Is there really a gravestone in New Hampshire for an amputated leg? Yes, there really is a gravestone at a cemetery in Washington NH for an amputated leg that belonged to Captain Samuel Jones Jr. He was born in Hillsboro NH in 1777.
Why is his leg buried in a Washington NH cemetery?
Samuel Jones was involved in an accident July 7, 1804, he was 26 years old at the time. Jones was part of a crew that was moving a building in Washington. His leg got pinched between the building they were moving and a fence. Because the injuries to his leg were so severe it had to be amputated. Keep in mind anesthesia was not common in the early 1800’s so chances are the surgery was done without it. Jones survived the surgery.
So why bury his leg?
At that time it was believed that if you lost a limb and gave it a proper burial there would be less pain in the future. Samuel Jones did the burial and made his own gravestone for his leg in the Washington cemetery. The gravestone reads: “Capt. Samuel Jones’ leg which was amputated July 7 1804” and has what appears to be a star above the text engraved into the stone.
Where is the rest of Capt Samuel Jones Body buried?
When Jones did pass away several years later as an old man, he was living and working in New York. So the rest of his body was buried in New York separated from his leg.
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