Benjamin Allcock, died 1720/21, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Point of Graves in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Benjamin Son
Of Mr. Joseph
& Mrs Keturah
Allcock, Aged
5 Months & 23 Ds
Decd. Febry 28, 1720

Joseph, son of John Alcock and Joanna Amerdith, born 1691 in Kittery, Maine and died February 1745 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; married  Keturah Allcock, daughter of Benjamin Rawlins and Eunice Unknown. 

Two children:
1.  Joseph born 26 February 1716 in Portsmouth m. Jane Ring
2.  Benjamin born September 1719, died 28 February 1720/21

There are two embroidered pictures attributed to Keturah Rawlins in American museums.  The first is a linen panel of an embroidered shepherdess in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  See this link:  https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/39.108.1/   The second is also at the MET museum, and is a hunting scene https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/13742  Both embroidered scenes are circa 1740 made in Boston, Massachusetts.

This very elaborately carved gravestone for an infant, and the elegant schoolgirl embroideries lead me to believe that the Allcock and Rawlins families were very wealthy.

Sue Straw has a website dedicated to the children buried at the Point of Graves in Portsmouth.  Here is a link to her sketch on Benjamin Allcock:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ The infant Benjamin Allcock, died 1720/21, Portsmouth, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 26, 2018, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/06/tombstone-tuesday-infant-benjamin.html: accessed [access date]). 

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