This Week's Gravestone

Henry and Esther Mitchell

Henry H. Mitchell Died May 28, 1878 in the 62nd year of his age.

Esther B. Keeler wife of Henry H. Mitchell Died Sept. 8, 1894 in the 81st year of her age.

Village Cemetery, Essex VT

Henry and Esther were born when James Madison was President and the War of 1812 was ending. Henry's stone carries the classic Mason symbol. Esther's stone carries the Cross with Crown symbol. The cross with a crown is a Christian symbol of the sovereignty of the Lord. When the crown is combined with a cross, the crown means victory and the cross means Christianity. The cross with a crown also denotes a member of the York Rite Masons. As with all types of crowns used by the Masons, it symbolizes the power and authority to lead or command.*

*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.