Epitaphs that tell a story

Five family members lost their lives in a fire when gasoline the father was pouring into another container was too close to open flame. The Cochran family members are laid to rest in the Mica Baptist Church in Cherokee County, Georgia.

The Victorians used symbolism to discuss death. From heavenly hands reaching down to earth to wilted flowers, the use of words was rarely utilized to discuss the tragedy of death. Sometimes seen prior to 1900, there was a slight change in the 1900s where the manner of death was permanently shared as part of an epitaph. While not a frequent find, I admit these epitaphs always leaving me wanting to know more.

Brothers Charles and Walter McGuire drowned when their boat capsized in Thunderbolt. While it is hard to see, their names are at the top of the monument. They are laid to rest with their parents in Catholic Cemetery in Savannah.
Millard Chalker, a Gibson, Georgia business owner, was ambushed by a bandit. He was killed for the money in his pocket. He is laid to rest in Gibson City Cemetery in Glascock County, Georgia.
I was unable to find a newspaper article about Samuel’s death, but the epitaph let’s us know he drowned during the summer. His marker can be found in the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Georgia.

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