Monday, April 15, 2013
Patriot's Day is only celebrated in Massachusetts and it is a good day to go out and photograph gravestones of those who served in the Revolutionary War. I took this photo on a lovely fall day in a nearby and very ancient cemetery.
I was intrigued by these two side-by-side gravestone in the Old Burying Ground in Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts. When I first looked at the stones, I thought they might be husband a wife, which is common for this graveyard. But, they are son and his mother. Please notice the sticker placed on the son's grave that says "Veteran'. The son may have been unmarried.
She was over 95 when she died in 1833 and her son died in 1830. Mary FAY's husband Major Josiah FAY and her son (buried with her) both served in the Revolution. Josiah is a recognized patriot in the DAR database. (MA SOLS & SAILS, VOL 5, P 578) (from a SAR record)
My husband does have Fay folks in his family so this is a third cousin situation. This is the classic 1830's weeping willow style gravestone. They are quite easy to read. They have lasted quite nicely though the winters and the Hurricane of 1938 which toppled trees and broke gravestones in this graveyard.