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I received an email from MOCA yesterday telling me their listings of the Cemetery in Ashland/Sheridan as listed in their inventory as: Old Saint Mark's Cemetery (they buried until 1937) AND New Saint Mark's Cemetery (they currently bury there now)|
NOW, according to the Catholic Church - they tell me the name of the Old Catholic Cemetery is Sheridan Mountain Cemetery and the New Catholic Cemetery is called just Saint Mark's Cemetery.
SO, I have conjoined my conversations with all parties involved in whom I correspond with so that this can be corrected once and for ALL!! And, yes, I am photographing everything at what is known today as "Saint Mark's Cemetery" and have finished nearly 300+/- stone markers to verify the facts.
I hope in the very near future to have everyone properly added to the right Cemetery.
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|Grace ||# 51507534 Leon P. Hayes|
Middle name Pearl. son of John Fremont Hayes & Elizabeth J. Littlefield. Leon died in York, York,ME. He was born in Dover, New Hampshire. He needs to be connected to his wife Helen Louise (Downs) Hayes in same cemetery. Her middle initial is L. She was born in Roxbury, Mass. and died in York,York, Maine. Leon worked as a rigger at the Portsmouth Navy Yard & Helen was a nurse. (info from census & Leon's birth record) Grace
Added by Grace on Sep 22, 2014 12:01 PM
|Laura Dalin||RE: Frederick Hollis Wood|
Sorry I will go back up there and search again but this is from the book which is how I found him I will talk to Ken again and see what I can do Laura
|Dirigo 04736||RE: Sacred Heart Cemetery|
I did notice that a couple weeks ago. There is a Sacred Heart Cemetery listed in "Soldier Pond". And the other is listed in "Aroostook County". I believe one listed in "Aroostook County" is supposed to be the Sacred Heart Cemetery in North Caribou. I been meaning to take a drive there and compare the names with the listing of people assigned there. I added my Uncle to the Sacred Heart in "Soldier Pond" and linked him to his wife and children. Some time after when I went to add some more family to Sacred Heart "Soldier Pond" I notice there were two and my Uncle's wife and child were in the other one. However the Sacred Heart in "Soldier Pond" is a very small cemetery and I doubt has five hundred memorials let alone the 768 that are assigned to the Sacred Heart "Aroostook". I am hoping to have time to check it out this week.
|Armand O'Clair||Thank you|
Glad to see Dora with her husband. Made the moves of my memorials to Saint Marks. All but two are together now! Thanks so much for photographing ALL the O'Clair headstones. It's a great accomplishment and makes visiting the memorial site so real.
|Armand O'Clair||Dora Pelletier|
I moved Dora Pelletier to Saint Marks Cemetery as you suggested. Unfortunately, she's no longer with her husband Everett who is in the "Sheridan Cemetery" as a result of the same two/one Sheridan cemetery problem you know about. Perhaps Sally will be more responsive than the other contributor you've dealt with.
|Armand O'Clair||RE: "old" Sheridan Cemetery|
Spoke last night with my cousin who lives on the Sheridan Road across from the mouth of Quimby Street which now provides the best access to the old cemetery. She reports that volunteers have worked in recent years to clear the trees and brush from the cemetery. When active the cemetery was accessed by a road from the church (the one depicted in the photo which nicely accompanies your messages) but the road has since been reclaimed by tree growth. When I last visited the cemetery some years ago, it was overgrown with trees, some growing out of the graves themselves. I got there by going nearly to the end of Quimby Street and veering to the right into what was then field. To the right was a wooded area and about two hundred yards from the street was located the cemetery. It was surrounded by a wire mesh fence and at the rear, toward the field, was a large rusted cross. I don't know what the area looks like now after the volunteer work. There may be a path.
When the cemetery was active my older brothers were altar boys. They related that sometimes they would linger at the site after the funeral and watch as men stood on the coffin to sink it into the water-filled grave. After soil weighed the coffin and air escaped, the coffin was covered and the hole filled. I don't know about coffins washing down the hill, but spring run-off from the "mountain" may have resulted in such an occurrence.
Family members, dismayed that their loved ones' remains spent eternity under water, moved to have a new cemetery created. My oldest brother was buried in the old cemetery in 1931. From what I remember from my visit in the 1960's, there were at least a hundred graves. Family survivors have since moved some remains to the new cemetery. One of these was Moses Leblanc, a prominent businessman in Sheridan in the early years, who was moved to the new cemetery to be beside his wife. My sister, who died in 1940, was one of the first to be buried in the new cemetery on the road between Ashland and Sheridan, the "Sheridan Cemetery" or "Saint Marks Catholic Cemetery." As you are probably aware, the Ashland Municipal Cemetery is also on the Sheridan Road, just down the hill from the center of the village.
|Armand O'Clair||RE: O'Clair Family|
I get the impression from your message that I have somehow offended you, that I have made you question... that your efforts are not appreciated? I have nothing but respect for all that you do. Your photos of the O'Clair markers are a great addition to the memorials. I DO thank you for myself and on behalf of the rest of my family and the findagrave family at large. As I think about your comment, I hope that my remarks about the confusion existing regarding the cemeteries in Sheridan were not meant as a negative reflection of your efforts. If I had the skills and the authority, I would do what I could to combine those sites and alleviate the confusion.
|Armand O'Clair||RE: O'Clair Family|
Thanks so much for the rapid response. I'm curious as to where you live, or are staying, to be making nightly trips to the cemetery. I am so amazed at what so many people do to make this site possible!
|Armand O'Clair||Sheridan Cemetery|
Actually, there are three cemeteries in Sheridan, Maine if one counts the original cemetery and, like Find a Grave, the "Sheridan Cemetery" and "Saint Marks Catholic cemetery." The first cemetery was begun behind the Sheridan Catholic church. The church is now closed and the first cemetery was closed in the 1940's because the water table was so close to the surface. The new cemetery was begun on the main road between Ashland and Sheridan. On Find a Grave the cemetery has two sites: the Sheridan Cemetery and Saint Marks Catholic cemetery. There is only one active cemetery in Sheridan. (I'm a native of the area and have never heard of Quimby Street...I'm thinking it may have been the street leading to Sheridan "Mountain" which also provided access to the inactive cemetery, and may be part of the confusion that exists regarding the "two" cemeteries.) Your recent addition of memorials is creating duplicates, as you will see if you do a search of "O'Clairs" in Aroostook County,,, Leo and Faye, for example.
|Sally - Midcoast Maine||RE: Saint Mark's Cemetery|
The list can be found here:
I do not think it will help with locations, as it is what I used and they were in the wrong place. But there is other useful info in it.
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