Sunday, September 8, 2013

Zinc Monument Honoring the Memory of the Joseph Henderson Family

At the Perkins Cemetery in Erie County, Ohio is a beautiful zinc monument which honors the memory of the Henderson family. Hewson Peeke wrote in his book A STANDARD HISTORY OF ERIE COUNTY, OHIO, that Joseph Henderson was a pioneer settler of Perkins Township, having moved his family from Connecticut in 1835. He was a lifelong farmer. The monument was created by the Monumental Bronze Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

On the side of the monument which faces east is the name of Joseph Henderson, who died on January 18, 1863.

Above Joseph's name is a panel that does not have a name, just the words Grandmother, Died August 22, 1847, Aged 78 Years.

Mary M. Henderson, Joseph's wife, died on October 18, 1867 at the age of 72 years, 1 month, and 17 days.

William C. Henderson, the son of Joseph and Mary Henderson, died on July 19, 1848 at the age of 21 years, 6 months, and 28 days.

Another son of Joseph and Mary, George C. Henderson, died on February 7, 1860, at the age of 26 years, 2 months, and 20 days.

Though the monument was created in the late 1800s, all the inscriptions are still legible, and the ornamental details on the panels are exquisite.

To read more about zinc monuments made by the Monumental Bronze Company, see these links.

*Catalog from the Monumental Bronze Company, from the Association for Graveyard Studies

*Information on Monumental Bronze Company from Pennsylvania USGenWebArchives

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