Oliver N Linnell (1816 - 1892) was born in Orleans. He and Josiah Sparrow II probably learned stone carving from William Sturgis. Linnell opened a stone cutting shop in South Orleans. Many of his marble gravestones can be found in Orleans, Chatham and Harwich. His son Oliver H Linnell (1849 - ?) also carved a few gravestones.
Markers XIX (2002) and Markers XX (2003) published by the Association for Gravestone Studies contain extensive articles by author and gravestone researcher James Blachowicz concerning several 19th century marble gravestone carvers located on Cape Cod. These articles include Oliver Linnell. Many of these 19th century marble gravestone carvers including Linnell were influenced by carver William Sturgis.
The Rich stone below is signed O. E. Linnell Wellfleet. Also follow the link below to carver William Sturgis for photographs of 19th century marble gravestones in the style of Sturgis and the stone carvers he influenced.
|Rubie S Rich (1872) - Truro Pine Grove Cem.|
|William Sturgis - gravestone carver|
|Gravestone Carver list|