Old headstones

April 13, 2016  •  2 Comments

Whilst driving through the Stroudwater area of Portland, this caught my eye:

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The headstone was too hard to read, so I explored some others and found this husband and wife from 1756 and 1796 respectively.

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"Here lyes Buried the Body of Charles Frost Efq Who Departed this Life January 4 AD 1756 in y 46 year of His Age"

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"In memory of Mrs Joanna Froft Relict of the late Charles Froft Efq of Falmouth [the original name for Portland] who died Jan. 7th 1796 Aged 80 years"

These are not the oldest markers in this cemetery. The history here is amazing, not morbid.


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Thanks for giving the meaning of the archaic word. It makes much more sense now. Although it does lose some of the humor from a modern viewpoint.
sage(non-registered)
So...was she thought of as his "relict" for all those years after his death? (I did look up the word and learned that it meant "widow" at one time. But still... ;) ) Something very sad and sweet about that. Not morbid at all. SO interesting!
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