Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Terbush Tree

There are a number of tree-shaped monuments throughout the Rural Cemetery. A trunk without branches was a popular symbol of either a young life cut short or the end of a family line; several of these stone trees mark the graves of young men who died in the Civil War and left no children.

This large tree monument along the South Ridge Road is an especially detailed example with its textured bark, scrolls bearing the names of the departed, and a large anchor.

Among those buried here is Captain Henry Terbush who, according to Joel Munsell's Annals of Albany, was killed by the machinery of the steamboat A.L. Lawrence on October 2, 1849.

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