Image courtesy David Donahue. See more at his Perry County, Tennessee Cemeteries
under Powell Branch,
Coffin Shaped Monuments
These two (perhaps concrete) monuments (pictured above) take the shape of standard coffins. They would date approximately to the mid-1800s.
The monuments (pictured below) appear to be made of stone slabs.
Note the similarity to the ancient
sarcophagus, which was a coffin made of limestone. The Greek
word sarkophagos means literally, flesh-eating stone. The sarcophagus contains the body of the deceased, while a monument built above an in earth
interment (grave) perhaps should not be referred to as a sarcophagus. The sarcophagus came in different forms from coffin
shaped to box shaped. The term sarcophagus has been applied to coffins built of other materials, such as wood; but the
original meaning of the word flesh-eating stone would certainly not apply to wood.
Stockton Cemetery, Missouri
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Coffin Shaped Monuments, Old Baptist Graveyard, Pelham, Grundy County Tennessee (View
I), (View II).
John Wilkinson, 1769-1830; Eleanor Wilkinson, 1785-1848; John Andrew Wilkinson, 1838-1848. Coffin-shaped
ledger stones have tabs on the ends to maintain alignment with head and footstones (most, however,
are broken off).
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