Founders Cemetery, Marker #34
Epitaph: Though greedy worm may ___in and gnaw my wasting flesh, God shall build my home again __ them all. At Rest. There is a similar epitaph that appears on grave markers in New England that may give a clue to the words that are totally or partially illegible: Though greedy worms devour my skin and gnaw my wasting flesh, When God shall build my bones again, He clothes them all afresh.
Elizabeth’s grave marker is especially interesting because of the notation below the date of her death which reads the intended of Stephen Rose Jr. There is possibly no other grave marker in Yarmouth County that has a similar inscription. Stephen may be the Stephen Rose who went on to marry Mahalah Cann. Little is known about them.
Elizabeth was born about 1798 and died 5 March 1820 in her 22nd year, the daughter of Jabez and Abigail (Corning) Landers who are buried near her. We do not know the cause of her death.
Elizabeth is descended from several families who have been in Nova Scotia a very long time. One of her ancestors may have been William Knowlton, whose grave marker in Shelburne is among the earliest for any English settler in Nova Scotia—it simply reads “William Knowlton, 1632”. Elizabeth’s Landers ancestry goes back to her great grandfather, Sealed Landers whose family arrived with the first settlers in the new Yarmouth Township on 9 June 1761.
More about Elizabeth, her parents, and siblings appears in the Old Stones Family Group Sheet Index.
Please leave a comment if you have any additional information about Elizabeth, particularly the cause of her death and subsequent life of her intended, Stephen Rose Jr.
Ahnentafel of Elizabeth Landers
a descendant of William Knowlton
(only a guide; sources not given; all information should be verified)
1. Elizabeth Landers, b abt 1798 (d in 22nd yr); d 5 Mar 1820; bur Founders Cemetery, Beaver River, Yarmouth Co N.S.; descendant of William Knowlton.
3. Abigail Corning, b 1785; d 30 Nov 1854; bur Founders Cemetery, Beaver River, Yarmouth Co N.S.; descendant of William Knowlton.
4. Jabez Landers, b Harwich, Barnstable Co Mass. abt 1748; d Yarmouth Township N.S. 6 Mar 1837; m Yarmouth Township 12 Apr 1771 Eunice Soames.
5. Eunice Soames, b 1745; d 12 Oct 1838.
6. Ebenezer Corning, b Beverly, Essex Co, Mass. Bay, 9 Aug 1758; d 10 Feb 1843; descendant of William Knowlton; m 21 Nov 1779 Elizabeth Foote.
7. Elizabeth Foote, d 2 Nov 1839.
8. Sealed Landers, bapt First Parish Church, Sandwich, Barnstable Co, Mass. Bay 3 Mar 1722/23; d Yarmouth Township N.S.; m (intentions) 27 Sep 1746 Sarah Crowell.
9. Sarah Crowell, b abt 1725; d bef 5 Dec 1751 (Sealed’s 2nd marriage).
10. Isaac Soames, b 21 Aug 1707; lost at sea 1755; m 10 Nov 1744 Lydia Thorndyke.
11. Lydia Thorndyke.
16. Ebenezer Landers, b Sandwich, Barnstable Co, Mass. Bay 13 Mar 1699/1700; m Sandwich 19 Dec 1721 Temperance Tobey by Melatiah Bourne Esq.
17. Temperance Tobey, b Sandwich, Barnstable Co, Mass. Bay 21 Apr 1701; bapt First Parish Church, Sandwich 19 Jun 1715.
18. Christopher Crowell, m Sarah Matthews.
19. Sarah Matthews.
20. Timothy Somes, b 22 Jul 1673; m 31 Dec 1695 Elizabeth Robinson.
21. Elizabeth Robinson.
22. Herbert Thorndyke, d 1746.
32. John Landers, b 2 Jan 1653/54; d Sandwich, Barnstable Co Mass. Bay 15 Apr 1737; m abt 1686 Rachel Freeman.
33. Rachel Freeman, b Sandwich, Plymouth Colony 4 Sep 1659; d 7 Oct 1709.
34. Gershom Tobey, m Sandwich, Barnstable Co Mass. Bay 29 Apr 1697 Mehitable Fish by Rowland Cotton.
35. Mehitable Fish, b Sandwich, Plymouth Colony 19 May 1680.
40. Timothy Somes, b 26 Jun 1647; d 1 Feb 1706 (old style or new style?); m 2 Apr 1673 Jane Stanwood.
41. Jane Stanwood, b 1655.
64. Thomas Landers, b Sussex England abt 1613; d intestate, Sandwich, Plymouth Colony 11 Nov 1675; m Sandwich 2 Jul 1651 Jane Kerby.
65. Jane Kerby, b abt 1630; d 21 Jul 1707.
66. Edmund Freeman, m Sandwich 18 Jul 1651 Margaret Perry; click on Edmund’s name to link to Helen M Perry and then go to #130 to see Edmund and his ancestors. Note: Edmund married twice—both wives have descendants in these cemeteries. Edmund’s 2nd wife, Margaret Perry appears below.
67. Margaret Perry, d Sandwich, Plymouth Colony btw 2 Mar 1684/85 & Mar 1696/97.
70. Ambrose Fish, m Hannah —?—.
71. Hannah —?—.
80. Morris Somes, b abt 1613; d 18 Jan 1689 (old style or new style?); m Elizabeth Kendall.
81. Elizabeth Kendall.
82. Philip Stanwood, d 7 Aug 1672; m Jane —?—.
83. Jane —?—, d 18 Aug 1706.
130. Richard Kerby, m Jane —?—.
131. Jane —?—, bur Sandwich, Plymouth Colony 23 Mar 1649/50.
 An ahnentafel (ancestor table) is a family tree without a chart. #1 is the source person, #2 is that person’s father, whose father is #4. To follow the father’s direct paternal ancestry double the number each time to #8, 16, 32 etc. The mother of the source person is #3 (the wife is always one number higher than the husband) whose father is #6, whose father is #12, again doubling in the same way as the father’s generations. #7 will be the source person’s her maternal grandmother whose father will be #14, whose father will be #28 and so on. With the exception of the source person, even numbers are male and uneven numbers are female. Uneven numbers usually introduce a new surname into the family tree.
born abt 1798 (d in 22nd yr) <GRM; GSB 263 Eliza Landers> died 5 March 1820 <GRM>
father: Jabez Landers [F36] <GRM>
mother: Abigail (Corning) Landers [F35] <GRM>
Epitaph: Though greedy worm may ___in and gnaw my wasting flesh, God shall build my home again __ them all. At Rest.
Note: the epitaph might possibly read: Though greedy worms devour my skin and gnaw my wasting flesh, When God shall build my bones again, He clothes them all afresh (from epitaphs on various Massachusetts grave markers found on-line).