Friday, October 7, 2011

Plain Jane

Sometimes it’s the little things.

Take, for example, the marker at the grave of Jane Walker (d. 1846) in Oak Grove Cemetery. No symbolic carvings, no poetic epitaph. The gravestone isn’t even an interesting shape—plain old rectangular tablet.

On closer inspection, we see (1) the carver has taken the time to add a lovely, feathery background around JANE and (2) no one knew Jane’s real age. Both details make this plain Jane stone not so plain after all.


JANE,
WIFE OF
Wm. WALKER
DIED
DEC. 1, 1846:
Aged about 3[9?]
years

Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio

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