Thursday, February 2, 2012

Weeping... palm?

The sandstone marker at the grave of Nancy C. Saunders (d. 1849) is a simple one with a modest willow carving. Look closely at the willow: The leaves look more like palm leaves than willow leaves.

wife of E. Saunders
died May 2,
1849; aged 30
yrs. 5 m. & 1 D.

If Nancy’s husband was Erasmus Saunders who is buried nearby, then she died a widow, a young widow. His gravestone shows that he died in 1840 at age 27.

An image of a Union County marriage record, available on, suggests that Nancy and (yes) Erasmus were married in 1837. Can you read it? Nancy Coodidge? Collage? I’m thinking Coolidge.

Milford Center Cemetery, Union County, Ohio

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