Brief Death Crown Census

Do you know what a “death crown” or a “feather death crown” or an “angel crown” is? The answer is here, but I’m curious to know if knowledge of them is still out in the world and how far it stretches.

8 thoughts on “Brief Death Crown Census

  1. I do not know this term and have never heard anyone use it but I saw one in a glass jar in my great-grandparents’ attic when I was about 11 or 12 years old. This is the side of my family that is French-Canadian, Scottish, and Irish. I believe the Scottish people may have spent some time in Appalachia pretty far back before they decided to be pioneers in the upper Midwest so that might match the origins they mentioned in some of the sources.

  2. Remember Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Feather Crowns”? I think it was published in the 1980’s. It’s about a woman in the early part of the 1900s who gave birth to a set of quintuplets. I can’t remember the how feather crowns played into the novel exactly, but I think a couple of the babies died in infancy and there were feather crowns in their pillows. A very good book – it includes a lot of history of that time period. It’s set in rural western Kentucky.

  3. I didn’t know that Bobbie Ann Mason book! Though I should have figured that, if anyone had written about them, she would have. I’ll have to check that out.

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