“Memorializing the dead with grave markers, headstones and tombstones, family burial plots were marked with rough stones, rocks or wood as a way to keep the dead from rising. The deceased’s name, age and year of death were inscribed. From 1650-1900 square shaped tombstones from slate and sandstone evolved with churchyard burials. During the Victorian era (1837-1901) lavish and decorated gravestones included sculptured designs, artwork and symbols. Marble, granite, iron and wood were popular materials from 1780 to the present.
Mary Milne, professional genealogist, presents Epitaphs and Icons: Interpreting Gravestones on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Avon Lake Public Library’s Waugaman Gallery. She has investigated cemetery records, carvings, and statues that provide clues to aid genealogy research. Learn how to interpret often-overlooked messages on gravestones.
All events, which are free, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Waugaman Gallery at Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd.
Heritage Avon Lake is a local history organization that collects, preserves, and promotes oral, written, and physical history. For more information, visit www.heritageavonlake.org or call 440.549.4425.”
Sharing various photographs taken February 14, 2018 at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio.
These monuments and markers seen in the photographs are at or near the cemetery’s main roadway in Section 6 which leads up to the cemetery’s exit.
Of particular note regarding some of the older monuments, and smaller size markers, is that the ceramic photographs are missing from the insets placed for them on the stone. I don’t know if there was vandalism that caused their removal or another reason, but it is something to make one wonder about. Otherwise, the angel topped monuments seem to be intact, which is indeed good news!
It can be noted also that some of the angels are praying.
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