Sarah J. Fosque (1828-1903)

“Mrs. Sarah J. Fosque, aged seventy-five years, died suddenly at the Virginia Home for Incurables Sunday morning about 5 o’clock.  She was subject to heart attacks and this disease as the cause of her demise.  A few moments before she died she rang the bell for a nurse and told her when she came that she wanted the doctor at once.  Before he could get down the steps she was dead.

The remains were shipped yesterday to Philadelphia, where she was born and had a number of relatives.  She married Captain William F. Fosque, of Accomac County, and survived him several years.  She possessed considerable property at the time of her death and was by no means a charity patient at home.  She was a staunch but very liberal minded Episcopalian, frequently, when in better health, attending Methodist camp-meetings and taking great interest in the work of all denominations.  She thought Easter the choicest day on the calendar and this was the day of her death.”

Source: “Obituary.” Richmond Times 14 April 1903: 2. Print.

Conservation Assessment

Name(s): Sarah Fosque (1828-1903)

Type of Marker: Headstone
Material: Marble
Issues: Biogrowth, blistering, broken/fragmented, loss, sugaring, sunken
Comments: brokem in several places
Recommended Treatment: Cleaning w/biocide, consolidation, excavation, fill cracks, patching, pinning and gluing, raising, resetting

Evaluation
Historic Integrity: Intact
Structural Integrity: Poor
Material Integrity: Poor
Legible Inscription: Poor
Degree of Bioturbation: 1/2 sunken

Marker Details
Inventory Number: 31
Cemetery Section: 3
Orientation: West
Marker Height/Length (in): 6
Marker Width (in): 19
Marker Thickness/Depth (in): 1

Written by Amy Grant

Amy Grant is a graphic designer and web developer. She is the founder of the Southwark Historical Society, a volunteer based group that studies the Southwark Historical District located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.