Sunday, December 22, 2013


Every Fall when I take pictures at cemeteries for Find A Grave,
I'm also taking foliage shots for my own enjoyment. After all, I live
in southeastern Massachusetts with some of the oldest cemeteries in
the state, and although it's not quite as spectacular as up north, foliage
season is still very colorful around here.

So here's some of my favorite pictures from this past Autumn:    

Mt Pleasant cemetery, Rockland, Ma.  

Mt.Vernon Cemetery Abington, Ma.
Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Abington, Ma.
Mt Vernon Cemetery, Abington, Ma
Colebrook Cemetery, Whitman, Ma
Center Cemetery, Hanover, Ma.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


As I said, there's a lot of my Barrows, Ellis, and Griffith relatives buried at the
Union Cemetery in Carver, Ma. I'm not familiar with many of the names since
I haven't done a lot of work on the collateral lines yet. Many of them are buried
at the far right end of this lane, which also includes monuments to members of
the Savery family who were prominent in the town's early history.

As you reach the end of the lane there are several Ellis and Griffith family plots
with wrought iron fences around them. There's a curious little cupola with a tile
floor between the plot of my 6x great grandfather Ephraim Griffith/Griffeth and
that of his son Obed's family.

Beyond then are a few larger family vaults and a monument.:

This last vine covered vault is of Matthias Ellis and his wife, Sarah Seymour
Forsyth.Sarah died at Stuttgart, Germany in 1876 and Matthias died three years
later back in Carver, There's a story there that I definitely have to look into.


Thursday, March 7, 2013


During my trips last year to area cemeteries here in southeastern Massachusetts,
I came to the conclusion that  9 out of 10 times where there is a white wooden
church, there is a cemetery somewhere close by. In many cases the cemetery is
located on the church grounds or next to them, as in the Union Cemetery in South
Carver, Ma.

The Union Church dates from 1855, but the cemetery is nearly 100 years older, 
and as it turns out it has significance in my family history:

"Union Cemetery.

The land for Union Cemetery was given from the Barrows estate. The oldest
inscriptions are for the year 1777 in memory of Nathan who died Oct. 22nd
and Bethuel who died Nov. 2nd of that year, both sons of Jonathan and Lydia
Barrows. The west addition was made through a gift from Maj. Thomas B. Griffith,
and the ground was cared for during the last half of the last century by William
Savery in an individual capacity. In 1906 the cemetery was incorporated as "The
Union Cemetery of South Carver" with the following incorporators: Alfred M.
Shaw, S. Dexter Atwood, Henry S. Griffith, Josiah W. Atwood, N. G. Swift, John
Bent, Gustavus Atwood, Marcus Atwood, John F. Shaw and Mrs. Eldoretta McFarlin.
-History of the town of Carver, Massachusetts: historical review, 1637-1910  By
Henry S. Griffith, (E. Anthony & Sons , New Bedford, Ma, 1918)p249

The Union cemetery is fortunate in the possession of the Jesse Murdock and 

Fanny Murdock endowments for general repairs, which with the many 
endowments for private lots insures the perpetual care and improvement of 
the ground and with the many costly monuments this cemetery has earned 
the name of:  "The Mount Auburn of Plymouth County."- P247 "

I didn't know when I visited Union Cemetery that it was on land once owned by
some of my Barrows and Griffith relatives. I did know that my 6x great grandfather
Ephraim Griffith was buried there. and while "The Mount Auburn of Plymouth
County" might be a bit of civic puffery, Union Cemetery is beautiful.      

To be continued.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


After leaving Lakenham Cemetery I continued further down Rte 58 to another
location in Carver, Ma. The Central Cemetery is situated behind the United
Church of  Carver, and there are more of my Barrows and Ellis cousins laid
to rest here.

This is the headstone of Lothrop Barrows,  my 2nd cousin 5x removed. It's right
 at the entrance to the cemetery, on the right hand side as you enter through the
gate by the Church. I didn't realize it at the time but there's something wrong with
this picture that I took. Lothrop Barrows was a Captain in the Massachusetts
State Militia and he died on 6ul 1857. The medallion on the flag holder is one for
a member of the Grand army of the Republic, the Civil War Union Army veterans'
organization. My guess is it was uprooted from it's proper location either by the
wind or human hands and was put here by mistake by someone trying to show respect.

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Lakenham Cemetery in Carver, Ma. sits a little bit further south on Rte 58
from Plympton, I haven't found a date for when it was established but many
of the  headstones date from the early 18th century. It sits on a hill on a
sidestreet overlooking Rte. 58 with a view of the cranberry bog on the other
side of  the highway. There are more of my distant Barrows, Dunham and
Ellis cousins buried  there but again the headstones, many of which are the
work of George  Soule and his family,  are weathered and difficult to decipher.
I was however, able to find the gravestones of my 6x great grandparents
George Barrows and Patience Simmons, and of George's second wife, Hannah

A monument to some Dunham cousins at the cemetery entrance.

Gravestone of Patience Simmons Barrows.1672-1723

Hannah Ransom Barrows 1671-1758

George Barrows.1670-1758

The view down to Rte.58 and a cranberry bog beyond.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


After my visits to the Hillcrest and Congregational Cemeteries on Rte 58 in
Plympton, I drove over to Middleborough to the Cemetery on The Green. It's
located on Rte 105 across the street from the First Congregational Church
and has also been known as the Parish Burial Grounds. The first burial
there was in 1717 and as at Hillcrest, there are cousins from my Barrows,
Benson, and Ellis lines buried there.

The view across Rte 105 towards the First Congregational Church
Some of my Barrows cousins.

And some Ellis cousins
As in most cemeteries the older graves are at the front and the newer ones at the
rear. But this new monument seems out of place, almost like the black monolith
at the start of the 2001:A Space Odyssey movie:

My favorite modern gravestone

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Across the street from Hillcrest Cemetery in Plympton is the First Congregational
Church. Behind the Church is a cemetery that was established in 1834. It's quite
a bit smaller and shadier than Hillcrest and there are a few Ellis cousins buried