Gravestone of Joseph Pierpont (d. 1794), Old South Cemetery, Peabody

This grave stome displays a winged cherub atop an elaborately carved memorial. As views of death changed and people accepted the idea of souls ascending into heaven, carvings depicting angels became more common. This is one of many found in a graveyard on the border between Salem and Peabody.

Other gravestones of Essex County:

Gravestone of David Plummer (d. 1801), Gloucester

Gravestone of Sarah Wood (d. 1775), Boxford

Sacred
to the Memory
of
MR. JOSEPH PIERPONT:
a Man
of strict Integrity
extensive Charity
and
unaffected Piety
died
Septr 23rd 1794
aged 88 Years
Blessed are the Dead who
die in the Lord.

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Photographed by Rebecca Zimmerman.