Gravestones

A New England Art Form

 

Ó 1992 D. A. Jacobs

 

     

 

The Burying Point Cemetery in Salem Massachusetts

 

A tour guide pointing out graves near “The Hanging Tree”

 

 

 

The Burying Point Cemetery in Salem Massachusetts draws people by the thousands because of the Salem witch trials. Many have no idea what they are looking at or why these symbols were carved on these stones. On occasion I will overhear comments by visitors and if they are worthy (friendly, curious, open minded and non judgmental) I will explain the significance of the carvings on the stones and enlighten them.  To some it opens up a whole new world and adds another level of insight and joy to their visit. Some are amazed to find this is not limited to Salem and start a out on new quest maybe in their own backyards, to find  such carvings.

 

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      Joseph Lamb        Young Thomas Smith      Peggy Crosby            Elizabeth Forest             Unknown Angel

 

 

         

     William Goodhue            Mercy Goodhue             Daniel Curtis               The Children of Timothy Lindall

 

         

     Timothy Lindall                        Maverick Pratt                     James Jeffreys                           John Pratt     

  

          

              Ellas Pratt                           Ruth Webb                         Zackus Barton                       Josiah Peele

 

         

         Robert Peele                             Mary Adam                        Sally Grant                           Sally Ashby     

 

         

         George Ropes                       3 Glover Children                Nathanael Ward                    Simon Pitman

 

 

         

           Jon Archer                     Margaret Parkman                Elizabeth Hood                       Sarah Hood

 

          

           Anna Burrill                    Abilgale Pickman              John Nutting          William & Elianor Hollingworth

 

 

         

     William Bowditch                   Sarah Gardener            3 Infant Hould Children              Samuel Page

 

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 A very tired Jessie at the entrance of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial where a tribute of stone benches  was erected in 1992 to pay tribute to those hanged or in the case of Giles Corey crushed to death during the those horrific days of the Salem Witch trials when anything different or coincidental was judged as witchcraft and punishable by death!

 

           

     Abilgale Bishop         Sarah Good         Elizabeth Howe    Susanna Martin

 

        

   Rebecca Nurse       Sarah Wildes          George Burroughs       Martha Carrier

 

        

    George Jacobs            John Proctor              John Willard           Alice Parker

 

          

  Giles Corey and his wife Martha Corey       Mary Easty            Mary Parker    

 

            

             Ann Pudeator               Wilmot Redd                  Margaret Scott                Samuel Wardwell

                       

The trials - a scene from the Salem Wax Museum

 

     

May God bless the souls of those poor people falsely

accused and murdered in the name of ignorance…

Amen

 Background on Gravestones     Gravestone Motifs       Gravestone Symbology

  The Five Classes of Gravestones    Alphabetical Listing of Gravestone Symbols

* Light House Clock Stone   * Concord’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

* Salem’s Burying Point Cemetery

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