Saturday, January 28, 2012

A classic epitaph

The gravestone for John Everett (d. 1857) has been flat on the ground for a number of years. In fact, there are quite a few stones laid flat alongside the old church building at Liberty Church Cemetery.

Are they in their original locations? Or are the graves to which they belong now unmarked?



JOHN EVERETT
DIED
July 26, 1857.
AGED
23 ys. 11 mo. 28 ds.

The epitaph is a young man’s version of a classic. Spend any time at all in an old graveyard and you are sure to find some version of this epitaph:

Stop young friend as you passby
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so you must be
Prepare for death and follow me.



Liberty Church Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio

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