By Daniel W. Patterson
One thousand specific gravestones cluster round previous Presbyterian church buildings within the piedmont of the 2 Carolinas and in critical Pennsylvania. so much are the weak legacy of 3 generations of the Bigham kinfolk, Scotch Irish stonecutters whose workshop close to Charlotte created the earliest surviving artwork of British settlers within the sector. In The actual Image, Daniel Patterson files the craftsmanship of this crew and the present visual appeal of the stones. In 2 hundred of his pictures, he files those stones for destiny generations and compares their iconography and inscriptions with these of alternative early monuments within the usa, Northern eire, and Scotland.
Combining his interpreting of the stones with historic documents, earlier scholarship, and wealthy oral lore, Patterson throws new mild at the complicated tradition and event of the Scotch Irish in the United States. In so doing, he explores the intense and the darkish facets of the way they coped with demanding situations corresponding to backwoods stipulations, spiritual upheavals, conflict, political conflicts, slavery, and land hypothesis. He indicates that headstones, resting quietly in previous graveyards, can demonstrate clean insights into the nature and heritage of an influential immigrant group.
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By the time this happened in New England the idiosyncratic styles of local stonecutters had had a century and a half to develop, spread, and evolve. In North Carolina a rich tradition of local craftsmanship was foreshortened to little more than fifty years. 3. M. J. E. C. Maker unknown. Quaker and Moravian graveyards in the Piedmont proved to have early dated markers, but these denominations fostered an aesthetic of plainness (Fig. 3). Their egalitarian faiths may command respect, but the interest of the stones themselves is chiefly conceptual.
John Bell (1765) and Nathan Moore (1759) ledger stone, Great Conewago Presbyterian Church, Hunterstown, Pa. Maker: William Bigham Sr. 4. Elisabeth Steel (1749) headstone, detail, Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church, Lancaster County, Pa. A particularly clear, bold cutting of the dot-over-diamond signature mark (bottom, center) used on most Bigham stones between 1739 and 1782. Attributed to William Bigham Sr. 6 If the men landed not at New Castle but at Philadelphia—with a population of 13,000, the largest city in the colonies and the largest they could ever see—they did not linger there.
My endnotes document my indebtedness to scholars and others here and abroad, living and dead, whose writings I found in all these places and upon whose records and research and insights I draw. The staffs of the scores of churches that I visited to carry out field photography were welcoming. They gave permission, loaned keys to locked burial grounds, and told me how to find old abandoned graveyards in the region. Many gave me materials about the history of the church, or helped me contact church members able to answer questions I had asked.