At a gathering in Milford, N.H., Dave Palance explained that gravestones can reveal more than names and dates.
Early death’s heads were simple skull and cross bones, but later ones are made to look like the departed. Many have wings to show that the person went to heaven. At the graves of couple Samuel and Mary Leeman, buried in a Hollis cemetery, only the husband went to heaven.
“He earned his wings, she didn’t,” Palance said. [Link]