Posts Tagged ‘18th Century Gravestones’

hr-0967-453-664--0967453664003_20151211024542651Although Skulls and Crossbones, Deathheads, and Winged Skulls Were Quite Common on Early 18th Century Gravestones in America, Ones Depicting Full Skeletons, Like This One Found at the Old Spencer Cemetery, Were Much More Unusual (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on December 11, 2015)

Old spencer cemetery cherub tombstone
An Example of One of the Many 18th Century Gravestones With a “Cherub’s Head” or “Winged Soul” Motif to Be Found in the Old Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on November 21, 2014)


A “Winged Skull” Motif Found on an 18th Century Gravestone at Burial Hill in Plymouth, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on  July 23, 2017)


A Rare Example Found at Burial Hill in Plymouth of Multiple “Winged Soul Effigies” on a Single Gravestone – Each Representing One of the Three Young Daughters Lost by John and Mary Goddard in the 1760s… (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on December 5, 2015)

Wigged Soul Effigy Woodstock (2)
An Example of a Wigged and Winged Soul Effigy Found on an Early 18th Century Gravestone at Woodstock Hill Burial Ground in Woodstock, CT (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on March 20,  2017)

Skull gravestone Central Burying Ground A
This Stylized Skull, Found on a Late 18th Century Gravestone at the Central Burying Ground Located on Boston Common on Boylston Street, Seems to Resemble an Early 2Oth Century Cartoon Light Bulb With a Sad Face (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on August 27, 2015)

Woodstock Burial Ground Cherub Tombstone C
Yet Another Example of an 18th Century Gravestone With the Extremely Popular “Winged Soul” Motif, This One Found at the Woodstock Hill Burial Ground in Woodstock, Connecticut (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on February 13,  2015)

Winged Skull tombstone Granary Burial Ground 4B
Another Example of the “Winged Skull” Motif (Thought to Symbolize Both Physical Mortality and the Soul Ascending to Heaven) Found on a Gravestone From the Early 1700’s at the Old Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on November 12,  2015)

Dove Tombstone
Doves, Symbolizing Peace and Purity, Began to Appear as a Common Gravetone Motif in the 19th Century, and Are Usually Found on the Tombstones of Women Who Died Young, Such as This One at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Southbridge, Massachusetts (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on January 7, 2015)


A Wingless Soul Effigy on a Gravestone From the Late Eighteenth Century Found at Brookfield Cemetery in Brookfield, MA