Ann Tabor Masquerier

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For the Boston Investigator.


Lately deceased, Ann Tabor Masquerier, consort of Lewis Masquerier, in the 79th year of her age, of a painful sickness. She was possessed of remarkable good nature—kind, conciliating, and charitable. She was very convivial and endowed with a good-natured humor devoid of any biting sarcasm that could wound the feelings. She was full of anecdote and was always ready to illustrate any characteristic that was mentioned in conversation. With only a country school education, she became a great reader of the old Jewish legends, (or fiddle as she used to call it,) so that with her concordance, she could readily find any passage in it. She became in early life such a sincere believer as to undergo a winter baptism. But upon praying most fervently to Jesus to spare the life of a sick brother who died afterwards, her faith became shakened, and she concluded that the world was engineered automatically by the properties and laws of matter or Nature. But how many of the long bearded "babes and sucklings of the Gospel," continue their praying in despite of the Tyndall test! She died in the same firm and unwavering convictions in which she had lived.—She had none of those awful fears or death-bed repentance that Orthodox Christians sometimes have, and which they so often ascribe, lyingly, to sceptics, by transferring their feelings to them.

She had been a subscriber to the Investigator when I wedded her, and it was her greatest enjoyment to read it thoroughly, and as one who loved it. To show her appreciation of the cause of truth by deed as well as profession, she has bequeathed forty dollars, a part of her deposit in the savings' bank towards the erection of the Paine Memorial Hall in Boston, and the balance to several of her more needy relatives.

Her writings were chiefly epistolary-and in prose and verse. She composed and published, for the amusement of her friends, a heroic-comic poem in two cantos, which she called the Masquerieriad, and in which she made him the hero, after the manner of his Sataniad, in which he makes Satan his hero. She was very fond of the humor of the widow Bedot papers, the most of which she often recited by memory in a very natural Yankee pronunciation to her friends and in Lyceum meetings.

Her remains are interred in the northern portion of the "Cypress Hill Cemetery" in Lot No. 516, section 9. I shall erect a plain granite monument in it, two feet square at base and about three feet high with parallel sides roofed and eaved so as to drip off the rain from the lettering and resting on a foot thick pedestal, so as to have only two pieces in it. On the east side, the alphabetic and classified elements of form or shape will be sculptured. On the north and front side, the alphabet and classified elements of speech and music, and on the west side, the alphabet and names of rights and wrongs will be sculptured and all in raised letters and figures. But I wish to publish my developments simultaneously in my works at the same time.

As I have found several bodies which seem unknown to geometrical science, with the true elements of speech and the musical scales, and with a truer social science at least, I shall resort to the device of Archimedes, who prized above all his discovery that the solidity of the sphere was two-thirds, and the cone one-third of their circumscribing cylinders, and had them out upon his tomb-stone; by which Cicero one hundred and fifty years after on a visit to Syracuse, found it overgrown with briars and almost hid in the soil. I hope tho time will soon come, when there will be some who will pause at our tomb, and so appreciate the true cause of social evil, as to drop a tear—not over us who will be at rest, but upon suffering humanity throughout the world, and resolve to teach them what a paradise awaits them through the organized establishment of the thorough principles of rights.

Yours, &c., L. M.

Greenpoint, L. I., (N.Y:,) Oct. 9.

  • Lewis Masquerier, “Obituary [Ann Tabor Masquerier],” The Boston Investigator 43, no. 30 (November 19, 1873): 2.