Josiah Sparrow II (1817 - 1847) was born in Orleans. Sparrow and Oliver Linnell probably were taught by William Sturgis. Sparrow opened a stone cutting shop in East Orleans. His marble gravestones can be found mainly on the Outer Cape from Orleans to Provincetown. Sparrow's gravestone in Orleans Cemetery was carved by Oliver Linnell.
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 Josiah Sparrow II. Many of these 19th century marble gravestone carvers including Sparrow were influenced by carver William Sturgis.
According to Blachowicz, probate records indicate Sparrow carved the Atwood gravestone shown below. Also follow the link below to carver William Sturgis for more marble gravestones in this style.
|Joshua P Atwood (1843) - Eastham Evergreen Cem.|