The arrow is a recognized symbol of mortality. Arrows may also represent a military profession or hunting.
In the following instances, the arrow appears with a symbol of three linked rings (the chains that bind the Fraternity of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows) The letters FLT stand for Friendship, Love and Truth.
This first image displays the hand of God piercing the skull with an arrow.
The gravestone shown below is engraved on both sides. The front identifies the deceased members of the Boney Family. The back contains verses from the bible and an effigy with a downward pointing arrow.
As I Am So Shallt Thou Bee / Prepare Thy Self To Follow Mee / Blessed Are The Dead Wich Die In The / Lord That They Mae Rest From Their / Labers And Their Works Follow Them
This verse is closely related to Revelations 14 verse 13 which varies within different versions of the Bible.
Fraternal and social organizations were very popular and evidence of this popularity can be seen in the number of grave memorials with fraternal symbols. Many of these once popular societies are now almost non-existent.
The all-seeing eye symbol is associated with Freemasonry or the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Also called the Eye of Providence or Eye of God, its origins date back to the Eye of Horus in Egyptian mythology and symbolizes the all-knowing and ever-present God.
Clasped hands are symbolic of a welcome into the heavenly world from the deceased’s maker.
The three linked rings (the chains that bind the Fraternity) are synonymous with the Odd Fellows and the letters FLT stand for Friendship, Love and Truth.
The image on this stone shows clasped hands. However, the forefinger of the right hand is pointing, and is most likely a secret handshake as identified in the Album of Unwritten Work, a volume owned by each Grand Lodge which explained the principles and rituals of the I.O.O.F.
Come near my friends and cast and eye Then go your way, prepare to die, Learn your doom, and know you must One day like me be turned to dust. 1876
A loving husband, a dutiful son, an affectionate brother