Figure 1. Smith monument. Forty Fort Cemetery, Forty Fort, PA. Photo: author.

Of course the name Wealtha drew my eye to this stone in the old section of the Forty Fort Cemetery in the shadow of the Forty Fort Meeting House. Just as the meeting house was designed on the olde schoole New England model by Joseph Hitchcock of New Haven, Connecticut, so, too, the name Wealtha seems to me to be of a piece with those olde schoole abstract names like Pleasant, Prosperity, Hope, Industry, and so on. The meeting house is from 1806-08 and so postdates this grave a bit.

Memory of Wealtha Ann
Smith & Amos her Son
who died Sept 27 1804
the one Ag’d 44 the other
in the 12 year of his life.

Aside from the name, this marker for two persons stands out in two ways: it suffers from the common ordination flaw of having the lines start out bold with generous letter spacing and word breaks, while the longer line ends are crabbed; and mother and son died on the same day. Disease? Flood of the Susquehanna?

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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