Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mary Harvey, Deerfield, MA - 1785

A carver's poignant tribute to the loss of a mother and child.


The Old Burial Ground, Deerfield, Massachusetts


In Memory of
Mary the Wife of 
Simeon Harvey
Who Departed this
Life December 20th
1785 In 39th year of
Her age on her left 
arm lieth the Infant
Wich was still
Born


4 comments:

  1. I love the detail of "on her left arm.." This one's special!

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    1. Yes, that's what struck me too. Really touching.

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  2. Sometimes I think it must have been terrifying to be pregnant in those days... so many deaths of new babies, and of the mothers. This headstone touches one's heart as the carver's intent rings true.

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  3. I've never seen a headstone like this one before. So touching, and as a woman reminds me that I am glad to live in "these times", as much as I love the past.

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