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Margret Porter
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I have adjusted this photo for shadows, lighting, and contrast. This is the best image I can produce giving some view to what little of Margaret's inscription remains.

Beginning at the top left you can reasonably see "In" but what may have been "Memory of" is completely obliterated.

In the next line you can see the "M" in Margret then the "ar" is missing. The very top of the "g" and the "re" are visible with a portion of the final "t" so you wind up with a significant portion of her name...."M__gret" but what may have been "wife of" is, again, obliterated.

In the third line, looking for the name of her husband Job, you clearly see the "J" and most of the "o" with a good "b" once magnified sufficiently. The "P" in Porter is gone but the "orter" is clear. Beyond that what was likely the word "who" is also gone.

In the fourth line, is a very legible "died Oc" thus "Oct" is missing its "t" as well as the day she died.

With a good eye and magnification the fifth line reveals "AD 1798" and if there was anything more it failed to survive.

What you wind up with, with a little help from the Hale Collection and my suggested wording in brackets, is the following:

"In [Memory of] / M[ar]gre[t wife of] / Job [P]orter [who] / died Oc[t 4th] / AD 1798 "

This is an extremely difficult stone.......
Added by: Donnie Porter
7/10/2013
 
 
 
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