Take, for example, the marker at the grave of Jane Walker (d. 1846) in Oak Grove Cemetery. No symbolic carvings, no poetic epitaph. The gravestone isn’t even an interesting shape—plain old rectangular tablet.
On closer inspection, we see (1) the carver has taken the time to add a lovely, feathery background around JANE and (2) no one knew Jane’s real age. Both details make this plain Jane stone not so plain after all.
DEC. 1, 1846:
Aged about 3[9?]
Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio