‘Peaceful be thy silent slumber’
The old, new and the modern on display in Hudson County tombstones
by Vanessa Cruz
Reporter Staff Writer
Oct 28, 2012 | 2523 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AGED BEAUTY – One of the oldest tombstones in the county is located at Harsimus Cemetery in Jersey City. Mary Rood was born in West Lambrook, Somersetshire, England in 1790. She came to the New World, then died in North Bergen in 1847. “Beloved in life, lamented in death,” reads the stone. “The spoiler has come with his cold withering breath, and the loved and cherished lies silent in death.”
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A great deal of Hudson County history is on display in the countless tombstones that mark the final resting places of earlier generations. North Bergen’s Mac Phelah Cemtery and Flower Hill Cemetery have long been the final destination for Hudson County residents. Jersey City’s Harsimus Cemetery and Holy Name Cemetery have also become part of history in remembrance of those who have passed on.

The stone markers, some of them approaching works of the sculptor’s art, are memorials for those who, as some tombstones say, are “Loved, missed and remembered” and placed with a simple wish: “Peaceful be thy silent slumber.”

The once bare and bland tombstones on the earliest years of American history are no more. They have been replaced with beautifully carved markers set in green landscapes. Where cherubs once were the norm, now life-like statues, chess-like pieces and tombstones that appear to be graves are the new ways of remembering loved ones.

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