Gravestone of David Plummer (d. 1801), First Parish Burial Ground, Gloucester

This stone displays a weeping willow and urn design, popular in the early part of the 19th century. A more romantic image, these graceful curves and lines invoke a softer, less stark design than the earlier skulls.

Other gravestones of Essex County:
Gravestone of Sarah Wood (d. 1775), Boxford
Gravestone of Joseph Piermont (d. 1794), Peabody

To the Memory
One of the first and most distinguished
Members of the Universal Church
established at Gloucester.
Who departed this Life July 15th 1801
Aged 63 Years

Free from the scene of troubles here below.
By Heavens decree and ordain’d for man to know.
Here sleeps in peace tent friend of Humankind.
Whose bright benevolence was [?].
In him the Child, the best of Fathers know.
In him the Wife, an Husband kind & true.
In him, each Virtue [?] alike [?].
Till Heaven recall’d him to a Home of rest.


Photographed by Rebecca Zimmerman.