Re-post from 2012
This weeping willow motif with the "headboard and bed posts" is common for the early 19th century slate gravestones. Douglas Keister's book (Stories in Stone, p. 67) tells me that the weeping willow tree represents the Christian gospel because the tree itself will flourish and remain whole no matter how many branches are cut off.
I am using Sally's gravestone today because of the Parmenter Adventure that I began last fall and now have more information about the people who are buried in Marlborough in Evergreen Cemetery. This cemetery is on Wilson St. and is known as Wilson Cemetery because the land was a farm at one time.
Sally Dalrymple PARMENTER
Buried in the row with her parents (Ezekiel and his wife Keziah Parmenter), is this lovely weeping willow gravestone.
Forever sleeping here is Sally, who sadly died at the age of 24 on December 23, 1836. According to the Parmenter Genealogy (#1129, p. 79) she was born 4 Aug 1812 in Marlborough and was single when she died.