Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Key West Cemetery

Luckily, since we have no new Berry DNA to write about, I do have a backlog of gravestone photos to get online to keep me off the streets!    Again, still-to-be-indexed but OK for viewing.

See it here.

Some of the monuments shown include:

"General" Abe Sawyer (1862-1939) - Key West's famous 40-inch tall midget who requested burial in the grave of a full-size man.

Thomas Romer (1783-1891) - an African-Bahamian who served in the War of 1812 as a privateer.    His gravestone attests to his 108-year life and his standing as a "good citizen" for 65 years!

Elizabeth Johnson (c. 1897) - A fine example of the Everlast Company's cast metal markers, made principally of zinc and marketed as "white bronze," that enjoyed brief popularity late in the Victorian period.

Richard T. Barry (1874-1919) -
Florie Mayfield Carey (1908-1920) -
John W. Allen (1857-1918) &
Cornelia M. Allen (1863-1929) -
Joseph Key (1853-1916) -
Frank C. Cale (1872-1947) -
Henry W. Carey (1877-1933) - These gravestones in the form of a tree bear the insignia of the Woodmen of the World, a fraternal order that provided death benefits to members and their families, including life insurance and a choice of monuments.

"Sloppy" Joe Russell (1889-1941) - Key West's best known barkeep and fishing guide to Ernest Hemingway in the 1930s.

B.P. "Pearl" Roberts (1929-1979) - Local hypochondriac who had the last word with her marker:    "I Told you I was Sick."    The only other gravestone with that epitaph that I've come across is in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham, Oregon.

Gloria Russell (1926-2000) - Says "I'm just resting my eyes."

P. [Piedad] L.F. de Ayala (1859-1891) - Her grandfather wrote the Cuban national anthem.


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