04 September 2009

Freeman Family Obelisks

The obelisk, a form of Egyptian architecture that is said to represent a ray of sunlight, is fairly common in the southern cemeteries I have visited. What I don't see very often, though, is the double obelisk. I found an example of this in Oak Hill Cemetery, located in Talbotton, Talbot County, Georgia. This is a single stone, but there are two obelisks attached -- one for Mr. Freeman and one for Mrs. Freeman. Looking closely, you can see where both of these sculptures have been repaired. I don't know if this was due to vandalism or nature.

Inscriptions:

Father
T. A. Freeman
Born July 26, 1851
Died July 2, 1906
There is a bright region above,
We long to reach its shore,
To join with the dear ones we love,
"Not lost, but gone before."

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Mother
Martha I. Freeman
Apr 24, 1846
Dec 22, 1923

Nearby rests the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Freeman, Mattie Belle. She was but 2 Yrs. 2 Mos. 20 Days. Inscribed on the back of her stone is this: "She was but a jewel lent us, To sparkle in our midst awhile. Then God called and took His treasure, Before she knew an earthly guile."

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