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Expat wanderer

Seen on Tombstones

In my mailbox this morning:

A truly Happy Person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. And, one who can enjoy browsing old cemeteries… Some fascinating things on old tombstones!

Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York:
Born 1903–Died 1942.
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down.
It was.

In a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery:
Here lies an Atheist, all dressed up and no place to go.

On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102.
Only The Good Die Young.

In a London, England cemetery:
Here lies Ann Mann, Who lived an old maid but died an old Mann.
Dec. 8, 1767

In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:
Anna Wallace
The children of Israel wanted bread, And the Lord sent them manna.
Clark Wallace wanted a wife, And the Devil sent him Anna.

In a Ruidoso, New Mexico, cemetery:
Here lies Johnny Yeast… Pardon me for not rising.

A lawyer’s epitaph in England:
Sir John Strange.
Here lies an honest lawyer, and that is Strange.

In a cemetery in Hartscombe, England:
On the 22nd of June, Jonathan Fiddle went out of tune.

On a grave from the 1880s in Nantucket, Massachusetts:
Under the sod and under the trees,
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there’s only the pod.
Pease shelled out and went to God.

In a cemetery in England:
Remember man, as you walk by,
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so shall you be.
Remember this and follow me.

To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone:
To follow you I’ll not consent …
Until I know which way you went.

October 13, 2007 - Posted by | Events, Family Issues, Humor, Local Lore


  1. 🙂 funny ones! The “am not rising” one’s funny

    Comment by chikapappi | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. Are those real? 😮

    Comment by 3baid | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. LMAO ! nice ones , i liked the Anna Wallace one …

    Comment by 'GreY' | October 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. Chikki – Glad you liked them!

    3baid – They are ALL real! People do odd things on tombstones.

    GreY – that was my favorite one, too! I guess if you are in an unhappy marriage, you want to be the last one standing so YOU get to choose what goes on the tombstone!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  5. hehehe i’ll have to get something like that on my tombstone 😛

    Comment by sknkwrkz | October 14, 2007 | Reply

  6. Skunk, the one for your tombstone is right up there at the very beginning:

    A truly Happy Person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

    If you leave Kuwait, it will be Kuwait’s loss.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 14, 2007 | Reply

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