Anyone who has taken any time gazing at old gravestones has seen the shoddy workmanship. A letter left out of the name, only to be added above the approximate space, a name split in half between lines are not uncommon. One would think they might plan it out a bit better.
(HUSBAND’S FIRST NAME IS NAT>>>HANEL?)
Some of these seem to be common abbreviations of the time like the letter “Y” with just an “e” super-scripted after it. I have also seen the name “Benjamin” shortened, but as it was consistent throughout the stone (father had same shortened spelling) then I can only assume it was on purpose to save on space.
I wonder how these stonecutters got away with such work. One wold think that if the customer paid for a stone, that it would be right or the engraver not get paid. Maybe back then you paid and got what you got. I wonder how many family members lived on broken hearted that not only was a loved one gone, but now the memorial stone was messed up for all time.
Here is a stone from a Windham NH cemetery. The motto across the top reads: mors indies accelepat (It’s squished but that’s not a real HUGE thing).
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The problem is that it SHOULD read: mors indies accelerat.
WOODCUT PROM ASCHAM’S SCHOLEMASTER – A tree growing out of an effigy on a tomb with the motto “Etsi mors indies accelerat post funera virtus vivet tamen” (though death hastens on daily yet virtue will live on after the burial)
~~Social England: From the accession of Henry the Eighth to the death of Elizabeth, edited by Henry Duff Traill, James Suamarez Mann
Yes, that’s right. The engraver left off the little leg on the “r”. I looked really close to see if it had just filled in with lichens or eroded away in that spot but it simply wasn’t cut. Poor Adam’s last name was also spelled wrong, having to add a letter “e” after the fact.