Monument for Ira A. (1811-1870) and Esther (1816-1898) Cobb in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. This combination of an anchor tied to a Greek column makes for a unique and interesting monument. Ira was born in Connecticut but came to Onondaga County at an early age. He was a supporter of the antislavery and temperance movements and a member of the Reformed Dutch Church. An anchor in cemetery symbolism is strongly associated with Christianity.
Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.