Farber Gravestone Collection
Blaney, Mary G.
Central Burying Ground
Unidentified (Boston MA); Unique
Heart; Winged Face
This is a very puzzling stone. The decorative carving, borders, stone shape, and slate type date from the early 1700s (Gilchrist? Gaud? WC?), while the lettering is definitely from the late eighteenth-century. There are no discernable remnants of a previous inscription, nor does the surface appear to have been smoothed down. Also, the stone stands in the Boylston Street (Common) burying ground which was not established until 1754, long after stones of this style were being produced. Compare the current lettering to documented work of John Just Geyer and William Homer.