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Old 07-13-2013, 06:33 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Recently I've become a volunteer for Find A Grave. They've helped me, maybe I can give back. A new photo request came in and I went to find the grave today and photograph it. Their dates were 1676-1709. What I found says died March 13 1690. I was supposed to find Benjamin Stevens Jr.

Many times another pair of eyes and the addition of some other experienced genies can help to solve questions. That's why I'm asking--how would you decipher the first three letters? Upper left. Also, out of curiosity, what's that mark that's after the 1690 and before the "y 40 year of his age"? It looks like a U with a squiggle near the bottom. Any idea of what the designs are around the edge of the stone? Do they represent anything? Thanks for any help; I am intrigued and I may go back and see if there is another Benjamin Stevens buried there.

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Old 07-13-2013, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Indiana
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I'm sorry, I can't really see them that well. I did find this website, which might be helpful : Ringgold County IAGenWeb Project
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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It appears the three letters are SAR, for sergeant:

Ancestry of Robert Roy and Related Families - Sgt. Benjamin Stevens

" Sgt. Benjamin Stevens was born on 2 February 1650 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, His birth was recorded as 2 (12) 1650.1 He was the son of Sgt. John Stevens and Katherine unknown.1,2 On 28 October 1673 Benjamin, at age 23, married Hannah Barnard, at age 23, daughter of Thomas Barnard and Eleanor or Helen unknown, in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Thier marriage date was recorded as 28 (8) 1673.1,2 Sgt. Benjamin Stevens died on Tuesday, 13 March 1690/91 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, at age 41 years, 1 month and 11 days."

I don't know about the upside down A. I think it reads after that "in Y".

The winged skull symbolizes ascension into heaven:

Gravestone Symbolism

Puritan gravestones:

The Art of Puritan Headstones in Massachusetts A Travel Broad
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:03 AM
 
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An additional note on symbolism: the finger pointing to heaven in the early 1800s indicated the person had been baptized and was , therefore, going to heaven . Stones in my husband's family have this up to about 1840
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:44 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Thank you so much, especially suzy-q. The three letters--yes, I had thought they were SAR and Sargent would make perfect sense. I was wondering if it could mean SNR because it turns out this is the father of the person and there is a junior. I never knew what the death skull meant so that's new info and thanks for the websites.

Looks like I can't fulfill the original request because there is a list of headstones for the cemetery and the younger Stevens is not on it.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:08 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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I agree, Sar, seems right.

Some of these stones have weeping willows on them because of the survivors' grief.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:08 PM
 
Location: South of Northern California
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You guys rock. I don't say a lot in the genealogy forum, but I love to read through because I'm always learning something new. Thanks for sharing such interesting historic information!
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