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EPITAPHS AND ELEGIES,




'* I in the burying place m(iy see.
Graves jihorter far than 1 ;

Froai Death's arrest, no age is free ,
Young children too may t!ie.^'



NEW-YORK :



'UINTluD AND SOLD BY SAMUEL WOOD 8c SONS.

AT THE JUVEMLE EOOK-STOKE,

■VO. S.^7, PEARL-STKi.£T,

1816".



PREFACE.






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THE publisher of this little volume of Epitaphs, se-
cted rVorn among iimijy of his own collection, presents

to hi.s juvenile readers ; apprehending there are some
Inong tlicm, who (like himself,) can be agreeably
Tiused with solemn and serious scenes; some who, with
le wise man, choose rather *• to go to the house of
ourning, than to the house of feasting :" who can take
easure in retirement, and in walking among the tombs
■ those who were once like us, acting their parts in the
isy scenes of life ; but are now no more; are gone into
state of endless duration, either of happiness or mis-
y ; to one of which states, we are all hastening as fast

the wings of time will carry us. Whilst we thus
hold converse with the silent dead,'^ we naturally re-
ct, that what we are, they were ; and what they are,
e must shortly be ; even though our lives should be
ngthened out to the full age of man, three score years
d ten. This length of time, when compared with
ernity, dwindles into comparative nothingness ; yet on
e improvement of these few momenls, an eternity of
ppiness or misery d^peml).

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*' Our d«Jys begin with trouble herCj j

Our life is but a span ; I

Helen tle?s death is always near, j

So frail a thing is man. ;

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'* Then sow the seeds of grace while young,

That when thou com^st to d»e, j

Thou may'st sing forth that triumph song, 1

Desfth^ where's thy victory ?'' J

The extravagance bestowed upon funeral monuments^
and the fulsome encomiums which some of them contain,;
justly merit censure. Our mcderation should appear in
all things ; and superfluities about dead bodies, are quite
as reprehensible as on the living. ^

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EPITAPHS AND ELEGIES.



TliSTillCr Of MAI>Ji.

PORTLAND.




IN MEMORY OF

Mrs. Eliza S. Haytlen,

Wife of Mr. Josiah Hajden,

Aged 21 Years,

& Robert Stonehoiise,

Their Son, aged 10 Months.

rhey were v/recked on Richpiond's Island^

July 12, 1807,

With Capt. Jacob Adams,

of Schr. Charles,
Where 13 others Perished-



mmw'-ki.k fi FSTt ir^E..



POKTSMOITH.



This Stone, j

erected by Parental affection, j

is sacred to the Memory of NANCY, I

TEMPERANCE, & SAMUEL WALKER, |

three promising children of

Mr. Seth and Mrs. Temperance Walker, i

Who were lovely and pleasant in life, and iu|

their deaths, were not divided, being sum- |

mon'd to the tomb in the short space of J

four days, at the Age of 12, 6, and 4 years. \



*' Insatiate Archer, could not suffice ? J

Thy shafts slew thrice, and thrice our peace was slain ; j

And thrice" within the space of four short days. )

Thus mourn the parents — sounds responsive rise, ^

Cease our dear parents unavailing sig:hs, ^

In reahns of bliss we wait your fond embrace, 'j

Where we behold the ^^aviour fcice to face — • j

Oh, bow submission to the chastening rod, |

And bless a taking as a giving God. j

Mar. 1798. i

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MASSACHUSETTS.



NEWBURYPOBT.



SALLY,

a promising daughter of Nathaniel,

& Tabilha White, of Portsmouth,

died August 29, 1798. JEt. 14.



Tis Heaven's high will we must to dust return,
A.t eve, at noonday, or in bleoming morn :
But small the difference when the summons given,
[f we're prepared to tread the courts of heaven.
The child thro' grace may die full crown'd with years,
fVhile age impenitent must be clos'd in tears,
bnd Parents, brethren, friends, and kindred hear,
^.nd for the Solemn Hour of Death prepare!
That join'd in Jesus we may meet above,
lais'd above iall defect, and perfected in love.




FREDERICK TITCOMB.

Son of

John Berry Titcomb &

Katy Titcomb,

who in the midst of blooming

health and youthful activity, was

suddenly taken from this
[theatre of] life, by falling from
a Vessel's Mast, 4th June, 1808.
in the 9th Year of his A2:e.



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In Memory of
CAPT. JOHN COUCH,

Who died at Demarara,

July 14th, 1794, Mi. 47.

Also his Son

JOSEPH COUCH,

who was drowned

at Plumb-Island Beach,

Mt 18.

Beliold the Father &c the Son,

Their days cut short, their glass has run,

Whilst one by sickness wascall'd home,

The other shared a briny tomb.

Cense then from friends and put your trust,

In God who turneth all to dust.



SALEM.

In Memory of
ELIZABETH GROVES,

Daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Groves,

Ob. Oct. 24, 1800,

in the fifth Year

of her age.

Friends nor Physicians couUl not save,
My dying Body from the Grave.




In Memory of

Amos Ballard, (Son of

MR. JOHN BALLARD,

of Boston,)

who was deprived of his life

hv the accidenial discharsie

of a musket, in a Canoe,

in LYNN RIVER,

On the 25 of August, 1798,

Alt. llT

rhe grave hath eloquence ; its Lectures teach
In silence, louder than divines can preach,
Hear what it says, ye sons of folly, hear.
11 speaks to you^ lend an attentive ear



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BOSTON.

Ill Memoiy of 9 Children
of Thomas and Catharine Hiller,
viz.
Elizabeth Ililler, died Sep. 21, 1795.

Ao;ed 9 Months :
Mary Pain Hiller, died Sept. 16, 1798,

Aged 15 Months :
Benj. Hiller, died July 24, 1799,

Aged 8 days :
Mary Pain Hiller, died Sep. 20, 1801,
Aged 14 Months :
And 5 Infants.

Their souls are gone to heaven we trust ;
GOD cali'd them home ; he thought it best.



CAMBRIDGE.

In Memory of 2 Children of

Mr. JOHN and Mrs. MARGARET NORCROSS,

vizf.

ELIZA, died Augst. 22, 1802,

iEt. 2 years and 9 Mo.

JOHN, died Novr. 22, 1802,

JEt. 4 Mo. 15 ds.

Why should we say His yet too soon,
To geek for Heaven or think of Death,
A flower may fade before His noon,
And we this day may lose our breath.



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FAIR-H4VEN.

To the Memory of ^

Mary Ann Alden,

Who died July 6th, A, D. 1809,

Aged 5 Months :

The daughter of the late

Mr. Gideon S. Alden, deed*

and his wife Priscilla.

'Tis God that lifts our comforts high,
Or sinks them in the grave ;
He jsires, and (blessed be his name)
He takes but what he gave.

NEW- BEDFORD.

In Memory of
RHODOLPHUS WING HOWLAND,

Son of James and Aurilla Howland,

who died March 20lh, 1810,

Aged 1 Year, 1 Months

and 25 days.

Entwined in the cold arras of death,

See dear Rhodolphus lie,

.lust sipt the 2;all, re?>it^ned his breath ;

So did his Sov'reitjn die.

But why so short thy visit here?

Ah ! why so soon depart ?

Was it to call up every tear,

And break thy parents' heart?

no, his little soul replies ;

1 was lent to them, not given,
Was calPd away to make them wise,
That we might meet in Heaven.



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RHODE-ISLA-ND. i

ISEWPORT. *

This Marble \

covers the Mortal part of I
JOHN GIBBS,

Son of 1

GEORGE AND MARY GIBBS, ;

an amiable and promising Youth, I

the delight of his fond parents, J

the beloved object )

of his numerous relatives, 4

the desire \

of all Iiis acquaintance, |

who lost his life by the accidental discharge

of a fowling-piece, \

the 26th of August, 1797, \

Aged 16 Years. 1

In Memory of \

Phebe, Amber, and Betsey, 3

three daughters of I

Simeon and Eosannah Taylor. ■

Phebe died June 13th, 1800,

aged 9 Months. i

Amber died July 20th, 1801, ]

aged 3 Years, 7 Months, and 18 Days. l

Betsey, Sept, 17th, 1801, i

aged 2 Years and 18 Days. i

" Be still, and know ihat I am God?^ ]



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Here rest the remains

of

WILLIAM BRANFORD HORRY,

Eldest son of

Elias and Harriet Horry,

of South-Carolina,

who was unfortunately thrown

From a horse, the 26th of May, 1808.

He was born in Charleston,

The 5th of April, 1799 ;

Had resided in town 3 Years,

And died the day after the

distressing accident.

Aged 9 Years, 1 Month, and 22 Days.

The remembrance of this

amiable Youth,

Will long be cherished.

As a son, he was dutiful

in his behaviour ;

His mind was virtuous, noble,

Strong, and cultivated ;

And he had made such progress

In his education.

As to promise future usefulness.

Had it pleased God

To prolong his life.

His afflicted Parents have caused

This Tomb to be erected

To his Memory.



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PROVIDENCE.



In Memory of

three respectable black

Persons, Phillis, Rose, and

Fannj Chace,

who served faithfully,

in the family of

Samuel Chace, Esq.

The Wise, the gay, the Humble,

and the exalted, the beautiful

and the deformed ; must all

moulder, in the same native clay.



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CONNECTICUT,

NORWICH.

In Memory of

Miss Lucy, daughr. to Mr.

John Biishnell and Mrs. Lucy, his

wife, who died Deer. 22cl, A. D.

1805, in the 17 Year of

her age. Also, Fanny, her

sister, died Jan. 2d, A. D. 1806,

In the 10th Year of her

age-

When you, our Friends, are passing by,
And this informs you where we lie ;
Remember, you ere long must have,
Like us, a mansion in the Grave.



NEW-LONDON.

John Shackmaple
Wiilson, Son of

Thomas and

Phoebe Wiilson,

died Oct. 30th, 1798,

Aged 2 Years.

So fond desires are often crossed,
And Parents' hopes in death are lost.



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HARIFORD.

To the Memory of

JEREMIAH WzVDS WORTH, Esq.

Son of the

Rev. DANIEL WADSWORTH,

& Mrs. ABIGAHj WADSVV ORTH.

He was born on the 12ih July,

A. D. 1 743,

& died on the 30th of April,

A. D. 1804.^



* Arespectablf inhabitant inform«J, this raonnmcntis
mbleiiaiical ; that he was a man of worth, and a Pillar
mong th^ People.

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NEW-HAVEN.

Ore 5 small stones side by side.

ELIZABETH,

Daughter of Capt.

Henry & Mrs.

ELIZABETH DAGGETT,

diedJune 1st, 1778,

Aged 10 vVeeks.

HENRY, Son

of Mr. HENRY &

Mis. ELIZABETH

DAGGETT, died 21

# * * * irrf, Aged

#^ rit- •il' 'it' -S/f •it'
TT w TT "Tt* ^ Tlr

ELIHU,

Son of Mr-

Henry and Mrs.

Eliz. Daggett,

died May, 17,

1775, Aged 16

Days.

REBECCA,

Daughter of Mr.

HENRY and Mrs.

ELIZABETH

DAGGETT,

Died Dec. 16,

1773, Aged 47

Days.



19

ELIZABETH,

Daughter of

Mr. HENRY &

Mrs. ELIZABETH

DAGGETT,

died Nov. 19,

1772, Aged

36 Dajs.



NEW-YORK.

aTY OF NEW-YORK.

Here lies interred

the body of

ANNE SOPHIA FIELD,

daughter of Charles I. and

Anne Field,

who departed this transitory

life Sept. 14th, 1800;

Aged 4 Years, 5 Months, and 16 Days.

Farewell, dear soul, a short farewell,
Till we do meet a^ain above,
In the bright realms where Angels dwell,
And all our works be praise and love.



20

In

Memory of
CATHARINE,

daughter of

Stephen and Jane Sands,

who departed this life

Septr, 4th, 1794,

Aged 5 Months, and 27 Days-

Also, their Son

WILLIAM,

who departed this life

24th May, 1805,

Aged 3 Years, 3 Months, 5 Days^

The world is vain and full of pain,
With care and trouble sore ;
But they are blest that are at rest,
"With Christ forever more.



Sacred
to the Memory of
SARAH WHIT TEMORE,

who departed this life,

August the 3rd, 1798,

Aged 12 Tears, and 10 Months »

As rapid as the torrent stream,
As transient as the meteor'** gleam,

Is all our earthly joy ;
We're born to live, and live to die,
Death's shafts around us always fly,

And soon our life dei^troy.



21

IN

Memory of

JOHN,

Son of Peter and

Jane Skinner,

who departed this life

August 18th, 1810,

Aged 14 Months and

24 Days.

See here the child whose cheerful bloom,
Promised a train of years to come ;
When fate derides the expected joys.
And all our flattering hope destroys.



In memory of

Don Carlos Martines de Yrujo>

y McKean, Son of

the Marquis Decade Yrujo,

Minister Plenipotentiary

of his Catholick Majesty to

the United States of America,

born the ITth April, 1799,

& departed this life on the

16th August, 1800.

En el cielo esia Gozando La Gloria.



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In Memory of i

the deceased Children of \

William & Eleanor Valleau- \

John, born Novr, 30th, 177 5, died Deer-

15th, 1775 :i
Mary, Born Novr. 3d, 1775, died Septr.^

13ih, 1777:^
Samuel, born June 10th 1784, died Septr.)

14th, 1784 :|
Samuel, Born July 8th, 1785, died Jany, 27^

1786 :!
Eleanor, Born March 10th, 1787, died Jund

14th, 1788:]
Sarah, Born May 6th, 1791, died May 6thJ

1791 :i
Martha, Born May 31st, 1794, died AugustI

11th, 1794.1

O my happy infant friends, ^

Shall I you again behold ; ^

Jesus now this warfare end, 1

Come and take me to thy fold ; J

Let me then, matnr'd in love, I

Kiss my little friends above. ^ |



In Memory of

JANE HYDE,

died the 1 7th of April, 1804,

Aged 2 Years and 21 Days.

The days wherein I passed my life,
Were like the fleeting shade ;
And I am withered like the grass,
That soon away does fade.



Reader,

This Marble speaks no common loss.

It presses the remains of one

whose day clo^'d in its dawning.

THOMAS IVERS, Junior,

died on the 9rh of Ociober, 1799,

Aged but 19!

The fairest prospects of an unprotected

family, died with him.

If for departed worth, one panj^^ of wo

Has torn thy breast, or caus'd tliy eyes to flow ;

If e'er a sifter's fon(


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