Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - MIZPAH

In a recent post about my great-great-grandparents, Asa SPENCER and May COUNTRYMAN SPENCER, I added this photo of their identical gravestones:

MAY G. SPENCER
1864-1943
MIZPAH

ASA W. SPENCER
1850-1911
MIZPAH

They have a unique inscription:


The word or term mizpah is Hebrew, meaning 'watchtower.' On a gravestone, it often means 'The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from the other.'

May lost her husband Asa suddenly and I'm sure this was a way for her to remember him until they were reunited.

The term is often used on jewelry:



References:
  1. Wikipedia
  2. BibleHub
  3. Google Images

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