died March 17, 1826,
aged 69 years.
Softly her fainting head she laid
Upon her Saviour’s breast;
Her Saviour call’d her soul away
And laid her flesh to rest.
The poetic epitaph is adapted from “The Death of Moses” by Isaac Watts, whose hymns were a popular source for epitaphs in the 19th century. Compare the version on Charity’s gravestone to the original:
Softly his fainting head he lay
Upon his Maker’s breast;
His Maker kiss’d his soul away,
And laid his flesh to rest.
Richard Closson (d. 1831), a Revolutionary War veteran, is buried beside his wife.
Burnside Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio