Coal Merchant. A child of inherited wealth, he was the son of William and Anna Catharine Warner. During his father's leadership, Warner and Company, a coal business, became a DuPont "Allied Company." The graves of Warner's brother, George W., and sister, Catherine Anna, adjoin and are seen in the foreground. The 1880 US Census identifies his birth year as 1820. Though not on the memorial, the death certificate appends "Jr." to his name.
The William Warner associated with Blockley in the following biography is actually interred at Merion Friends' Burial Ground in Merion Station, Montgomery County:
Coal magnate and philanthropist. warner was a native of England, however he quickly built a presence in the United States as a prominent industrious Philadelphia businessman. He named his Philadelphia estate "Blockley" after his childhood home in England, and the house and surrounding area retained that name. When William Warner and Company became a Dupont Allied Company in the late 1800's, the foothold in the industrial revolution was secured for Warner and his future generations.
His tomb was designed by Alexander Milne Calder. This dramatic sculpture depicting the soul escaping from the coffin is often discussed as an prime example of American Victorian funerary art. (This bio contributed by R. DiGati).
Gravesite Details Designed by Alexander Milne Calder, whose father was a Scottish tombstone carver, the monument depicts Warner's soul released from the tomb as a wisp of air with his image.