17 March 2011

Emalee's Time - Is That a Pocket Watch I See?

Depicting the passage of time on a tombstone is a common theme. Rosebuds (Gather ye Rose-buds while ye may), Father Time, and the much more common hourglass (sometimes seen with wings) are several symbols from which to choose if you want to express the connection of rapidly passing time with death. But a pocket watch was a first for me. At least that's what it looks like to me atop Emalee Roberts' stone. What do you think?

Emalee Roberts
Born Nov 8, 1876
Died Nov 8, 1882

"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."

Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia

According to the 1880 U.S. Federal Census for Gwinnett County, GA, "Emma L." is the daughter of William B. and Margaret Roberts.

Photos © 2010/1 S. Lincecum

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