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John Hamilton Headstone
Placentia & St. Mary's District
Died January 18th 1826
January 18th 1826 Aged ??
hum??? and liberal ??
?ac??? thro? life but
?mons of death he ??? a in?? ?a?
?sinterested and generous piety worth
immitation For he made Jesus ???
heir in the persons of the suffering
of Placentia Bay without distinction of
Creed or Country
May mercy from his GOD be the ?????
fair act so truly christian and praiswort[?]
Local lore claims that, when John Hamilton had died, this gravestone was made for
by a craftsman named Smyth in Waterford, Ireland . The stone was then sent
ballast in a ship owned by a Placentia merchant named Sweetman.
arrived in Placentia there must have been some problem,
of using it
as a grave marker, the stone ended up being
the front doorstep of the merchant's house.
The headstone was documented in 1997, by
Barry Gaulton and Matthew Carter,
an archaeological field survey to assess the buried
at this Placentia site.
It is planned to move it to the O'Reilly House Museum (operated by the PAHS).
The transcription is a combination of Mathew Carter's 1997 notes, and
more recent enhancements of the photos by Craig Peterman.
Note:- The headstone is incomplete and the top portion is now missing.
Photographed and Copyrighted by Barry Gaulton (1997)
Page Last Modified: 05, 2013 (Craig Peterman)
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