Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Zad Crol - Chatham Grave Stone

Zad Crol
Originally uploaded by Chris Seufert.
This is one of the earlier gravestones in the oldest cemetery in Chatham, MA. It has a very large population of smallpox victims. Most of the town then were relatively poor famers (rather than fishermen) and it was common in the 17th and 18th century to use unmarked field stones and even wooden posts, which are now gone. The lack of a date probably puts it into this early period. This probably dates to the mid to late 1700's and is a poor spelling of the common local name "Crowell."

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