Wiswall mourning pendant, ca. 1775
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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.
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