Featured Gravestone – Aletia Cunningham



Section:  Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Stone has a simple, deep incised border.  Some obvious breakage at the lower portion which affects the epitaph.  Typical darkening of the stone.

Inscription:  Sacred to the memory of Aletia Cunningham consort of Andrew Cunningham who died Sept. 7th, 1818 age 49 year 1 month and 7 days.  Hers was the female heart the manly mind Where wisdom wit & genius join’d were sanctified By Piety By Faith Beneficence & Charity.  From Youth to age the path of peace she trod and now in peace eternal rests. 

Census records show an Andrew Cunningham residing in Watervliet as of 1810.  As noted above, breakage is affecting the otherwise very legible inscription, but the text was transcribed on the burial card on file in the Cemetery office.  The majority of breakage appears to have occurred before the transcription was made as several letters are indicating only by dashes on the card and these correspond to the broken portions.


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  1. Chris Philippo

    I wonder when the terms “consort” and “relict” fell out of favor? Have a look at the chart of “ye Oldest Stones in ye Old Milford Cemetery” at http://www.oddthingsiveseen.com/2013/09/the-diseased-ancient-and-opulent.html – something like that for the Church Grounds would be great.

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