Wilson County, North Carolina: Funerary iconography (Jan. 2020)
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Wilson County, North Carolina: Funerary iconography (Jan. 2020)

About This Project

Detail from the gravestone of Mrs. Della Hines Barnes, wife of David “Dave” Barnes, Rountree-Vick/Odd Fellows Cemetery, Wilson, North Carolina. Born in 1858, in neighboring Edgecombe County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Joshua and Pattie Hines.1 Her gravestone features the figure of an angel, pointing up, bearing a palm frond. Angels (seraphim) are symbols of divine intervention, or guardianship, while figures pointing upwards symbolize that the soul has risen to heaven. Palm fronds on gravestones are symbolic of resurrection.♥

  1. “North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975” database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 February 2020), certificate image, Della Barnes, 10 January 1935, no. 408, citing, “North Carolina State Archives; Raleigh, North Carolina; North Carolina Death Certificates.”
Cemeteries, Family History, North Carolina, Photography
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