The True Image

The True Image

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A thousand unique gravestones cluster around old Presbyterian churches in the piedmont of the two Carolinas and in central Pennsylvania. Most are the vulnerable legacy of three generations of the Bigham family, Scotch Irish stonecutters whose workshop near Charlotte created the earliest surviving art of British settlers in the region. In The True Image, Daniel Patterson documents the craftsmanship of this group and the current appearance of the stones. In two hundred of his photographs, he records these stones for future generations and compares their iconography and inscriptions with those of other early monuments in the United States, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Combining his reading of the stones with historical records, previous scholarship, and rich oral lore, Patterson throws new light on the complex culture and experience of the Scotch Irish in America. In so doing, he explores the bright and the dark sides of how they coped with challenges such as backwoods conditions, religious upheavals, war, political conflicts, slavery, and land speculation. He shows that headstones, resting quietly in old graveyards, can reveal fresh insights into the character and history of an influential immigrant group.The Rebekah Wilson (1788) and Peggy Long (1799) stones at Hopewell, the Billy Ford Smith stone (1799) at Centre Church in ... his age as seventy-one; see De Bow, Seventh Census, Population Schedule, Georgia, Putnam County, Household 399. ... I have found no record of his military service. ... geographical focus, each writer includes useful information about York and Chester County stonecutters.

Title:The True Image
Author: Daniel W. Patterson
Publisher:UNC Press Books - 2012-10-08

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