John Jones (1811-1875)

14 May 2014 2:14 PM | Debi Curry (Administrator)

John Langdon Jones was a farmer in Ripley, Maine and contrary to the mores of the time, he was an athiest. He summed it up pretty well when he wrote his own epitaph.

Donna-Mae Bean came upon this gray granite gravestone ~ a die with a cap set on a base ~ and its interesting epitaph during a visit to the West Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, Somerset County and wanted to share it with MOCA readers!

John L. Jones
Feb 7, 1811
Aug 11, 1875

Betsey A., His Wife
July 4, 1827
_____, 1899

I came without my own consent
Liv'd a few years much discontent,
At human errors grieving;
I rul'd myself by reasons laws,
But got contempt and not applause
Because of disbelieving.

For nothing e'er could me convert,
To faith some people did assert,
Alone would gain salvation;
But now the grave does me enclose.
The superstitious will suppose,
I'm doomed to Hell's damnation.

But as to that they do not know,
Opinions oft from ignorance flow.
Devoid of sure foundation;
'T is easey men should be deceiv'd
When any thing by them's believ'd
Without a demonstration.

Pay your respects to John & Betsey Jones on the Find a Grave website. His memorial is maintained by Susanne Brown.

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