Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Oh Woman

Somerset Cemetery has a number of table tombs, including one that is shaped like a coffin. It marks the grave of Edith Hamilton (d. 1832).

Sacred to
late consort of the Rev. Samuel Hamilton who
departed this life in the joyful expectation of a
better on the 29th of
March, A.D. 1832 Aged
33 Years 7 months and 26 days.

Oh Woman
I with thee did fix my lot
Willing to undergo like doom.
When death consorted with thee
Death was to me as life
So forcible in my heart I felt
The bonds of nature draw me to
my own.

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The stone carver’s errors, whether in spelling or poor planning, are interesting: The downsizing of TON in her name; the who squeezed in after Rev. Hamilton’s name; an n inserted with a caret to make consorted.

And is there a missing word? ...in the joyful expectation of a better...  A better what?

Somerset Cemetery, Perry County, Ohio


  1. What a wonderful find! I have yet to find any table top tombs. But I keep looking.

  2. That is definitely a neat one! I've seen plenty of table top tombs, but not one was shaped like a coffin.

  3. I posted too soon! Guess what I found today while out gravin? I got my first table top!

  4. Tammi, we are on a roll! Hurray for you!

  5. How unusual, I wonder why those mistakes happened ? an apprentice perhaps ? or a stone mason who had hit the bottle maybe ?


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