The Rowles gravestone is similar to my Halloween post, the gravestone for Susan Spitler. It is carved by the same stone cutter (John Strickler), has identical verses as an epitaph, and features (even more) coffin carvings.
But this stone has something the Spitler stone does not: An advertisement for the stone cutter.
whoe died May 7, A.D. 1835
Aged 62 years, 6 months
and 28 days.
Go home dear friends and do not weep,
I am not dead but here to sleep;
Though cold and silent is my bed,
My rest is sweet, my sorrows fled.
I here will slumber underground,
Untill the last loud trump will sound
Then burst my tomb with sweet surprise,
And in my saviours image rise.
West of the Babtist meeting house.
at pleasant Run.
One Internet family historian cites Cemeteries of Pleasant Township, Fairfield County, Ohio, published by The Fairfield County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, which offers this insight into the location of the Strickler shop:
The intersection of Coonpath and Lake Roads is known as Baptist Corners. It is also called Strickler’s Corners because of the stonecutters who operated their business on the southeast corner.Baptist Corners Cemetery (home of the Susan Spitler gravestone mentioned above) sits on the northeast corner of the intersection. There are, as you might expect, quite a few Strickler-carved gravestones there.
From Google Street View, Southeast corner of Coonpath and Lake Roads, Fairfield County, Ohio
West Rushville Cemetery, Fairfield County, Ohio