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Table for One: 1939

Table for One: 1939

Circa 1939. "Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. Stone monuments and brick vaults in Colonial Park, formerly South Broad Street Cemetery." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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To the memory of
Asiel H. Mordecai
Who died 13 Feby 1842
Aged 22 years, 6 months
& 11 days

Stranger, if by chance
or feeling led,
Upon this hallowed earth
thy footsteps tread,
Turn from the contem
plation of the sod,
And think on him whose
spirit rests with God.

(That poem can be found on a number of 19th century tombstones, particularly in New England. The usual wording is "contemplation of this sod".)

Tombstone inscription

As best as I could figure, it says by line:
To the memory of
Who died 18 July(?)-1812
Aged 22 years 6 months
11 days
(unknown word) if by chance
or fading bed(?)
Upon this hallowed saint
thy footsteps tread.
Turn from the condem
nation of the soul(?)
But think of him whose
spirit rests with God

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