Seeking opinions on gravestone inscription for Holt-4702 (Roxirene or Roxilena?)

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Would like some second opinions on the attached gravestonse photos from FindAGrave Memorial# 116743017 for HOLT-4702.  Do you think the area where the name "ROXERENE" is carved has been retouched after being damaged, or is it the original carving?  

There appears to be a jagged shadow near the last letter.  In addition, a corresponding lack of shadowing on the left hand side of the slightly raised edge surrounding the carved area.  The area on the left also does not appear to be as smoothly dressed as the rest of the stone.  Am I imaging things?

There is a secondary source (a 19th century genealogy) giving this lady's name as "ROXILENA," as opposed to "ROXERENE" on the gravestone, and while I'd normally assume the gravestone was correct, if the carving is from a restoration, rather than the original, that introduces an element of doubt.  Obviously, some further research is ultimately going to be required, but I'd be interested in hearing from folks with more expertise than I have on old stones.
WikiTree profile: Roxerene Hitchcock
in Photos by GR Gordon G2G4 (4.4k points)
edited by GR Gordon

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Definitely says Roxerene.

I don't think it's been altered, I suspect that the carver just didn't cut the end letters as deep as the beginning letters, and weathering has further "lightened" them. Or maybe a softer spot in the stone, hence the crack.

I have an ancestress with a variation of this unusual name also, and it gets spelled in a number of ways, so both spellings may have been used.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by GR Gordon
I think you are right, Anne.  I’ve now got two secondary sources that agree on her identity but disagree on her name:  The History of the Holt Family (Durie) calls her “Roxilena,” but the Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family (Marsh) calls her “Roxerene.” And the records on FamilySearch are all over the lot:  

“Roixanna” (Connecticut Births and Christenings 1649-1906),

“Rorserene” (Massachusetts Marriages 1695-1910)

“Rosserem” (Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915)

To make matters even more confusing it appears there was also a “Roxalana” of about the same age who was married to Ebenezer Sumner and living in Ashford, CT at the same time as ”Roxilena/Roxerene” was married to Ebenezer Hitchcock and living first in Hampden County, MA and later in Addison County, VT.  There appears to be a record of a daughter, Almira or Myra being born to “Roxalana” and Ebenezer Sumner, but “Roxalana” appears to have died prior to 1789, when Ebenezer Sumner of Ashford married a 2d wife by whom he had a whole passle of children (lots of supporting records for the 2d family).  Meanwhile “Roxilena/Roxerene” was still alive and kicking in Vermont up until the 1820s.

There is no way that HOLT-4702 can be both Mrs. Hitchcock and Mrs. Sumner, but since Ashford is just a few miles down the road from Hampton, where HOLT-4702 was born, the Summers contingent appear to be laying claim to her as well as the Hitchcocks (wothout citing any evidence, of course).  None of them has cited a marriage record, so that looks like the next sthing to start looking for.  No wonder this profile was abandoned!
+4 votes
That stone appears to be "touched up"
Look at some of the cracks coming in towards the centre, and then just dissapears. Stone dont work like that. It cracks edge to edge
by Izak Jacobus Coetzee G2G4 (4.1k points)
Thanks for your help, Izak.  At the monent, I’m going with Anne’s theory of a slight touchup that didn’t affect the spelling, because I found another secondary source indicating the “Roxerene” is an accepted spelling among the Hitchcocks.  But there is definitely more research needed to confirm “Roxerene” Hitchcock really is the same person as “Roxilena” Holt (or not).

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