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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

She Died a Virgin in Woburn, Massachusetts -- Tombstone Tuesday

Here lyes the Remains of
Mrs. ELIZABETH COTTON
Daughter of the Rev.
ROLAND COTTON late
of Sandwich Decd. Who Died
a VIRGIN October 12, 1742
Aetatis 46.
"If a Virgin Marry She hath not Sinned Nevertheless Such shall have trouble in the Flesh, but He that giveth her not in Marriage doth better, She is happier if She so abide"

The size and angle of this stone is what enticed me to walk up the hill to read it. However, the 2007 FindAGrave photo is totally in a different position. It looks like the stone was raised.

FOLLOW UP: On November 21, 2015, I was  in this cemetery again, and could see that the above tombstone was no longer upright. Upon investigating, I saw that it was now flat, and face down on the ground! I'm sharing my new photo below.

First Burial Ground
Woburn, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts

3 comments:

My Blog said...

Very, very intriguing

AncestryInk© said...

Wonderful, amusing and...confusing! She is "Mrs." Eliz. Cotton, dau. of Rev. Cotton. So, did she keep her maiden name after marriage? And, if married, was it never consummated? Exactly: how intriguing. Definitely something we would not see on a modern-day gravestone!

Barbara Poole said...

My Blog and AncestryInk, I have to tell you that I returned to the cemetery today. And, the stone fell down!! However, it is now face down, which means, somebody must have pushed it forward, because I doubt if it was done naturally. I'm attaching a picture to the above original post. Thanks for your comments.