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#2611872 - 02/05/14 08:59 AM Strange Gravestone
K Worden Offline

Registered: 04/05/13
Loc: UK
I recently posted this picture -


and am wondering what the "17T N22" means. The gravestones have all been relocated and it's possible a vertical stone was also originally present. This remaining stone seems to refer to 2 other people who are not named before it lists Elias Nowell.

Any ideas?

#2613476 - 02/08/14 10:03 AM Re: Strange Gravestone [Re: K Worden]
DA Bernadette Offline

Registered: 03/22/11
Loc: USA
Just beneath the 17T N22 the text (in script) reads "Deceas'd May the 6th." It appears to be referring to someone else who died May 6, 1722.

17T for Thousand + N22 for Number of years. That's my guess.

#2615818 - 02/12/14 10:35 AM Re: Strange Gravestone [Re: K Worden]
caryatid Offline

Registered: 06/17/09
Loc: London, England
Could it be that T N[owell] died 6 May 1722, and S N[owell] died 9 April 1726/9?
West Norwood Cemetery

What makes Aladdin sneeze?

#2616166 - 02/12/14 09:34 PM Re: Strange Gravestone [Re: caryatid]
DA Bernadette Offline

Registered: 03/22/11
Loc: USA
This gravestone is from the 1700's in England where the law required switching from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar systems starting in 1752. The Gregorian system was indicated by abbreviating N S (for New System) as we see on the stone.

In the medieval Latin system of common usage, people would write, "He died in the 17 Thousandth, twenty second (year of our Lord) of Anno Domini (A.D.)

Just above the stone in the picture is another flat marker. That stone appears linked to the one shown and probably contains the info on who it was that died on May 6, 1722. Since the Nowell's we can see died in 1778, this makes sense. The stone is a bridge of sorts, bridging the change of calendars used in England. Very interesting from the historical standpoint.

#2627284 - 03/03/14 02:39 PM Re: Strange Gravestone [Re: DA Bernadette]
K Worden Offline

Registered: 04/05/13
Loc: UK
Thank you for the info, that's very interesting. Unfortunately none of the stones are in the original position - they were all lifted when the road was widened and are now used as paving stones.

#2642780 - 03/31/14 10:05 PM Re: Strange Gravestone [Re: K Worden]
Bernadette Offline

Registered: 03/04/14
The original layout was in columns, with broad walkways between the rows. It was intended to view a family's history by "walking the row."

Now that I've explained what it is to you, all you need to do is find the Nowell family stone with deaths earlier than 1722.


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