FLW: God will give you blood to drink

Famous Last Words Sarah Good Salem Village, Province of Massachusetts Bay (modern day Danvers, Massachusetts) July 17, 1692 “I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink.” Good was one of the 20 people executed during the Salem Witchcraft…

FLW: Jefferson and Adams die hours apart

Famous Last Words Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Charlottesville, Virginia; Quincy, Massachusetts July 4, 1826 “Is it the fourth?” and “Thomas Jefferson...” On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, two of those who signed their names to it and who later became presidents of the United States, died within hours…

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…