Saturday, February 11, 2012

“Born in Ireland”

The small, plain gravestone for James Murphy (b. 1789, d. 1863) has no symbolic carvings and no poetic epitaph. Still, it caught my eye from its sunny corner in Sunbury Memorial Park.

It may be plain, but the gravestone does have moss, algae, ivy (real, not carved), and what I think of as a genealogy bonus: country and date of birth.



JAMES MURPHY
BORN
IN IRELAND
MAR. 3, 1789
DIED
AUG. 29, 1863


Sunbury Memorial Park, Delaware County, Ohio

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