Friday, June 22, 2012

Holding Hands Forever

This distinctive arch-shaped monument on the North Ridge features a pair of clasped hands, a symbol found on a number of old stones throughout the Cemetery.  Showing a woman's hand and a man's, it represents marriage as the husband and wife join hands for eternity.

The pattern is repeated on the back of the monument as well, though the eastern face of the stone is a bit more worn than the western face shown above.

This monument marks the grave of several Lansings:  Jacob I. Lansing (died 1884 at age 76), his wife Mehetable (died 1877 at age 65), Myron Lansing (died 1875 at age 21) and Thomas Lansing (died in 1877 at age 56).  One tablet on the eastern side is blank.

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