Tombstone Tuesday: Independent Sons of Honor?

Independent Sons of Honor? (Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana)
Independent Sons of Honor? (Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana)

This week’s tombstone has me puzzled. It is the tombstone of Edward Summers, born 22 December 1861, died 15 September 1880, and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

What has me stumped is the symbol and inscription: a heart in a circle, surrounded by “D. W. of I. S. H.” Stories in Stone (my absolute favorite tombstone iconography book) lists “ISH” as the Independent Sons of Honor. However, I cannot find any references to what “D W” might be, nor can I find any ISH symbols.

Does anyone have info that can confirm or deny that this is an Independent Sons of Honor tombstone?

Posted: July 23, 2008.

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  • Hi Amy – You might try posting this over at the Forums on Find A Grave. The folks there are pretty skilled at analyzing these types of things.

    BTW – LOVE your tombstone photos!

  • Hi Elizabeth – That’s a great idea about posting it on Find a Grave!

    Thanks for the kind words! It’s always nice to hear someone enjoys the photos 🙂