Sarah Crosby 1760

headstone headstone tympanum mark

Here lies ye Body of
wife of Mr. ABIAL
CROSBY who Died
Oct'r. 17th 1760
in ye 40th Year
of her Age.

This gravestone was present in a 1960 survey of Orleans Cemetery. In 2008 the Orleans Historical Society was contacted by the Metropolitan Art Gallery in Rochester, N. Y. who came into possession of the stone. The stone was returned to Orleans in July 2008. It became a front page story in the Cape Codder newspaper. The stone will be reset in its original position which is now occupied by a large bush.

The photos of the returned stone were supplied by Tamsen Cornell, Museum Director, Orleans Historical Society. Note the "A" mark in the bottom right photo. The mark is below ground level. It may be the mark of the unknown carver.

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