Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Margaret Muzzey, died 1787 in Newbury, Massachusetts


Mournfull Stone is
Erected to ye Memory of
Miss Margaret Muzzey
the only Child of Mr. Joseph
and Mrs Lydia Muzzey
who after a long & painfull
sickness which she bore with
Unexampled patience
Exchanged this Mortal for an
immortal state Decr. ye 8th
1787 In the 23rd year of
her age.
What tho this body turns to dust
It can't disturb my rest
May I but dwell with Christ above
To be for ever blest. 

Margaret Muzzy, born 12 January 1765 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, and died 18 December 1787 in Newbury, was buried at the First Parish Burial Ground in Newbury.  She was the daughter of Joseph Muzzey (1731 - 1801) and Lydia Stickney (1733 - 1799) married on 26 May 1756 in Newbury.  

We often think that the Puritans, who lost so many babies to childhood diseases, were cold hearted and stoic.  This tombstone shows two parents mourning the loss of an only child.  It is an example of how our assumptions are wrong, and the parents of the eighteenth century were just like us today. 


To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Margaret Muzzey, died 1787 in Newbury, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 2, 2024, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2024/04/margaret-muzzey-died-1787-in-newbury.html: accessed [access date]). 

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