Gravestone of Sarah Burr
This is the headstone of Sarah Burr, who died in 1723 at the age of 16. Her father Peter Burr died a year after her, and his headstone is nearly identical, standing in the Old Burying Ground near the Museum’s driveway. Symbols used in headstones like Sarah’s had specific meanings: the skull meant death triumphant, while the side panels symbolized the continuation of life. The style of this headstone matches that of well-known carver Nathaniel Emmes (1690 - 1750), the most popular gravestone maker in Boston during the first half of the 18th century. Stonecutters often trained as cabinet makers, potters, or shipbuilders – using the same designs in different materials. Emmes learned the trade from his neighbor William Mumford, and in turn, taught his sons Henry and Josua.
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