Scott Co, Iowa USGenWeb Project

Tombstone Photos

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Tombstones from Rock Island National Cemetery

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Tombstones from Pine Hill Cemetery

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Tombstones from City Cemetery

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Tombstones from Fairmount Cemetery

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Tombstones from Davenport Memorial Park

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Tombstones from Mt. Joy Cemetery

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Tombstones from Mt Calvary Cemetery
Earlier known as St. Marguerite's Cemetery

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Tombstones from Fairview Cemetery

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Tombstones from Oakdale Cemetery

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Tombstones from Allen's Grove Cemetery

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Tombstones from Dixon Cemetery

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Tombstones from McCausland Cemetery

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Tombstones from Rosehill Cemetery

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Tombstones from Blue Grass Cemetery

Tombstones from New Liberty Cemetery

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Tombstones from Pioneer Cemetery

Tombstones from Jacks Cemetery

Tombstones from Glendale Cemetery


Some Tombstone Meanings

The term +ACI-Relict+ACI- on a tombstone means that the woman was a widow at
time of death, consort means that her husband survived her.

+ACI-Cenotaph+ACI- engraved on a tombstone indicates an empty grave, with the
stone erected in honor or memory of a person buried elsewhere - often
erected n honor of a person lost at sea.

Meanings of Carvings:

Arches - Victory in Death
Arrows - Mortality
Bouquets/Flowers - Condolences, grief, sorrow
Buds/Rosebud - Morning of Life or Renewal of Life
Roses - Brevity of earthly existence
Portals - Passageway to eternal journey
Bugles - Resurrection and the Military
Crossed Swords - High-ranking military person
Flying Birds - Flight of the Soul
Fruits - Eternal plenty
Garlands - Victory in death
Imps - Mortality
Shells - Pilgrimage of Life
Thistles - Remembrance
Tombs - Mortality
Trees - Life
Trumpeters - Heralds of the Resurrection
Willows - Earthly Sorrow
Morning Glory - Beginning of Life
Butterfly - Short-lived+ADs-Early Death
Full-Blown Rose - Prime of Life
Palm Branch - Signifies Victory and rejoicing
Ivy - Friendship and Immortality
Laurel - Fame or victory
Oak Leaves + ACY - Acorn - Maturity, Ripe Old Age
Weeping Willow - Emblem of Sorrow
Corn - Ripe Old Age
Sheaf of Wheat - Ripe for Harvest, Divine Harvest, Time
Poppy - Sleep
Lamb - Innocence
Dove - Innocence, Gentleness, Affection, Purity
Cherub - Angelic
Cross - Emblem of Faith
Anchor/Ships - Hope or Seafaring profession
Broken Ring - Family Circle Severed
Broken Column - Loss of Head of Family
Torch Inverted - Life Extinct
Urn with Blaze - Undying Friendship
Harp - Praise to the Maker
Handshakes - Farewell
Hearts - Soul in Bliss or Love of Christ
Horns - The Resurrection
Hourglass - Swiftness of Time
Open Book/Bible - Deceased Teacher, Minister, etc.
Lily or lily of Valley - Emblem of Innocence and Purity
Tree Stump w/Ivy - head of family +ADs - Immortality
Urn with/Wreath or crepe - Mourning
Stars + ACY - Stripes Around Eagle - Eternal Vigilance, Liberty
Hourglass w/Wings of Time - Time Flying +Ads - Short Life
Candle being Snuffed - Time, mortality
Hand of God Chopping - Sudden Death
Winged Effigies - Flight of the Soul

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Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiselled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh and blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor...the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you.

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