Friday, May 18, 2012

Eunice Pierce

This stone on the high ground of the Middle Ridge is another example of an older grave transferred the Rural Cemetery to an individual plot (as opposed to the massed rows of the Church Grounds).

It's a beautifully carved piece and, because it was placed upright, it has fared much better than many transferred stones which were laid flat and have either broken, become deeply embedded, or eroded from the greater exposure to the elements.  It features a fan-like decorative motif at the corners flanking the center tablet and a very fine example of the classical urn-and-willow imagery popular in the early 1800s.  The upper branches of the willow follow the inner curve of the stone's tympanum and arch elegantly over the urn.

The inscription on the main tablet reads:

In Memory of Eunice Pierce Wife of John Pierce Died November 16, 1824 Aged 58 years, 7 months, & 16 days.

The smaller tablet below reads:

Hear what the voice from Heaven declar To those in Christ who die!  "Released from all their earthly cares They reign with Him on high."

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