Martha Sturgis 1774

headstone tympanum

Here lies interred ye Body of Mrs
Martha Sturgis Relict of Mr
Thomas Sturgis & Daughter
To Mr Jonathan Russell who
Departed this Life June
17th 1774 in ye 78th year
of her age

The sweet Remembrance of the Just
Shall Flourish when they Sleep in dust

A dramatic wingless skull in profile with a nicely indented tympanum. The skull has an abstract look with a triangular slash for a nose just below a deep round eye socket. The jagged saw tooth mark representing teeth is unique. One of the two crossed bones has almost eroded away. See Thomas Sturgis (1763) - Barnstable Lothrop Hill for another wingless skull in profile.

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