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Wiswall mourning pendant, ca. 1775

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

The pendant features a tombstone and details deaths of various members of the Wiswall family, loyalists living in Falmouth (Portland) in the Revolutionary War era.

John Wiswall, a protege of the Rev. Thomas Smith at First Parish Church in Falmouth (Portland) converted to Episcopalian in 1764 and served at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Falmouth.

Engraved on the back, with the family named misspelled, is, "Mercy Wiswell/Ob. 26 July 1775 Aet. 43./Bradstreet Ob. 30 Jan 1773 Aet. 4./Robert Ob. 10 June 1773 Aet. 2./Elizabeth Ob. 23 July/1775 Aet. 9."

The locket commemorates the death of Mercy Wiswall and her daughter in a pneumonia epidemic in Boston. Wiswall then became a chaplain in the Royal Navy.

The Rev. John Wiswall (1731-1812), a native of Boston, married Mercy Minot (1733-1775) in Brunswick on December 31, 1761.

Other Information


  • Title: Wiswall mourning pendant, ca. 1775
  • Creation Date: circa 1775
  • Subject Date: circa 1775
  • Media: Stone
  • Dimensions (cm): 4 x 3
  • Local Code: 2005.085
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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