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Pray For The Dead

A beautiful sculpture of the Virgin Mary in St. Mary’s Cemetery on James Street, south of Clayton, New York in Jefferson County. The monument commemorates the Lanther family. Notice the serpent being crushed under Mary’s foot.

Clayton is a quaint town along the St. Lawrence River with an antique boat museum and a few shops along the river. If you visit, don’t miss 1000 Islands River Rat Cheese farther up James Street, downtown.

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No Greater Sorrow

Memorial for D. K. Bennett in Green Mount Cemetery at 250 State Street (U.S. Route 2) in the City of Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, on bluffs along the north bank of the Winooski River. The memorial depicts a veiled woman draping a garland of flowers over a wooden cross. Surprisingly little is known about this beautiful statue, not even the interred’s birth and death dates. A Daniel K. Bennett (1824-1875) is buried elsewhere in the cemetery. Perhaps this was meant for his wife?

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Keywords: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, Washington County, Vermont, limestone sculpture, female statue, garland, cross, veil, D. K. Bennett

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Burning With Regret

Monument to John D. Parsons, Jr. (1847-1904) and his wife, Agnes Evans Chase (1847-1935), in Albany Rural Cemetery, on Cemetery Avenue off NY State Route 32, in Menands, Albany County, New York. This majestic sculpture was designed by Oscar Lenz. John D. Parsons, Jr. was a law book publisher, president of the National Exchange Bank and Albany Trust Company, and a Freemason.

Designed by Major David Bates Douglass and established in 1841, Albany Rural is a 467-acre National Historic Landmark and the final resting place for over 135,000 people.

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A Dirge of Sorrow

Statue for little Gilbert Armbruster (unk-1914) in Woodlawn Cemetery, 800 Grant Boulevard, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. I was unable to determine who Gilbert’s parents were or how old he was when he died, but he must have been very special to someone. Woodlawn Cemetery was established in 1881 and serves as a quiet, well-maintained resting place for over 30,000 departed residents.

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