Subterranean Celebrity: Eunice Osgood
Died September 18, 1854
"...we found Eunice under 6 inches of sod,
about 2 feet from where she really belongs."
Little is known about her life, much is known about the re-establishment of her headstone. Eunice Osgood was wife to the Brigadier General Francis B. Osgood who served in the Maine Militia during the War of 1812. That much we know. We don't know about her—what her hopes and dreams were, whether she enjoyed her life. Such is the state of many people buried here. Unless they were of great wealth or fame, there is little known about who they were. As with many stones in the EC, Eunice's marker had broken and fallen, unnoticed. Over the years, sod and grass covered her fragments. Now her monument is upright and sitting next to her husband's. Just the way it should be.
Gen. Francis B.
September 18, 1854
Let angels watch the sleeping dust,
Til Jesus comes to raise the just.
Then may she wake in sweet surprise,
And in her savior’s image rise.
Eunice's marble stone is a very typical style for the Eastern Cemetery. Her name is carved in relief with a rectangular background. Her title "wife" is followed by her husband's full name and her death date, then age. We are thrilled that our volunteer conservators not only found her headstone and put it back together, but also were able to decipher the epitaph—which is often not the case.
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