The following epitaphs are from Susan Darling Safford’s Quaint Epitaphs, Fourth Edition (Boston: DeWolfe, Fiske & Co. 1902). This volume was originally copyright 1898 by S.D Safford. The book the included image is from is part of a private family collection. The handwriting is unknown to me, and due to the presence of the Woolwich entry, may not be from a family member. The first five lines are printed, and the remainder of the page is handwritten.
These blank leaves are inserted
for the convenience of
“On a Cook.”
Ah, Bridget, here is our revenge,
We have no doubt ‘twould make you grieve;
Beneath this monument you dwell —
The only place you cannot leave.
Churchyard — Woolwich, Kent, England:
“Sacred to the memory of Major James Brush,
Royal Artillery, who was killed by the ac-
cidental discharge of a pistol by his orderly,
14th April 1831. Well done, good and faithful
– Christian Science –
Here lies our wife, Samantha Proctor,
Who ketched a cold and wouldn’t doctor.
She could not stay. She had to go —
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
© 2011 N. P. Maling