Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pedestaled obelisk

The pedestaled obelisk at the grave of George Black (d. 1842) is quite a handsome monument. Its tulip-shaped top is unusual—and look at the nice repeating patterns of the carvings.

GEORGE
BLACK.
DIED, SEPT,
17
AD. 1842. AG. 32
YRS. 5MO. & 5.
          DAYS,

The stonecutter mark at the base may be George Fetters, although there is no “rs” (the corner is damaged), and what I interpret as an abbreviation for “George” is unusual.

Census records for the area show Fetters families nearby, including a George who is recorded as a farmer. Maybe also a part-time stone carver?


  
Arnold-Bethel Cemetery, Fairfield County, Ohio

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