Gravestone of Sarah Wood (d. 1775), Harmony Cemetery, Boxford

This photo of the grave marker of Sarah Wood shows an example of a “death’s head” or “winged skull” that was a popular image used on markers from the 1700s.

“The death’s head was a more earthly and neutral symbol, serving as a graphic reminder of death and resurrection.” (James Deetz, In Small Things Forgotten, 1977)

Other gravestones of Essex County:
Gravestone of Sarah Wood (d. 1775), Boxford
Gravestone of David Plummer (d. 1801), Gloucester

In Memory of
Mrs. Sarah
The Wife of
Mr. Jonathan
Wood Who died
Septr the 11th 1775


Photographed by Rebecca Zimmerman.