09 November 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

This headstone marks the resting place of Jacob L. Workman,
buried in Virgin, Utah. According to the stone, he was born
July  7, 1812 in Overton County, Tennesee and died
July 28, 1878. "From this old oak sprang many branches."
(Photos taken by the author.)

Asmus Jorgensen was a stone carver of some renown in the backwater towns of Utah. He put his partially finished gravestones in a wagon and set off to peddle them along old Highway 89. This stone is found in the small southern Utah town of Virgin. The life-like dove perched on top of the carefully carved stone base delights those who appreciate Utah folk art and that includes me. And I really love the fact that he's my 2nd great-grandpa.

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