Martha Jefferson Carr
On the upper part of the stone:
Here Lie the Remains of
Son of John and Barbara Carr,
of Louisa County, VA.,
Born Ocbober 26, 1743,
Intermarried July 20, 1765,
Peter and Jane Randolph
Died May 16, 1773,
at Charlottesville, VA.
Whom every gift of Heaven profusely blest,
A Temper winning mild, nor pity softer,
Nor was truth more bright, constant in doing
Well, he neither sought nor shunned applause.
No bashful merit signed near him neglected;
Sympathizing he wiped off the tear from sorrow's
Clouded eye, and with kindly hand taught
Her heart to smile.
To His Virtue, Good Sense, Learning and Friendship,
this stone is dedicated by
who of all men loved him most.
Still shall thy grave with rising flowers be dressed And the green turf lie lightly on
thy breast; There shall the morn her earliest
tears bestow, There the first roses of the
year shall blow, White angels with their
silver wings o'ershade The ground now
sacred by thy reliques made.
Found in Thomas Jefferson's papers after his death:
INSCRIPTION ON MY FRIEND D. CARR'S TOMB
Lamented shade, whom every gift of heaven
Profusely blest; a temper winning mild;
Not pity softer; nor was truth more bright
Constant in doing well, he neither sought
Nor shunned applause. No bashful merit sighed
Near him neglected: sympathizing he
Wiped off the tear from Sorrow's clouded eye
With kindly hand, and taught her heart to smile