Dorcas Shaw 1797

headstone tympanum

The remains of
Mrs Dorcas Shaw
the amiable & virtuous consort
of the Rev'd Philander Shaw
of this Town who in the joyful hope
of rising to a glorious immortality
died of a languishment July 17 1797
in the 19th year of her age

- smitten friends
Are Angels sent on errands full of love
For us they languish & for us they die
And shall they languish - shall they die in vain.

Dorcas Shaw

This is the most ornate gravestone in Bridge Road Cemetery. Dorcas Shaw was the first wife of Rev. Philander Shaw. See Philander Shaw (d 1800), son of Rev. Shaw and his second wife Lucy, for a similar carved image. The gravestone for Dorcas Shaw was carved by Bildad Washburn of Kingston according to gravestone researcher James Blachowicz.

LOCATION - No. SE 11 on EHS survey map

MATERIAL - slate

HEADSTONE - 24" W, 39" H, 1" D

FOOTSTONE - 12" W, 20" H, 1" D

COMMENTS - Headstone and footstone cleaned and reset in 2000. Headstone and footstone cleaned September 2004. Headstone cleaned October 2008. Footstone cleaned July 2009.

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