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John Hamilton Headstone
Placentia & St. Mary's District

John Hamilton
John Hamilton John Hamilton

Died January 18th 1826
Aged ??

Here lieth
January 18th 1826 Aged ??
hum??? and liberal ??
?ac??? thro? life but
?mons of death he ??? a in?? ?a?
?sinterested and generous piety worth
?d of 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[?]
Smyth                                     Waterford

Local lore claims that, when John Hamilton had died, this gravestone was made for
him by a craftsman named Smyth in Waterford, Ireland . The stone was then sent
over as ballast in a ship owned by a Placentia merchant named Sweetman.
When the stone arrived in Placentia there must have been some problem,
for instead of using it as a grave marker, the stone ended up being
used as the front doorstep of the merchant's house.

The headstone was documented in 1997, by Barry Gaulton and Matthew Carter,
during an archaeological field survey to assess the buried
cultural resources 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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