I read an interesting story about Jemima Smith and I thought I had a picture of her tombstone. I couldn't find the picture when I went through them but I love her story. Her husband was Rev. Thomas G. Smith (died 1837 at 81) who was the pastor of the Old Dutch Church during the early 18th century. He attracted a large congregation even though he had tobacco stained whiskers and dirty clothing. People would come miles away to hear his fire and brimstone preaching. He would wake sleepy parishioners by screaming, "Fire, fire!" The one person who was not very fond of Rev. Smith's preaching was his wife Jemima. Her nickname in the community was, "Cantankerous Jemima." She would show her disapproval of her husband by locking him in his study before service. The deacons would have to search for him and set him free to perform service. She would make a raucous riding her horse up and down in front of the church so the congregation couldn't hear the sermon. Sometimes she would go so far as to bring a pillow into the church and lay down on the first pew and snore loudly during her husband's service. The town's people thought the Reverend was a saint to put up with his wife's antics but Jemima would answer, "If you knew old Tom Smith as well as I do, you wouldn't think so much of him." Now they lie side by side for eternity in the church's cemetery.
Headless Horseman Bridge
Australia Ugg's company sponsored a scarecrow contest at the Lyndhurst Castle.
I used Topaz Adjust - Stylized Collect - Dark- Ghostly to make these scarecrows look scarier!