While on the opposite side of the state last weekend, for a family reunion/wedding, my mom, my sister and I made the rounds of some cemeteries near the old the Scottish Settlement area of Columbiana County. While there, I photographed a lot of headstones, most of whom were not relatives, just because they looked so cool. Here are a few from the Yellow Creek Presbyterian kirkyard:
I love the "native of Scotland" legend found on many of these stones. While they lived and died in America, they never forgot their homeland.
The thistle is common on Scottish headstones. "Departed this life" - isn't that a nice phrase? I like the fact that they not only gave his age in years, but also months and days when he died in 1860. Nearly 75 - that's one old dead guy!
The weeping willow was a common symbol of mourning used by many cultures - the Iroquois Indians for one. Also, from Greek mythology, the willow signified Underworld goddesses, most notably Persephone.
What parent would do that to a child? I bet he was always the last to be chosen for the curling team.
Headstones from babies are especially sad. This child was simply referred to as the "infant daughter of Laughlin and Maggie Noble." She was not even given a first name.
This marker was somewhat enigmatic. "Little Annie." No last name, no dates, no "wife or daughter of." Who was she? What was her story? Does anyone remember her? Is someone looking for her? The broken bud symbol indicates someone who died young or prematurely.
Ohio birders might know this guy:
There were lots of Roses at this cemetery, and many of them had the rose symbol on their stones. There were Roses in the old stories from my family's past, too. I wonder if Hugh's people knew my people.
Also found at Yellow Creek - this orange wildflower, which my sister told me was Indian paintbrush. I always believe her, but now I think she let me down. Continuing my search ...