06 December 2010

Iron Infant Grave Markers & Covers


Cora Lilian and Little Phoebe died in the early 1870's. Over their graves were placed these cast iron markers / covers. They are topped with a sculpted bouquet of flowers and sleeping baby. The sun was not cooperating with me and my camera, but I hope you can see the tremendous detail on these markers.



At the head of each marker (Cora's is broken) is a circle where is inscribed their names and death dates. Atop this is a crown.


I am not sure of the surnames for Cora and Little Phoebe, but they were laid to rest next to Asbury J. (1847-1924) and Fannie E. Mewborn (1851-1895).


Located in Duluth Baptist Church Cemetery at Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Photos © 2010 S. Lincecum.

2 comments:

Renee G. said...

I have recently found a marker in one of my local cemeteries that is almost identical to the Iron Infant Grave Markers and Covers. Do you know where I can find more information about this style of marker?

S. Lincecum said...

Hi, Renee! Thanks for stopping by.

Since these markers were sometimes made by local foundries or blacksmiths, a Google search of 'iron grave marker' + the area of interest might produce some results. Also, the Association of Gravestone Studies (http://www.gravestone studies.org) has some general articles in their "Markers" publication archives.

I did not notice a company signature of any kind on the infant markers I photographed for the post, but I did find one on a different iron grave marker in another cemetery. If yours has a company signature, searching on that might produce some results as well.

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