Featured Gravestone – Marron Newland

Section:  First Presbyterian

Material:  Brown sandstone

Misc.:  Very large headstone with heavy patches of lichen obscuring parts of the text and carved decorations.  Some heavy chipping along upper part of stone. Visible parts of finely carved  inscription are not badly eroded.  Features a soul effigy with deeply cut wings flanked by floral emblems.   There is an inscription above the soul effigy, but only parts of  it  – the uncertain or the uncertainty – is legible between the lichen patches.

Inscription:  In Memory of Marron Newland, Daughter of Joseph and Isabel Newland, who departed this life May 5, 1791, aged 2 years, 1 month, and 8 days.

Murran’s father is identified in historic church records as a merchant, evidently a prosperous one as he was able to afford a very generously sized and finely carved headstone for his small daughter.  Murran’s mother was a a native of Scotland whose maiden name was Minnoch.

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