October 22, 2020

Nathaniel Lewis Gravestone

As you walk around Copp's Hill Burying Ground in Boston's North End. You'll encounter some notable gravestones. There are a lot of unknown people buried in this historic graveyard.

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Nathaniel Lewis

There isn't much that I could find out about Nathaniel Lewis.

  • He died on May 12, 1778.
  • There's no birthdate, based on his age it would be sometime in 1736
  • He was a Merchant. In the 1700s the would buy farmers surplus products and extend credit so the farmers could afford to buy supplied.
  • A flag is planted at his gravesite, which indicates that he was involve with the revolutionary war.
  • At the gravesite you can see a smaller gravestone that contains very little writing.

His Gravestone reads:

Here lies interred the Body of Mr. Nathaniel Lewis Merchant of Great Yarmouth in the Country of Norfolk Old England who departed this Life May 12th, 1778. Age 42.

The bottom of this gravestone has this quote:

"What's Fame, a fancy'd life in other's breath
A thing beyond us ev'n before our Death.
A Wit's a feather and a Chief's a rod
An honest Man's the noble Work of God."

This is a poem from a famous english poet - Alexander Pope ( May 21, 1688 - May 30, 1744).

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