I have been researching my family tree, taking over the work that my dad started many years ago. My dad, the family patriarch, is the keeper of the family genealogy, old family stories/scandals and ancient family pictures. We've had a good time together talking about family history and sharing our discoveries.
Of course, everything is a never ending project. More grave sites of ancestors to find and record. I also try to pay it forward by creating memorials for other people's loved ones along the way, time permitting.
My direct lineal ancestry on my paternal side goes back to my 11th great grandparents, Edward and Mary Bosworth, who sailed from England to Boston, Massachusetts aboard the "Elizabeth Dorcas" in 1634. From there, I descend from their son, Jonathan Bosworth, then from his son Jonathan Bosworth, Jr., who was married to Hannah Howland, daughter of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.
My grandmother immigrated from County Cavan, Ireland in 1907 and came with her sister through Ellis Island, New York. The rest of their family came soon after, with some moving on to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
My mother's people were all English, Irish, and Scottish immigrants to Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada; the Natick/Wellesley, Mass. area; and Upland, Pennsylvania.
Family surnames of interest: Bosworth, Gifford, Woodworth, Potter, Palmer, Wilbor, Wilcox, Bacon, Dixon, Chadwick, Merrihew, Spooner, Taber, Sampson, Tomson, and Bryant. Also, Gilston, McCracken, Waters, Jackson, and Mahood.
I invite & encourage anyone to leave notes and flowers on the memorials here, if you so choose. Thank you!
"A people that take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants." - Macaulay; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892, Page 627-629
Find-A-Grave is a fantastic place for memorializing the deceased and helping folks with family history research. I've met many kind, wonderful people through this activity. It is truly a blessing to collaborate with folks who give so generously and unselfishly of their time and energy, while continually striving to make the Find-A-Grave site a better place for all. Thank you for all your amazing work and caring, positive attitude!
Unfortunately, I've also seen the other side of the coin. The memorial manager or two who can be downright nasty and belligerent when asked to do simple edits, or when updated grave photos are added to memorials under their control. Sadly, a few folks seem to have lost sight of the real purpose for which these memorials to the dearly departed were created in the first place. Fortunately, the Curmudgeons and GrumpyGramps are in the minority here.
To these "Negative Nellies" I just have to say ~~ Seriously! Please get over yourself! It is not all about you! If you are rude, I will ignore you.
Copies of any rude, nasty, offensive messages left on my profile page will forwarded to the Find-A-Grave admins for handling.
Note: Find-a-Grave Policy ~~ Q.~ Is it acceptable to add a memorial for someone who is still living? (That is a memorial created from "pre-need" information on a grave marker.) A.~ Please try to avoid it. In general, we do not encourage adding memorials for individuals who are still living. Please do not add pre-need memorials to Find A Grave. Memorials for individuals who are alive will be removed when requested.....
Remember ~~ Memorials here are for the dearly departed, not the clearly still living!
Major Pet Peeve~~ People who create memorials as "burial unknown" with no cemetery based solely on information gleaned from online obituaries that are marked as "interment private". Then a contributor walks through the cemetery photographing markers and inadvertently creates a duplicate memorial because the departed is not already listed in that cemetery. This has become a big problem on Find-A-Grave and is a huge, huge headache to resolve.
Also on the peeve list~~ Contributors who think that pictures of tree stumps, leaves, weeds, shrubs, feet, camera straps, reflections of legs; plus crooked, warped, lousy angled, fuzzy, off-color, distant, out-dated, ILLEGIBLE headstone pictures are suitable grave photos for a loved one's Find-A-Grave memorial. If your original photo is of poor quality, I will add my photo on the memorial. Sorry. Don't get all offended.
Again, you are not doing the dearly departed or their family members any favors by churning out a crappy, sub-standard product because you can't be bothered to do the job right!
Also ~~ Please explain your relationship in any transfer request! Any non-direct relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) are not required to be transferred according to Find A Grave policies. But, I will likely do transfers outside of guidelines if I have no family attachment to the memorial. Please keep in mind that the original contributor may also be related to the memorial.
"Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there...I do not sleep. I am the thousand winds that blow... I am the diamond glints on snow... I am the sunlight on ripened grain... I am the gentle Autumn rain. When you waken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of gentle birds in circling flight... I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry - I am not there... I did not die." ~~Mary Elizabeth Frye
"Your tombstone stands among the rest; neglected and alone The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone It reaches out to all who care It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I'd exist You died and I was born. Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh, in blood, in bone. Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled one hundred years ago Spreads out among the ones you left who would have loved you so. I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew That someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you." ~~Author Unknown
Death Records I notice that from time to time you post death records post-1915. I wonder if in your travels you might come across the DR for Abby A (Manchester) Simmons DOD 10/20/1916, Dartmouth, MA, w/o George A Simmons. I am interested in the name of her father. I believe her mother was Almira Vickery (2nd marriage). Anyway, would deeply appreciate whatever you can offer Thank you
John Dyer I have a call into the Westport cemetery board to confirm if he is buried in Beech Grove. I suspect as a long time resident of Westport that may be the case. Most of my DYER clan are buried in Oak Grove or St Patricks in Fall River.
Ken Raposa GR Grandson of Annie DYER Grinnell-Foley
Rene Gagnon Hello, I made the edit you requested on Rene Gagnon. I was wondering if you knew Rene. His brother Henry was a friend and co-worker on mine on the Newport Navy Base back in the early 80's. Henry passed away in 1985 shortly after he retired, and I can't find where he is buried. He is not on Find A Grave. Would you know?