Missouri · Momento Mori and Post-mortem Photography

Family killed following argument over saddle

October 12, 1906 Near Licking, Missouri 20-year-old Jodie Hamilton kills five members of the Parsons family following an argument Hamilton had argued with Carney Parsons (alt. spelled as Carrie or Barney) over a saddle which Hamilton had found on a wandering horse and had not attempted to return to its rightful owner. Parsons threatened to… Continue reading Family killed following argument over saddle

Massachusetts · Momento Mori and Post-mortem Photography

Momento mori: ring commemorating the memory of a 7-year-old

July 2, 1747 Charleston, Massachusetts Elizabeth Royall (7) dies (according to a momento mori) Mourning jewelry or momento mori (lit. "remember death") were created as a way to remember a loved on who had passed before photography was invented. (After photography came about, the art of post-mortem photography became the popular choice.) Some mourning jewelry… Continue reading Momento mori: ring commemorating the memory of a 7-year-old

Disasters · Momento Mori and Post-mortem Photography · Pennsylvania

The Johnstown flood which claimed the lives of 2,200

May 31, 1899 Johnstown, Pennsylvania A flood destroys the town of Johnstown, killing over 2,200 and causing extensive damage to property The flood was caused by days of heavy rainfall which the South Fork Dam was no longer able to contain. Engineers near the dam attempted to dig ditches to relieve some pressure but were… Continue reading The Johnstown flood which claimed the lives of 2,200

Momento Mori and Post-mortem Photography · Wisconsin

Momento mori: quintuplet brothers

February 13, 1875 Watertown, Wisconsin America's first set of quintuplets are born, though the children, all boys, die within hours of birth The five boys had shared a single placenta and collectively weighed roughly 10 pounds. They all seemed fully developed despite each living no more than a few hours and one being stillborn. The… Continue reading Momento mori: quintuplet brothers

Female Killers · Momento Mori and Post-mortem Photography · New York

Husband, wife, child buried together after mother kills all 3

January 25, 1894 Auburn, New York Maria Keller, who was later suspected of suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness, shoots her husband in the heart, fatally wounds their infant daughter whose lung was punctured, and shoots herself in the temple Their obituary, published in the Auburn Bulletin on January 26, 1894, reads: Three in one… Continue reading Husband, wife, child buried together after mother kills all 3