Monday, February 8, 2016

52 GRAVESTONES IN 52 WEEKS 4: TILDEN FAMILY PLOT, MARSHFIELD HILLS CEMETERY PT1

Another photo from my  20111 visit to the Marshfield Hills Cemetery in Marshfield, Ma.
It's another family plot for members of the Tilden family, so these are more distant cousins. I'm
descended from Nathaniel Tilden, my 9x great grandfather. His son Stephen (my 8x great
grandfather) lived in Marshfield with his wife Hannah Little, who he married there in 1661.





 The family name is easily visible at the bottom of the monument... 


...but the names of the family members are weathered and difficult to read.

These headstones are also in tough shape.


Luckily, there were two gravestones with readable first names, and that helped me determine which
Tildens are buried here. I'll discuss that in the next post.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

52 GRAVESTONES IN 52 WEEKS 3: REV. GEORGE LEONARD OF MARSHFIELD, MA.



    REV. GEORGE LEONARD,
                  Son of
    REV. ELIJAH LEONARD.
Born in Marshfield May 26, 1801.
                Graduated at
     Harvard University 1823.
Ordained vat Marshfield 1836.
Pastor of Second Congregational
        Society for 25 years.
             Died July 9, 1881.
A faithful and beloved minister.
A preacher direct and sincere in speech.
An affectionate husband, a kind father.
An honored and trusted citizen.
His memory will be a legacy of honor
and inspiration to the community.
 "Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord."

                   CHARLOTTE E.
                        His widow
                  Died Nov.21, 1884.
                       Aged 78 years.
          "Her children shall arise up and call  
          her blessed."


Charlotte's full name is Charlotte Emmeline (Washburn) Leonard. It turns out she is a distant cousin
through my Edson, Fobes, and Packard family lines. I didn't know we were related until just now as
I wrote this blog entry.

Despite the great esteem Rev. George Leonard was held in at the time of his death in 1881, when I
visited the Marshfield Hills Cemetery in 2011, the Leonard family plot was overrun by weeds and
young trees:







I'll have to go back to the cemetery this summer to see what condition the plot is in now.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

52 GRAVESTONES IN 52 WEEKS 2: PHINEAS PRATT OF WEYMOUTH, MA.


For this week I'm returning to one of my favorite cemeteries, Cohasset Central Cemetery.
This family monument caught my eye:





It's a memorial to Phineas Pratt and some of his descendants. Here's a closer view
of the inscription:






And my transcription:

This stone erected to the memory of
the Pratt family by their descendants.

Phineas Pratt came over from England
with the Weston Colony in 1622, and
first settled at Weymouth. The Indians
threatening to destroy the colonies, he
traveled in the then wilderness with the
Indians threatening to destroy him.

He died at Charlestown April 19, 1680,
aged 90 years, and had a tombstone yet
to be seen. One of his sons, Aaron,
settled in this place, and died in 1735
aged 81 years. Aaron his son died in
1767 aged 77 years. Thomas, son of
Aaron 2 died 1818 aged 85 years.
Sarah his wife died 1806 aged 62
years.

It is hoped and believed that their
memory will be handed down to the
latest generations and that when this
stone has crumbled to dust, that our
descendants will erect another more
durable.

__________________
Time and weather having erased the
inscription on the reverse of this stone,
the descendants of Phineas Pratt have
placed here this more durable legend,
as the original charged us to do.

AD 2000
___________________
Underlines mark correction to original text


The story about Phineas Pratt can be found in many books on Plimouth Plantation.
Because I live in Abington, just south of Weymouth, I've also seen it mentioned in
a book about the history of Abington.

I think it's great that the family descendants added a more lasting copy of the inscription
as their ancestors wished.

And I think that bird is a red-tailed hawk.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

52 GRAVESTONES IN 52 WEEKS 1: URIAH BARTLETT OF KINGSTON, MA.

The Old Burial Ground is located in Kingston, Ma., the town just north of Plymouth. It's located
behind the First Congregationalist Church on Route 106 and has some very interesting headstones.
Some of them have quite a bit of information about the people buried there. Here's one for a gentleman named Uriah Bartlett:    




The stone reads:
            In Memory of
       URIAH BARTLETT  

       Born July 23, 1789,
       Died August 2, 1883,
          in his 95th year.
  He served in the War of 1812
and was a representative in the
General Court in 1813 and 1815.


   As a boy he had talked with the
venerable Ebenezer Cobb of this
town who was born in 1694 and
died in 1801, and who in his own
boyhood had known Peregrine White
who was born on the MAYFLOWER
in 1620 and died in 1704.
                 ________
    "Thou shall go to thy fathers in
peace, thou shall be buried in a
grand old age."           Genesis XV., 15.


It's amazing to think that a man who died in 1883 had spoken with a man who had known
Mayflower baby Peregrine White!
 

NEW YEAR, NEW LEAF

It's 2016 and like every New Year of the past few years I've made a resolution to write more
posts for this blog. If you look at the total posts for each year over on the right hand side of
the screen its obvious I haven't kept that resolution. To be honest this blog has always taken a
backseat  to my genealogy blog, and that won't change this year. But I'm adopting a new strategy
to help me do better here.

Two years ago Amy Johnson Crow of the No Story Too Small geneablog started  the 52 Ancestors
in 52 Weeks Challenge and it has been a big help in keeping me writing and researching. So I thought the same method might help me here, a sort of "52 Gravestones in 52 Weeks".

I live in Southeastern Massachusetts in Plymouth County, and the cemeteries here have gravestones
that tell interesting stories of Pilgrims, Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans, and sea captains who died far from home. I should have plenty of material for those 52 weeks.

Now all I have to do is write those 52 (or more) posts.   

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WENHAM CEMETERY, CARVER, MA. 30APR2012 PT2

The Wenham Cemetery contains graves of distant cousins from the Barrows,
Dunham, and Faunce families. This post will deal with the Barrows family. My
immigrant ancestor was John Barrowe/Barrow/Barrows and I'm descended from
his son Robert, my 7x great grandfather, and then his son George Barrows. The
Barrows family members I found buried in the Wenham Cemetery descend
from another of Robert's sons, John Barrows.

My 3rd cousin 5x removed Asa Barrows.

His wife Deborah Dewey
Their children Isaac, Asa, and Almira Barrows


Their granddaughter, Jane (Barrows) Skinner
Next, the Dunhams.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WENHAM CEMETERY, CARVER, MA. 30APR2012 PT1

Wenham Cemetery in Carver Ma. dates from 1770 and is also known as the
East Carver Cemetery. It's located on Wenham Rd which passes by several
cranberry bogs along the way. I visited it on a warm April afternoon in 2012
looking for cousins from my Dunham and Barrows lines.


 



The woods at the back of the cemetery. I wonder if those steps were for kids or a hunter?  
The view from the back of the cemetery across Wenham Rd. towards a cranberry bog.   


Next post, what and who I found there.