Follow Beechum Rhodes, & Robert Stockton, in frontier Fleming County KY, during 1788: http://rhodesfamily.org/beechum_fleming_KY.php
Here is the link: The Rodes Family of Virginia
I haven’t been real big on colorizing old photos due to the fact many times it does not look natural. I found the work of a woman on on the Net, she goes by Klimbim, her work is very impressive as the photo of Abe attests. I suggest you drop by her Blog at: COLOR BY KLIMBIM
New Year Wishes c.1877
This 1868 patent is one of the earliest American coffin patents. The idea is that you’d only be buried up to the air holes. Then, should you pull on a lever, you could either ring a bell or simply lift the lid and use a ladder to climb out of your own accord. If you didn’t for a week or so, then they’d finish burying you. . . . . .
Go here to see the compete post: Coffin Technologies from the 1800s That Protect You fom Being Buried Alive