Saturday, March 21, 2009
Clearly (pun intended) you can see that using the mirror on ancient gravestones like this on can make reading the inscriptions match the records you need to gather. I also took a close-up of Elizabeth's grave and some shots of sections of each grave to demonstrate the lettering style, numerals and the spacing in gravestones of this era.
"Here Lyes Buried ye Body of Mr. David Perkins Who Departed This Life Octbr Ye 1st 1716 in the 84th year of his age."
The older graveyards in Bridgewater have been transcribed and checked but not photographed stone-by-stone. Charles Thatcher transcribed [link is public domain PDF] several cemeteries in southeastern Massachusetts and we are so lucky to have this document. After looking at the blog posts I intend to write about Perkins family in Bridgewater, you will be as grateful as I am for the printed transcriptions.