Instead, it stands at the grave of a young, adult woman, Charlotte Danforth (d. 1858).
AUG 11 1858
Honestly, I am not sure how to classify the carving on this gravestone. Is it an angel? Is it a winged face (soul effigy)?
The wings are not attached to the face, and I am going to take that literally and suggest that this is not a winged face. It is not a typical one, at any rate. Nor is the age of the gravestone typical for winged faces. Awfully “new.”
In fact, the wings are not attached to anything.
No matter how we classify or interpret this face, one thing is certain: It is a lovely face.
West Rushville Cemetery, Fairfield County, Ohio