Thursday, August 21, 2014

Elizabeth Locke's Epitaph

wife of
died 2nd Apr. 1864

A few short years of evil past, 
 we reach the happy shore, 
 where death-divided friends at last 
 shall meet, to part no more.

Hurd & Roberts
1 Thessal. 4:13-18:

Take comfort, Christians, when your friends 
in Jesus fall asleep; 
Their better being never ends; 
why then dejected weep? 

Why inconsolable, as those 
to whom no hope is giv’n? 
Death is the messenger of peace, 
and calls the soul to heav’n. 

As Jesus died, and rose again 
victorious from the dead; 
So his disciples rise, and reign 
with their triumphant Head. 

The time draws nigh, when from the clouds 
Christ shall with shouts descend, 
And the last trumpet’s awful voice 
the heav’ns and earth shall rend. 

Then they who live shall changed be, 
and they who sleep shall wake; 
The graves shall yield their ancient charge, 
and earth’s foundations shake. 

The saints of God, from death set free, 
with joy shall mount on high; 
The heav’nly hosts with praises loud 
shall meet them in the sky, 

Together to their Father’s house 
with joyful hearts they go; 
And dwell for ever with the Lord, 
beyond the reach of woe. 

A few short years of evil past, 
we reach the happy shore, 
where death-divided friends at last 
shall meet, to part no more.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Burial of William Thomas Salmon

"In the midst of life we are in death"
Sacred to the Memory of
William Thomas Salmon
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons.
London, England.
Fell a victim to malignant Scarlet Fever
Contracted in the exercise of his profession.
Feby. 3, 1864.
"In the midst of life we are in death" a befitting epitaph, William succumbed to Malignant Scarlet Fever contracted while serving his patients. We often think of soldiers who have given their lives while in service as heroes; William Thomas Salmon was also a hero, who risked and lost his life helping those in need.

This epitaph is an excerpt of the memorial service outlined in The Book of Common Prayer: The Order For The Burial of the Dead. Written below is the portion of the service in which this epitaph appears.

Friends and relatives would congregate along graveside, as the deceased was being laid to rest these words were spoken or sung. Afterwards earth was casted upon the deceased, as the minister would continue reading the next section in The Order For The Burial of the Dead.

"MAN, that is born of a woman, hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.

In the midst of life we are in death: of whom may we seek for succour, but of thee, O Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased?

Yet, O Lord God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and most merciful Saviour, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour; thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee."

William Thomas Salmon is interred at St. Johns Anglican Cemetery alongside his father Judge William Salmon. Based on it's characteristics and the material used I suspect his headstone was carved by Samuel Gardner.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mr. C. B. Clancy

"Mr. Cornelius Bailey Clancy, proprietor of the Norfolk Messenger, died on Saturday the 14th Dec. Mr. Clancy was born in Mitchellstown, County of Cork, Ireland. He emigrated from Ireland in 1833, and came to Toronto. There he was apprenticed to the Printing trade, George Gurnett, the late well-known Police Magistrate of Toronto, who, at that time conducted the Courier newspaper. Mr. Clancy first became a resident of Simcoe in 1848. He was then induced to take charge of the mechanical execution of the Long Point Advocate, which he managed until the establishment of the Norfolk Messenger soon after."

 - The Journal of Education for Upper Canada Volume XV. for the year 1862 pg. 43 

Cornelius Bailey Clancy is interred at St. John's Anglican Cemetery.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Coffin Plates on Ancestors At Rest

At Rest coffin plate from my collection

Coffin plates are adornments that were attached to or placed in the coffin for the duration of the funeral service. Originally the plate would have been buried with the deceased but during the late 19th century the practice of keeping them as mementos became popular. Overlooked as a valuable resource they often contain information like name, age and death date of the deceased.

Brian L. Massey of Ancestors At Rest, realizing their genealogical potential, has been collecting and indexing coffin plates online. Recently I had the opportunity to Interview Brian about coffin plates.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Judge William Salmon


to the memory of 
for twenty three years 
18th June 1802 
8th February 1868 

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace 
whose mind is stayed on thee because 
he trusteth in thee." Isaiah xxvi.3.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cemetery Symbolism - The Wreath

Wreaths have long been a symbol of victory. They were awarded in ancient Greece during athletic competitions. The Romans would crown the heads of triumphant commanders with wreaths.

Wreaths on tombstones symbolize victory over death.

Victory over death is a religious concept. Many believe you become saved when you accept Jesus as your saviour. Being saved, you are victorious over death because you will be granted eternal life.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Swift Ships - Stephen John Fuller ESQ.

As the swift ships so pass the days of man away.

Here lie interred the mortal remains of Stephen John Fuller ESQ.

A native of the County of Kerry, Ireland.

And for some years captain of a ship in Hon. East India Company's service.

He emigrated to this country in the year 1832. And here by the exercise of talents of no common order reaplly earned for himself a position of public trust and extensive usefulness.

He died at Simcoe 17th October 1856. In the 57 year of his age, Sustained by the hope that maketh not ashamed.

Gardner S. (carved by Samuel Gardner)