25 February 2011

Elizabeth is Going Home

Sometimes I come across a tombstone that at first glance appears simple, or common. When I pause and take it all in however, I find that is not the case at all. Like with Elizabeth Gossett's stone pictured below. It contains symbolism, a good bit of genealogical information, and a personalized epitaph. Art and data rolled into one.

A hand with a finger pointing up indicates Elizabeth's soul has risen to Heaven.

Though not seen in the photo, here is a transcription of her entire epitaph: Elizabeth / Wife of I. F. Gossett / Born Mar 23, 1823 / Died Mar 26, 1903 / She was a member of the M. E. church 62 years. / Her last words... I am going home.

Elizabeth was laid to rest near her parents, Casey and Susan Crowe. Their stone is behind hers in the photo. All are buried in Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia.


Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

Things like this always remind me that I want to design my own stone. I want to make sure that not only is there a spiritual design, but I'd really like to have "dau. of", "wife of" and "mother of" on it too.

Dorene from Ohio said...

What a wonderful epitaph for Elizabeth!

S. Lincecum said...

Me too, Lisa! I have not yet settled on a "final design," but would like to have it all laid out before it's my time.

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