Walking through cemeteries through some friends, they noticed that some women’s tombstones, fairly than having actually the typical pattern of saying “wife of” a certain male, provided the womales as his conkind. My friends and also I questioned whether there was some certain significance to naming a woman as “consort” rather than “wife.” Perhaps the male and also womale were not legally married, they mprovided.




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Tombstones for Adam and Ann Titler (Old Carlisle Burying Ground)


A distinction does exist, yet it is nopoint so lurid as naming a mistress as such on her grave marker. After consulting a dozen or so cemetery symbolism websites, it shows up that the word “consort” on a women’s tombrock commonly suggests that she predeceased her husband also. A “consort” was still the majority of certainly a wife.


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Jane, consort of Toprejudice Miller (Old Carlisle Burying Ground)


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