The inscription underneath the relief on his grave monument says "Sacred to the Memory of Dr. Cowles Mead Vaiden,
Born in Charles City Co., VA, April 21, 1812
Removed to Mississippi in 1837
Died in Carroll Co., Feb 6, 1880"
The statue of an angel sitting to the right of the large marble monument in Vaiden Cemetery once graced its top. During a tornado in 1989, the statue was blown off and decapitated. Although the angel's head was later found and reattached, an arm and a wing were never recovered. A full description of this large marble monument can be read here. The death of Dr. Cowles Mead Vaiden, for whom the town of Vaiden, Mississippi in Carroll County, Mississippi is named, prompted the newspaper notice below:
Death of Dr. C.M. Vaiden
"A good man has fallen in
Daily Clarion, Jackson, Miss., February 18, 1880, P.2., Col. 2.
The Late Dr. Cowles Mead Vaiden
"Though the health of Dr. Vaiden had been bad for years and disease had wasted his frame, he had resisted its gradual encroachments with so much resolution and borne his afflictions with so much unfailing fortitude, that few of his friends realized that he was for a long time on the brink of the grave, and when at last his physical forces succumbed to the destroyer, they were unprepared for the melancholy announcement that his brave and gentle spirit had indeed passed through the shadow of the dark valley and entered into life and immortality beyond. He was born in
He was married in
In May, 1838, Dr. Vaiden removed to
More information about the Cowles, Mead, and Vaiden families, including a complete lineage for the Mead family, can be found here.