Monday, March 28, 2011

A Good Man Has Gone

This is the only stone I have found with the heart in hand symbol. I think its pretty neat looking.
Located at Ruddick Cemetery in Garfield, AR.
There are two symbols here.
The 3 Chain links with F L T inside is the symbol for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The heart in the hand symbolizes a few things. It is the symbol of charity, given from the heart. It has been used by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Shakers, and is often associated with the Amish community. I have also seen it mentioned that the Masons used this symbol, but I haven't found any documentation of it anywhere.

A Good Man Has Gone
Aaron L.
June 7, 1893
Age 66 years

The stone carvers name is at the bottom right corner of the stone.
L. Kelly
Brightwater, Ark.

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