I've been meaning to tell you about a book I purchased at the FGS conference in Knoxville in August. Books on tombstone art have a special place in my office and I refer to them often. This new book is excellent. The title is Stories in Stone - A Field Guild to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, written and photographed by Douglas Keister. The publisher is Gibbs, Smith of Salt Lake City, 2004 and is available at Amazon.com. The price is very reasonable.
The book is divided into chapters covering a number of subjects, including Secret Societies, Clubs and Fraternal Organizations and Mortality Symbols. Did you know a vacant chair, usually depicted with a small pair of shoes, one usually on its side, symbolizes the death of a child? Or that a broken wheel symbolizes a journey now ended? This is a very nice book and is small enough to slip into a bag to carry with you while visiting cemeteries.
It is always a pleasure to see good researchers compile their work and share with others. Terry Reigel has done just that with his website on the Cobb family, who were instrumental in settling the area now known as Lyon County, Kentucky. You can visit his website Here The Trek from Vermont to the Kentucky Wilderness can be found Here Plan to spend some time on this website as there is a lot of information - fully documented, too.
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by Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG
Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog