|Miss Experience |
died Oct. 23, 1812
died Augt 24, 1813
Look closely at the carvings. You can still see a willow and urn with clover vines on either side. Lovely!
The epitaph is challenging. I can read a bit of the first line, none of the second, but most of the final two lines:
[U? Reu?]nited as by wed[ding] ...
These lovers h[ad] not plighted hands
When death caus[ed] them to part
They share a gravestone, so when I first read the inscription, I thought Miss Robberts (Roberts) and Mr. Vanlone (VanLoon) were married, perhaps newlyweds. The epitaph tells us they were not yet married. These lovers had not plighted hands.
This excerpt from a wedding hymn written by John Berridge (b. 1716, d. 1793) illustrates the use of the phrase “plighted hands”:
O Lord, we ask thy presence here
To make a wedding guest.
Upon the bridal pair look down,
Who now have plighted hands,
Their union with thy favor crown,
And bless the nuptial bands.
Galena Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio