tombstone sayings and glue? : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

im wanting to know what type of glue was used years ago to glue tombstones to the base can we still get it?also whats some unusual sayings youve saw on tombstones?thanks chuck

-- chuck lowe (, July 26, 2000


we live in a once very remote area between md. and pa. in the middle of my friends field is a single grave, its been there for at least 3 generations , and all it says is "remember ye when thee walks by "would love to know who it was is . i love old graveyards , family ones are all around here , wish i had more time to explore them.

-- renee oneill (, July 26, 2000.

Glad to see I'm not the only one who loves old grave yards . There is so much to learn and wonder .You also realize how lucky we are when you look at the ages on some of the stones.

-- Patty Gamble (, July 26, 2000.

Amen to that patty. Grave yards were a great place to play hide and seek in the dark when I was a teenager.

-- kathy h (, July 26, 2000.

The kids out here do alot more than play hide and seek here at the graveyards! Here in Texas, the tombstones will say "Killed by" or Murdered by etc. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh (, July 27, 2000.

check out, click on "gravestone quotes".

-- Shannon (Grateful Acres Animal Sanctuary) (, July 27, 2000.

Wait...for the above site, you have to click on "brain candy", THEN gravestone quotes.

-- Shannon (Grateful Acres Animal Sanctuary) (, July 27, 2000.

My son operates CAD computer equipment where he draws off the designs, names, and sayings that go on tombstones...then he blasts in the designs with a sandblaster...

The company he works for has this really sticky stuff that kind of comes in a roll and you use it to stick the tombstones to the base, and those vases and things to the sides of tombstones on top of the bases... You could check with any tombstone company and they could probably sell you some of it very inexpensively...Nathan's company sells it to people who buy vases from other companies, etc.

E-mail me direct if you need more info on that. He could probably get you a name of the sticky stuff!

-- Suzy in 'Bama (, July 27, 2000.

The most unusual one I heard of from a friend was "I told you I was sick" She is researching all the small private and public cemetaries for her historical society.

-- Kate Henderson (, July 28, 2000.

From a very old tombstone in Camp County, Texas: "Remember this as you walk by, As you are now so once was I, As I am now soon shall you be. Take up the Cross and follow me."

It was dated sometime in the mid-1800's, but has been stolen in recent years.

-- Green (, July 28, 2000.

Hi my Dad use to say to everyone who came to visit, "thanks for stopping by", so my Mother put it on his tomstone, my hubby & I have decided we want on ours, "to be continued", Sonda in Ks.

-- Sonda (, July 28, 2000.


Boy, I know more about this than I ever wanted. I ended up managing a cemetary (two actually) for a while before I married. Now, what was the stone made of? local stone was popular, as well as alabaster (before they figured out it wore away in 100 years) cement (sand, stone, water, and ash, sometimes), and of course granite, and anything else that could be cut or carved. In old stone and concrete, I've often found holes drilled or cut into the top and base stone, so that a layer of grout could be used to hold them togather. (it would squish up and down, and hold for about 90 years) They did come up with an adhesive for stone in the 40's, but it didn't work too great. If your wanting to do repair, I'd suggest you buy a tube of silicone and rock seal, then squish the rock seal adhesive (available from the local headstone salesman) in a long thick line on the inside, and put a thin unbroken line of silicone on the outside edge, at least an inch away from the rock glue. Gently lower the top onto the base, and gently press down. The silicone will help the glue (or even grout) to be protected from the weather for the first 20 years, then the grout will have a "new" surface to face the weather for the rest of it's lasting time.

It's importent to clean or chip off the old surface as best you can. If your wanting to hold them togather with grout again, you'll need to chip up some real rough spots, to help the top and bottom adhere to the grout.

Let me know if you have more info, or need more.


-- Marty (Mrs.Puck@excite.comf), August 01, 2000.

I'm not going to have a tombstone as my ashes will be scattered over my farm. If I did, my inscription would probably be: "The Hokey-Pokey was what it was all about."

-- Ken S. (, August 02, 2000.

I read one listed in the trivia book "Peoples Almanac" that went some thing like " Here lay the remains of Mcdougal, who lived the life of Reilly while Reilly was away. Reilly came home early, catching him with his wife May and that why Freind, Your reading this today."

-- Jay Blair (, August 02, 2000.

Ken after reading your post--I like to died laughing---my hubby almost had to order mine, with "to be continued---" from me laughing! That was a good one---again! Sonda in Ks.

-- Sonda (, August 03, 2000.

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