Friday, April 13, 2012

Elizabeth Ann's Roses

In recent months, I've been attempting to document gravestones in the Church Grounds section of the Rural Cemetery. There are some, unfortunately, that are very difficult to identify due to badly eroded inscriptions or serious breakage to the stone.

The lower half of this headstone is broken and missing. The stone seen in the lower half of the photo is part of a completely different monument. All that is legible is part of the name Elizabeth Ann.

The Common Council's 1868 inventory of graves to be transferred from the old State Street Burying Grounds to the Albany Rural Cemetery lists dozens of Elizabeths and many with the middle initial A, but so far, I have not been able to match any of them with this stone.

Still, this sadly damaged bit of marble holds my attention, perhaps because of the beautifully carved roses in the tympanum.

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