"SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF COL EZEKIEL POLK Born December 7, 1747, died August 31, 1824 Age 76 years, 8 months, 24 days.
Epitaph written by himself in the 74th year of his life----
Here lies the dust of old E.P. One instance of mortality
Pennsylvania born: Carolina bred In Tennessee, died on his bed.
His youthful days he spent in pleasure: His latter days in gathering treasure. From superstition lived quite free And practiced strict mortality. To holy cheats was never willing To give one solitary shilling. He can forsee and far foreseeing He equals most men in seeing That Church and State will join
Their power; and misery on this earth shower. And Methodists with their camp bawling Will be the cause of this down falling. An era not destined to see it Waits for poor posterity.
First fruits and titles are odious things.
And so are Bishops, Priests, and Kings!"
The above copied from the tomb of Ezekiel Polk by a great, great, granddaughter, Mrs. Leila Hardeman Worcester of San Antonio, Texas.