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Burying Grounds, Cemeteries, Gravestones & History of Marblehead, Massachusetts
Cemeteries & History of Marblehead, Massachusetts
Marblehead was first settled as a plantation of Salem in 1629 by John Peach Sr., then set off and incorporated in 1639.
Old Burial Hill, est. 1638
Some amazing carvings here, including the famous Susanna Jayne stone, d. 1776. It was carved by Henry Christian Geyer. The hourglass stands for the passing of time, the cross-bones represent mortality. The serpent in a circle with its tail in its mouth is a symbol of eternity and immortality. The skeletal figure has a crown of laurel on his head, denoting victory, and holds in each hand the earth and the sun representing the new heaven and the new earth. Beneath him are two bats signifying the evils of the world which by Death has been conquered, while above there are two happy, winged cherubs as all is better in Heaven.