This Week's Gravestone

William and Matilda Sharon

Wm. E SHARON 1855-1922

MATILDA F. LEAVITT HIS WIFE 1822

Maple Grove Cemetery, East Wallingford VT

William was 27 years Matilda's senior when they wed in 1902 in Keene, New Hampshire, accoding to the grave stone. According to the Keene marriage records, she was only 15 years younger. He was residing in Keene as a farmer and she was residing in Saco, Maine. He was born in North Troy, Vermont and this was his second marriage. It would appear that she may have gone on to a second marriage.
The gravestone exhibits 'rock' symbolism. In Christian lore, rocks are a powerful symbol of the Lord. The Old Testament is replete with references to water coming from rocks and comparing God to a rock. One of the many comparisons of a rock to God is in Psalm 18:2 - "The LORD is my rock..." In almost all cultures, rocks represent permanence, stability, reliability, and strength. But they can also represent emotional coldness.*


*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.