The second is a pedestal monument topped with a sphere. There are two inscriptions on opposite faces, Philo P. Evarts and Phebe R. Evarts (d. 1897), his wife, suggesting that this stone was placed after the death of Mrs. Evarts, thirty-seven years after the death of her husband.
MAR. 21, 1860;
Aged 44 Yrs
& 9 months.
The tablet marker features the carving of an open book showing the words “There is rest for the weary.” An open book is often a reference to the Bible. Could the carved statement refer to Matthew 11:28, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”?
The there-is-rest statement takes on special meaning when we learn from the U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules that Mr. Evarts’s cause of death was “Suicide insane.”
|U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1860, Berlin Township, Delaware County, Ohio|
Philo Evarts was his wife’s second husband. Phebe George’s first husband, Elijah Sackett, died shortly after their marriage in 1838. Phebe Sackett married Philo Evarts in 1840.
MAY 1, 1897
78 Y’S 10 D.
|Sackett-George, 1838, Delaware County, Ohio|
|Evarts-Sackett, 1840, Delaware County, Ohio|
Cheshire Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio