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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: The tombstones located in the old family cemetery outside Wysox, Pennsylvania all utilize the same letter "E" which I do not understand the meaning.  Example:


Son of

Moses & Esther


died Jan. 20


E. 21 y. 8 m.

& 15 d's





Answer:  I believe what you have is a misreading of the common Latin abbreviation for Anno Aetatis Suae (Latin) meaning “in the (specified) year of his (or her) age.”  Commonly Aetatis is abbreviated with a connected capital letters (A & E) creating the  marking = Æ.  This abbreviation is found on many early gravestones before the age of the deceased.

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