19 June 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: The Stones of Zinc

(Hopefully our connectivity problem has been solved.  So here goes.)
Last time I had attempted a regular cemetery post it was about the wonderful grave stones made of zinc.  I had waxed eloquent, with pithy and witty remarks.
That post was lost when my connection to the internet failed.
So instead, you get this this post.  Same pictures.  Less wit.
Most of the monuments I have seen that are made of zinc are made in the impressive tall monument style.  This one is one example.  It is wider than many I've seen, a bit more massive.  But the familar urn is on the top and it has the base with the family name, as well as removable plates on all four sides for later personalization of other family members' statistics.
This stone from my family, located in Copmish Michigan is an example more typical of the zinc markers I have seen.  Again tall, and very ornate, with the drapery and swags adorning the upper portion, with the urn at the top.  The four sides again have the removable plaques, although, as is normal with my family, only Jonathan's is noted with dates.  The other sides had simply impressions of sheaves of wheat or a cross with flowers adorning it. 
 I was rather surprised by this zinc marker.  I had never seen a "two-fer" like this one.  It is much lower than the most common markers of this sort.  The common zinc base with the family name is longer and narrower.  It accommodates two separate makers for father and mother.  Abraham and Elizabeth Terwilliger each have their information on plaques on the appropriate maker.  Since they died only a year and a half apart, perhaps it was easier for the family to have Elizabeth's updated.
 This maarker for Andrew A Heath is also out of the ordinary, although very similar to may military markers in size and shape.  But even though it is compact, it is quite ornate with its borders and drapery.
The last, which alas I have been unable to determine where I found this picture when I tried to post it previously is also unusual in that it is another combination of markers.  Not only is there a large family marker in zinc, complete with the side panels, easily seen here, but two independent side markers.  The two smaller markers next to the family monument record the information on the two individuals.  The front marker, although hard to read here, is full of information as well.
Since they are hard to read here, I wonder if the large stone is for the pioneer family, or at least the parent generation, with the smaller ones belonging to the next generation?
Alas, since I haven't been able to track down the cemetery, I will be unable to investigate them further for now at least.

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