Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MT. ZION CEMETERY, WHITMAN MA., 11JULY 2011

The first time I visited Mt.Zion Cemetery in Whitman was in winter. This time I
returned in summer when I had more time to look at the headstones. Whitman
used to be part of Abington, Ma. where I live and up until it split away it was
known as South Abington. There are many headstones of older Abington families
there dating from the late 1700's:

Gideon Ramsdell died 28Feb 1795 "Life how short, Eternity how long.




Lydia Brown's headstone has sunken in so far her death date is hidden: 



Mrs. Silence Reed, relict of Adam Reed 29July 1810














John Brown 5 September 1816


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY, MARSHFIELD, MA., 1JUNE 2012 PT3

Some last pictures of Cedar Grove Cemetery in Marshfield, Ma:

Old headstones sometimes give information that makes you wonder what the
story is behind them. Look at where this married couple died. Was the husband
a sea captain, or was he a merchant?





One of my Harlow cousins:



A close fit with the access ramp to the church. Unfortunately, the inscription is blocked:

Some of my Foord/Ford cousins:







Another gravestone with two men of Marshfield who died far from home:


 

Finally, there are several Delano family monuments. FDR's relatives lived in
Marshfield and neighboring Duxbury.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY, MARSHFIELD, MA., 1JUNE 2012 PT2

More from Cedar Grove Cemetery in Marshfield, Ma.:






I see these plants in many of the older cemeteries in this area:





A monument to some of my Ford family cousins:


The older graves are closer to the road and around the church:




These are some headstones belonging to members of the Winslow family. The
orange color on two of them is caused by the rusting metal frames around the
headstones:





The gravestone of Snow Winslow has weathered the elements better than those of relatives:



Headstones of some of my Thomas family cousins:



To be continued.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY, MARSHFIELD, MA., 1JUNE 2012 PT1

Cedar Grove Cemetery in Marshfield Ma. is right on Rte 139 just before entering
Marshfield Center. And when I say, I mean only a few feet from the cars passing by:






As close as the front is to the road, the rest of the cemetery extends some
distance in and there is an access road into it. Be careful entering and exiting
because of the high volume of traffic on Rte 139.




This cemetery is around 300 years old and encloses the Congregational Church.
Also known as the Old Burying Ground, it's the final resting place of some of my
Carver, Cushman, Ford, Thomas, and Tilden cousins.



I visited Cedar Grove in late June and the grass was mown, but there were some
gravestones overgrown by weeds and bushes:


and in some spots displaced by trees:


Still, it's a beautiful cemetery:


To be continued.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

SOUTH MIDDLEBORO CEMETERY, MIDDLEBORO, MA. 11JUN 2012 PT3

I knew that my 5x great grandfather Caleb Benson had been buried here but
while I found headstones for many Benson family cousins, I didn't find
Caleb's on this trip:


My 3rd cousin 4x removed Ansel Benson.

The rusted gate to the burial plot of Consider Benson & family.



First cousin 6x removed Lieut. Consider Benson





Second cousin 5x removed Asa Benson & wife Druzilla.
About a week later I made a return visit. It appears Caleb's original
stone had been destroyed by weather or vandalism and after searching
around a bit I found a newer marker for him :
 




This marker was the first hint I had that Caleb was a clergyman.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SOUTH MIDDLEBORO CEMETERY, MIDDLEBORO, MA. 11JUN 2012 PT2

The South Middleboro Cemetery is located on the grounds of the South
Middleborough United Methodist church in Middleborough, Ma. The two
different spellings come from the New England custom of dropping the old
fashioned spelling for a shorter version of the name. There are a number
of towns in Massachusetts that may be spelled officially with the "borough"
but are frequently spelled with the "boro" unofficially. 

Besides the shorter version fits better on many signs









SOUTH MIDDLEBORO CEMETERY, MIDDLEBORO, MA. 11JUN 2012 PT1

A few years ago I was visiting the South Middleboro Cemetery in Middleboro
Ma. looking for graves of my Benson relatives and came across a set of headstones
that caught my attention even though they were not for any of my relations. Living
in Massachusetts I've visited many old cemeteries and seen various methods of
preservation for deteriorating headstones such as the framing on these. But there
were two things about these that I had never seen before. One was the concrete
base. None of the other headstones in the cemetery had it and whoever had made
it was probably trying to both prop the stones up in a secure position and prevent
them from sinking into the ground:



The other item were the metal plates fastened to the backs of the stones. They
had more information added to the text of the original inscriptions(I've boldfaced
the parts I believe were added):



"Grandson Of The Nameless
Nobleman Of Plymouth
In Memory Of Mr John
LeBarron.       He Died
Aug 1 1801
Aged 79 Years  & 4 Months."



"In Memory Of Mrs
Mary -Raymond- Wife
Of Mr John LeBarron
She Died March 25 1791
Aged 60 Years & 8 Months


Repaired 1974 By R M LeBarron R D 1
Greenwood PA"

Next to these there was another repaired gravestone. The metal plate
was fastened to the front of this one:



"In Memory Of Martha-Benson- Widow Of 
William Parker-Who Died Oct 13 1777
In The 76th Year Of Her Life -Martha
Was Married First To James LeBarron-Son
Of The Nameless Nobleman Of Plymouth-
James Died May 10 1744 & Martha Married
William May15 1745-James Is Probably
Buried Here Beside Martha -As Is Her
Son LeBaron           Robert M LeBarron
                      R D 2                   1974 "