12 July 2015

In Memory of Maria, Wife of Samuel Gregory Starr

In Memory of
wife of Samuel G. Starr,
fhe died Nov. 5, 1817, Æ 28,
she was daughr of
Ebenr R. & Hannah White.
(of Danbury Conn.)

A quick search at GenealogyBank revealed a death notice for Maria that was run in a few Connecticut newspapers. This notice gave us her husband's middle name:

Connecticut Herald (New Haven, Connecticut)
9 December 1817, pg. 3
In Augusta, (Geo.) Mrs. Maria Starr, wife of Mr. Gregory Starr, late of Danbury, and daughter of Mr. Ebenezer R. White.
One other note: The three blocks of art carved near the top of Maria's tombstone provide a bit of symbolism. In between what I would call daisies is a weeping willow draping over an urn. According to Stories in Stone by Douglas Keister, "The willow and urn motif was one of the most popular gravestone decorations of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries." The willow not only represents grief and sorrow, but also immortality.

(Image from) St. Paul's Church Cemetery
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia

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