Featured Gravestone – Rudolph Ziegenhorn

Section:  First Universalist Church

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  This simple stone is partially embedded in the earth along its edges, but in otherwise very good condition and completely legible.

Inscription:  Rudolph Ziegenhorn Born in Germany 1821 Died at Albany April 3rd, 1855.  “After life’s fitful fever, He sleeps well.”

There is very little information on this young man beyond what is carved on his gravestone.  The Common Council’s inventory of graves from the State Street Burial Ground lists him, but slightly misspells his name as Zeigenhorn and lists his date of death as April 15.  The stone is noteworthy in its use of the quote from Shakespear’s Macbeth instead of the more typical religious epitaphs or verses admonishing the living to be mindful of their own mortality.

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