I was just saying (wasn't I, Fred?) that I would like to find an old cemetery to photograph. I was imagining weather-worn gravestones with delightfully old-fashioned names, and cryptic hints to the stories of the people buried long ago. Then I found this handy-dandy new brochure
I quick search on Google yielded this article about efforts to clean up the cemetery by members of the US Coast Guard ("Coasties"!) stationed in Cape May and some local Boy Scouts. I was intrigued about this mysterious place and set off with my camera this morning to check it out.
There were Vances (that's an old Cape May name) and lots of Trustys (I never heard that name around here), ministers from the Union Bethel Church and their wives, young people and old people, broken stones and replacement stones for some of the veterans. I brought little flags to leave by the stones I photographed, but the veterans already had much nicer ones.
|Rev. Simon Taylor (1801-1882)|
|Priscilla was the beloved wife of Rev. Taylor and she died in 1875. Dig that cool font!|
|Rev. Edward C. Turner (1818-1905)|
|Here's Keziah Turner, Rev. Turner's wife (1825-1896)|
|Isaac H. Turner (1833-1932) was probably related to the Reverend above, but how? (Mr. Turner was presented with a modern replacement marker.)|
I happened upon some beguiling old-fashioned names:
|Araminta Green (1861-1897)|
|Job Humphries (1882-1955)|
|All we know about Sina Boze is that she was someone's daughter and she died in 1878. (And the spiders like her stone.)|
Here's something I haven't seen before. I thought they were baby headstones, but no, they seem to be foot-stones. They were placed about a person's length from the back, or blank side of the bigger headstones, and some had the initials of the deceased. Some were blank.
|I'm no expert on cemeteries, but I've never seen foot-stones before.|
|Rhuma Squirel ( 1789-1871)|