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Monday, April 1, 2013

No Autofill on Gravestone Etchings

In honor of April Fool's Day, it seemed like a good time to post what was surely not a prank, but a mistake.  Unfortunately,  it was a mistake "carved in stone." 

In Falmouth's Old Burying Ground, there are many a Dimmick, or "Dimmuck."  The Dimmick family was clearly one of the very early settlers of Falmouth and belonged to the Congregational Church.

The Congregational Church records of 1765 mention the Widow "Zeruiah Dimmuck" propounded for Full Communion.

The Widow Zeruiah Dimmuck

Widow Dimmuck lived to the ripe old age of 93 and passed away in March, 1834.  And yet such an aged town citizen goes to her rest marked by an error in spelling!  Woe be to the engraver who slipped up with the chisel.  And if the church records are correct,  - he twice erred by inserting a "v" where a "u" should have been? Even if accounting for 1800's penmanship, clearly a mistake had been made.

How to correct what is written in stone?

Happy April Fool's Day, all.  Watch out for the Pranksters!

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