Category: Headstone Symbols

Headstone Symbols: Odd Fellows

Headstone Symbols: Odd Fellows

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, IOOF, is a fraternal and service organization, one of four founding fraternal orders in the “union” that formed Placerville Union Cemetery in 1871. Union Cemetery is located at 650 Bee Street in Placerville, CA. The IOOF Morningstar Lodge remains active in Placerville and meets regularly in their historic downtown […]

Headstone Symbols: The all-seeing eye

Headstone Symbols: The all-seeing eye

The all-seeing eye has become one of the most recognizable symbols of Odd Fellowship in popular culture. It is one of many symbols the Odd Fellows share with the Masons. Both fraternals require a belief in a higher power. Both lean to Judeo-Christian teachings. The all-seeing eye reminds Odd Fellows that God watches them always. […]

Headstone Symbols: Hand Pointing Down

Headstone Symbols: Hand Pointing Down

The hand of God is a common Victorian tombstone symbol. An index finger pointing up symbolizes the hope of heaven, but what if the finger points down? We needn’t worry about “Dear wife and mother” Fanny Eliza Bence. The downward pointing hand does not doom poor Fanny to eternal damnation. Rather, the hand of God […]

Headstone Symbols: Gates Ajar

Headstone Symbols: Gates Ajar

This popular Victorian headstone symbol is found throughout Union Cemetery, located at 650 Bee Street in Placerville, CA. Its origins trace to a book titled The Gates Ajar, by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. Published in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War, The Gates Ajar tells the story of a young woman […]