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Amasa Loomis (c.1773-1840)

Amasa Loomis was a third-generation Coventry, Connecticut, stonecarver, the grandson of Jonathan Loomis. Instead of following the family tradition in style, he adopted the then dominant Manning style in most particulars. His signed stones have round rather than ovoid faces and frequently floral border panels consisting of a narrow vine with three-lobed clovers alternating on either side. One of his finest stones is that for Mary Wheeler (1972) in Andover, fortunately signed.

In addition to the floral designed stones, there are many stones in the same burying grounds with an undulating snake-like border that have almost identical cherubim to the clover-bordered stones and appear to have been carved by the same hand. Some of his larger stones have a cherub with an elongate slender neck designed somewhat in the fashion of some stones by Rockwell Manning. Despite good craftsmanship, Amasa Loomis, for the most part, showed little originality. He, like John Walden, was one of the last granite carvers in the old tradition and many of his stones were carved after 1800. He is buried in the South Street graveyard, Coventry, beneath an undistinguished white marble slab. Signed stones are the Daniel Field stone (1795 Old Vernon) and the backdated double stone in Lebanon (1742, 1787) for Esther and Mary, two of the wives of Israel Loomis (the brother of Jonathan the carver). Amasa was also paid for the Mary Pierce (1809) stone at Bolton (Quarryville). In the Coventry South Street burying ground can also be seen a number of his urn and willow stones produced as he conformed to the changing style.

From: Slater, James A. The Colonial Burying Grounds of Eastern Connecticut and the Men Who Made Them. Memoirs of the Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences, vol. 21. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1987.
*Homer Babbidge Library call number f/Q/11/C85/v.21