Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! Sharing Some "Thankful" Tombstone History

Sharing from the Facebook Page:  "Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery" in Portland, Maine. 

"Established in 1668, this ancient landscape holds the stories of over 7,000 citizens buried there. "
"Happy thanksgiving from Thankful Cobb's headstone. It's in pieces, but enjoy this drawing by CPM. Notice the little 50 next to her death year of 1749. That's the old style (1749) and the new style (1750) year. The American colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, shifting the start of the year from March 1st to January 1st and they called it "new style."


This early drawing depicting an actual gravestone is reminiscent of those we often see for America's pilgrims.