Sarah (Ingersoll) Whiting, 1726-1769.

Sarah Whiting Center Church Crypt New Haven Painful Mother

The daughter of Mr. Jonathan and Sarah (Newton) Ingersoll of Milford and the wife of John Whiting, Esq., whom she married in 1751.

A favorite stone of tour guides and visitors both.  There is a New Haven Colony record of  a marriage in 1784 between  “Sharper Rogers a free negro man & Phillis belonging to John Whiting Esq.” — Sarah’s husband.  Sarah was also a sister of New Haven’s infamous Jared Ingersoll, also interred in the crypt.  

Her inscription reads:

In Memory of
Mrs Sarah Whiting
late virtuous & amiable consort
of John Whiting Esquire
Daughter of Mr Jonathan Ingersoll
of Milford, born on the 22d of October
1726, married on the 7th of Novembr 1751
the painful Mother of eight children of
whom Six survive. On the 4th day of July 1769
She finished her wearisome pilgrimage
in joyful hope & expectation of a glorious immortality.

The hand of the good man fasten on the
skies and bids earth roll nor feels her idle whir.

The final two lines are a quote from a long-form poem by Edward Young entitled, “The Complaint: or, Night-Thoughts on Life, Death & Immortality.”  It was published in nine parts — or “nights” — between the years 1742 and 1745.  The quoted line is from the “fourth night,” with the somewhat cumbersome heading: “The Christian Triumph: Containing Our Only Cure For The Fear Of Death, And Proper Sentiments of Heart On That Inestimable Blessing.”  The work lives on today mostly in the accompanying illustrations by William Blake, and a scathing critique published by T.S. Eliot.

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