09 March 2010

Tombstone Tuesday--Ensley North Cemetery

This weeks cemetery is North Ensley, located in the south east corner of the county. I love the entrance, with the fieldstone pillars supporting the arched sign.
Here is the impressive memorial for Benjamin Ensley and his wife who died in 1889 and 1874. A very important family it would seem.
I mean this stone has everything! The burial cloth draped on the top of the stone. The symbol for the Masons figured prominently on the front, as well as the clasped hands of husband and wife. And notice those pointy things like spears in the background on both sides? Here is a clearer picture of them.
Not to be content with a mere cement border, the Ensley family plot is surrounded by this border of posts and chain. Each of the posts are topped with this 4 bladed spear like object. I don't know what the purpose of this glorified fence was, but I am impressed. You can also see there is engraving here on the side of the tall monument as well. I am unable to make it out, but it looks like it could be additional family members. Here is another of my favorite stones. It appears, with its crisp detailing and ornate designs, to be constructed of zinc. The smaller stones say Father and Mother, with some other details. The large tall spire indicates that this is the Hillman family. Set on a stone foundation, it is leaning ever so slightly, but all in all, in great shape.
The Terwilliger family has another zinc stone. I just love how they stay so crisp and clean. Funny though how they try to imitate rough hewn granite. Abraham and Elizabeth both died in the late 1890's.And back to the "stone" stones. William Bazzett's stone does not give a date, at least on this side. It simply states "Gone dear husband, gone forever." And the top of the stone has some delicate flowers carved that are still clear and unworn.
Ahh--my pet peeve--the overgrown bush. At least this stone is not hidden by it. But there is no way of telling here if there are also small stones on the other side of the tall one.
I love this stone. Simple, not much details, but just the name and even the spiky plants (sorry, I am no horticulturist) seem to set it off.
And lastly, John Graves. A surprisingly easy to read stone, even though he died in 1880. I can even make out the fine print below the crest that reads "Gone but not forgotten. " It almost makes you wonder at the newer stone for John at its base. But as the original says, not forgotten.

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