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From: "Thomas Rhodes" <>
Subject: [WOODHAM] Fw: [SCMARION-L] dating Tombstones
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 14:14:08 -0500
> Subject: [SCMARION-L] dating Tombstones
> Date: Saturday, January 15, 2000 4:00 PM
> I got the following from another list. Hope this info is helpful.
> Dating Tombstones
> One way to help find the era your ancestor was buried is to examine the
> material from which the tombstone is made. If your ancestor has a
> made of slate or common fieldstone (except wood used by pioneers),
> chances are the stone dates from 1796-1830.
> * If the stone is flat-topped hard marble, dates are about 1830-1849.
> * If the "mystery" stone is round or pointed soft marble with cursive
> inscriptions, look for a date of 1845-1868.
> * Masonic four-sided stones began in 1850 and are still in use today.
> * Pylons, columns and all exotic-style monuments are usually dated
> * Zinc monuments date from 1870-1900.
> * Granite, now common, came into use about 1900.
> * If the writing is too faded to read, use a 75 watt black light bulb
> in any lamp that casts light directly on the written message. The
> writing will miraculously appear.
> Interesting link regarding gravestones!
> Gravestone Rubbings Dos and Don'ts from the Association for Gravestone
> http://www.gravestonestudies.org/faq.htm#Some >>
> Peggy Price
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