This Week's Gravestone

Little Simpson

Son of N.W. & L.R. BATES DIED Sept. 22, 1866, AE. 6 yrs. 2 mos.
This little flower in early bloom
Snatched from Earth laid in the tomb.
Essex Center Cemetery, Essex VT

The Rose symbol above Little Simpson: In Christian symbolism, the rose became a symbol of either martyrdom or purity. In Victorian-era cemeteries, the rose frequently adorns the graves of women, although not in this case.*

*Taken from Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography written and photographed by Douglas Keister, published by Gibbs Smith, Salt Lake City, 2004.