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Ryan-O (#46886020)
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Bio Photo Find-a-Grave rocks!

Please suggest a correction on a specific memorial using the Edit tabs.

I've lived in Massachusetts my whole life. Since 1988 I've been interested in my genealogy. I'm 25% Scottish, 12.5% Irish but I mostly descend from English families who came here 300-400 years ago. My immigrant ancestor, with the same last name, came to Massachusetts in the 1630's from France supposedly. I don't consider my self French, however, becuase it was so long ago and his genes have been watered down so much over the past 400 years. I'm a direct descendant of a Salem Witch who was hanged and also the judges that sentenced her to die. It's messed up. She was very old and blind, probably couldn't hurt a fly, and they hung her from a tree. I can't imagine living back then.

If I did not have to work I would grow a big bushy red beard (my work won't allow it) and buy a house with a porch. On that porch I would rock back and forth in my rocking chair, sporting a bad-ass kilt whilst learning to play the bag pipes....until I gave up 10 minutes later from being terrible at it.

If I was retired I would definitely travel the great continental 48 states in an RV searching out the historic landmarks of the USA. Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields would be on the list of places to visit. A 7th great-grandfather of mine was Gen. Artemas Ward (1727-1800.)


Don't let me die in an automobile
I wanna lie in an open field
want the snakes to suck my skin
want the worms to be my friends
want the birds to eat my eye
as here I lie
the clouds fly by

Let me know if you need a transfer if you can add more bio info. Hope everyone gets out there and photographs some stones - that is the main reason this site exists. Thanks.

I welcome edits even if it's just a GPS, plot number, marker transcription or middle/maiden name etc. I like complete memorials.

***SORRY, I DO NOT LINK TO RELATIVES THAT DO NOT HAVE A BURIAL LOCATION. This is Find-a-GRAVE after all. (There are some exceptions of course: scattered ashes and the like, but even then, there could be a headstone somewhere.) There doesn't have to be a memorial for every person that ever lived on Earth. is good for that.****

Found this inscribed on a stone in Warwick, Ma.:

"Low in the ground my bed is made,
here in the dark alone I'm laid.
Depart my friends and let me rest,
I'm weary of this wilderness."

Found this on a find-a-grave profile:

Old Bones' profile poem"

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 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.
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Ed Poulin
Hi Ryan,

Just letting you know that I've been doing the updates you have been suggesting lately. Keep 'em coming!

Added by Ed Poulin on May 27, 2016 10:22 PM
Annie E Regan and Kew family
Hi there,
You have a memorial set up for my 2x great grandma Martha C Kew. 96660077. She should be buried in close prox to my great grandma Annie E Regan. Burial:
Crystal Lake Cemetery
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: 556
Any chance you'll be making it back that way soon? I'd love a photo. I just sent away for her death certificate. :)
Added by ARB on May 25, 2016 8:10 AM
Karen Ferency Baker
RE: Philader Derby 95798424
Glad you could use the info. Thanks.
Added by Karen Ferency Baker on May 23, 2016 7:58 AM
Jaffrey Coburns
I deleted mine but didn't send update to R Moore, can you?
Added by Cheshire on May 09, 2016 10:10 AM
RE: Charles and Emelia (Reed) Hastings
Thanks Ryan,
You are correct. I did find the birth record - I was going by the marriage record, which gave his birthplace as Warwick, Franklin, Massachusetts. I did find both Charles and his wife in the Massachusetts death index as dying in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. As that was consistent with the previous censuses, I accepted it. I use Ancestry primarily and Family Search as a backup. I greatly appreciate your work - and your help on this. My husband is a distant cousin of Emily Josephine Reed.
Added by Sarah on May 05, 2016 9:26 AM
Randy Seaver
Nathan Gates - Gardner MA
Hi Ryan,

Thank you for searching for the elusive grave of Nathan Gates who died in 1830 in Gardner MA.

I appreciate the effort.

Cheers -- Randy Seaver
Added by Randy Seaver on May 03, 2016 10:41 AM
CLN Ancestry
RE: Albert D Arsenault 140783566
Albert is my maternal grandfather. A transfer would be fine. I hope to make it out there this month to get some photographs and info.
Added by CLN Ancestry on May 02, 2016 6:44 AM
LP Temple
RE: p.s.
The only documentation for birth I have seen is from his own claim when he applied for Social Security - and that place was Reading, MA. That's not best evidence, but it's not far off. The Social Security Applications and Claims Index was released last year - it is a terrific source for birth places, birth and death dates, though it sometimes disagrees with SSDI, parents' names, and for women, it also gives at least some of their married names.
Added by LP Temple on Apr 04, 2016 2:11 PM
LP Temple
RE: p.s.
My error - the SSACI gave 12 May - I mis-typed it. The errors in SSDI are usually in the year, not the date. This is the SSACI, however, which comes from the persons having to apply and establish a birth date, which tends to be more accurate.

No one ever filed for his death benefit, so he does not show up in SSDI. Sorry for my mistype - but I gather you think the SSACI is in error - hence my other question - on what basis? What is your better source?

L. Parker Temple
Researching TEMPLE Lines in North America

Added by LP Temple on Apr 04, 2016 11:59 AM
Thank you!!
Thank you so much for the transfer! Have a lovely day!
Added by toujoursfia on Mar 29, 2016 2:25 PM
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