Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Street Raymond, Norwalk, CT - 1776


In Memory of
MR. STREET
RAYMOND
who died [November]
21st 1776 in the
26th Year of his
Age.


Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut

He was born June 25, 1751 to Eliakim Raymond and Hannah Street.  Though he was young when he died, Street had married Mary Hutton on December 28, 1774. 


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Elizabeth Peirce, Portsmouth, NH -1717


HERE LYES BURIED
Ye BODY OF MRS.
ELIZABETH PEIRCE
WIFE TO MR.
JOSHUA PEIRCE
DECEASED JANUARY 13 1717/8 IN
Ye 42D YEAR OF HER AGE


Point of Graves Cemetery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Thursday, January 13, 2011

After a Storm, Check On Your Local Cemetery

If you live in a place that is prone to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards or other natural disasters try to remember that your local cemetery can be impacted by these events too.  First check on the living and made sure they are safe and sound. After things have settled down and the storm has passed, don't forget to check on your local cemetery.  Impact from downed branches can cause tremendous damage to historic stones.

Don't try to clear the debris from the storm yourself.  Make note of the damage and its location and then call your town or city's public works department or the organization who oversees the cemetery.  They will schedule time to come out and remove the problem.  Come back at a later date after the debris is cleared and assess the damage.  It there is substantial damage make a plan to contact the local historical society/commission or the caretaker of the cemetery.

I stopped by my local cemetery this morning after yesterday's storm which dumped about 18 inches of snow.  I did find one large branch down in the newer section but it looked like it didn't fall on any stones.  I was very happy to see that the oldest part of the cemetery dating back to the 1750s was left serenely untouched.

Here are my photos from the trip:






Wednesday, January 12, 2011

In Life They Endured, In Death They Endure

Life for early New Englanders was a challenge to say the least.  They endured with the hopes of receiving their rewards in heaven. Little did they know they would have to continue to endure in death.  Surviving a New England winter is no easy task for gravestones as shown by these photos at Centre Burial Ground in Foxboro, Massachusetts.












Centre Burial Ground, Foxboro, Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Marcy Mann, Franklin, MA - 1789


In memory,
of Widdow
Marcy Mann
who died
February ye 11th
1789 in ye
70th, year of 
her age.


City Mills Cemetery, Franklin, Massachusetts