Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cheek to Jowl



In a small, out-of-the-way cemetery in Tariffville near Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, there are two gravestones honoring Hezekiah Holcomb.  The one on the right is for Captain Hezekiah Holcomb, who died in 1794 at the age of 69.  On the left is a monument for a different Hezekiah Holcomb -- probably his son -- who died in 1820.

They must have been very close.  Or their families must have been very cheap.

This post is linked to Taphophile Tragics.  The photo is from November.

26 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

I didn't know the Taphophile thing was up and running again.

Or economical.

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful monuments but you made me laugh at your comment about them being either close or cheap lol

SRQ said...

Ha -- you're funny, Jack. Another possibility: perhaps the cemetery curator lacked a sense of space. Looks like an interesting graveyard (if you're going to visit one without ice cream names).

Cezar and Léia said...

Indeed, these gravestones are very close, hmmm some mystery now! :)
Léia

EG CameraGirl said...

Or...they have been ecologically minded, even way back when. :))

RamblingRound said...

I don't think I've ever seen such close gravestones...must have been saving space!

Lowell said...

Can you imagine being named Hezekiah? What nickname would you get. Heck?

I have no idea why these two tombstones are so close. Maybe one is buried on top of the other.

Questions like this are the death of me!

Sharon said...

A close knit family!

Malyss said...

I always like those questions graves create in our minds! This would be a good beginning for a writing class!

Lois Evensen said...

Or, if as in some parts of Europe where there is limited space, they are buried in the same grave on top of each other.... ? Fascinating situation.

VP said...

I always like your cemeteries; our are cramped and quite awful, monumental ones apart...

Taken For Granted said...

Cemeteries are always interesting as they tell stories of life and death. This one is especially interesting.

LONDONLULU said...

Great capture but I had to chuckle at that...maybe they wanted to leave a tiny footprint:)

RedPat said...

The one on the right is in wonderful condition for its age. Probably ran out of space for the son.

jennyfreckles said...

They'd unthinkingly filled the Capt's gravestone up by being wordy and found they'd left no space for the later Hez. What an amazing name!

William Kendall said...

Weird spacing... which you don't see in some of the stones in the background.

Why would you want to name your son that if you'd already been saddled with a twenty five dollar handle like that?

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I needed this laugh today! I like Hezzie! Probably more cheap than close and, of course, Daddy would get the biggest one! Made my day, Jack! Thank you!

Nicola Carpenter said...

Fantastic find and what beautiful monuments.

Beneath Thy Feet

JM said...

Beautiful, both of them!

Leslie D. said...

Nice! Call me weird but I enjoy poring over gravestone at the old cemetery here, piecing together what happened. PS yes I was experimenting with profile photos. Sorry I showed up incognito

Kate said...

Excellent caption!

Michelle said...

Maybe close AND cheap.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I like the detail you have captured here along with the lighting and shadows.

These Hezekiahs must have been very slender.

Bises,
Genie

Randy said...

Fancy.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You've left us with another mystery Jack! If they were McStuart's I'd say they were Scottish and the latter theory would apply!!

Jo said...

WOW .... these are so cool -- and what a great find! Thanks for sharing on Taphophile Tragics!!