Monday, May 28, 2007

One Coffin, Slightly Used

Elaine Underwood has in her basement a coffin once owned by Col. McLane Tilton—a U.S. Marine who lived in the house and died in 1914.

Tilton used to store his clothes in the box and occasionally would entertain guests by getting in. According to a certificate written by Dennis Claude, the antiques dealer who held the coffin for so long, Tilton had "contracted with an old black man to bring his wagon, place him in it and bury him in St. Anne's Cemetery when he died.

"His children would have no part of this," the certificate says. [Link]

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