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goose (#47534920)
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Bio Photo AKA ~ Carol

~~ Life is lived forward, but understood backward ~~

My goal is to help others, searching for family. I find it extremely rewarding. Thank you Find A Grave for having such a great site and all the volunteers willing to spend countless hours, walking cemeteries photographing, cleaning (and yes I follow the rules), editing, researching and in some cases returning to figure out the missing pieces. Putting a photo, a document, a bit of history of the person and the grave stone on the memorial is a complete picture for us to enjoy. Your work is an enormous gift.

While researching our family I used this site and found it to be a valuable tool. I prefer to walk the cemeteries to photograph when I can. I do some edits, and add documents (particularly military, death, and obits) while making the memorials. It's a great hobby. Please be kind to those who are willing to volunteer to help. The words "Please and thank you" are always welcomed.

I have been a genealogy buff for over 40 years. After learning my maternal parents and great grandparents came here to make a better life, I actively researched to find all the connections. My husband and I were fortunate enough to visit their homeland in St. Cecile/Fontenoille Belgium in 2011 where we met more family.

I look to find small, backyard cemeteries and photograph all the stones. I have completed most of the cemeteries in the Freetown and Assonet with help from the Freetown Cemetery Office, Mike and Kevan. With the help of J. King, who has worked with me to located many cemeteries in Dartmouth, I have photographed many of them also.

I have been able to work with graver friends Chip who had set up most of those cemeteries in those towns and many others in the area. I have also worked closely with J. Bosworth in several cemeteries as a team. One of those cemeteries I take a good deal of pride in is the Veteran's section in Pine Grove Cemetery, where I worked with Jim Grasela to completely photograph those stones. I can't thank them enough for the dedication, hard work and help.

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*The Dash~*~*~*~*~*

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash… would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash?

​Copyright 1996 Linda Ellis


Your life is now, seize it and make it amazing. Find your voice, discover your passion and pursue it, be honest, generous and kind. Surround yourself with love, laughter and truth. Let your heart be your guide. Be brave and wild at heart. Take chances, ask questions, be fearless, make a difference. Live your dream, wear your passion, be creative.


Family surnames: Champluvier, Charron, Chauvin/Shover, LaFountain, Ledoux/Sweet, Protin, Tetreault/Tatro and variations

Also: Bailey, Burt, Church, Fuller, Jenkins, Strange, Warren and Weber

I have an interest in families: Ashley, Crapo, Gifford, King, Potter, Westgate among others.

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J Blue
Thank You!
Thank you for the photos of Jonathan & Sarah Smith's headstones! That was really fast! I'm guessing that either Ann didn't have one or I've sent this before you could get it uploaded :)

The photos make a great contribution to the page!
Added by J Blue on Nov 17, 2015 6:29 PM
Erin Bohannon
Weeks family
I just ran across a whole slew of my family that you had photographed in Evergreen Cemetery, and I just had to stop by your page and say Thank You! It is so awesome to click on a name, find them in my tree, and see exactly how they are related AND see their grave! Thank you so much for all your hard work!
Added by Erin Bohannon on Nov 09, 2015 9:28 AM
Bill Bourbeau
Ledoux, Sweet, Seweet, etc.
FYI I finally found the headstone for Frank (118244896) & Julia (118245573) at St. Bernard's, Fitchburg. It was tucked away in an area that's being overtaken by brush. I was actually clearing the brush around the headstone for Henry & Irene Rivers when I accidently found it.

I'll need to return to clear more brush, and plan to take better photos as well.

Added by Bill Bourbeau on Oct 25, 2015 10:18 AM
Debra Jean
Steven B. Skiff photos
Carol, Thank you ever so much for the photo of my ancestors graves. It means so much and is deeply appreciated... God bless you!
Added by Debra Jean on Oct 17, 2015 5:14 PM
RE: Plissey photos
Your welcome. If weather holds and we don't get to much snow I hope the start on the Riverside Cem. in Washburn in the next two weeks. I see you have a lot there. Hope I can get a few a least before it gets to cold. Take care and glad to help when I can.

Added by Moodyhomestead on Oct 14, 2015 2:09 PM
Jim Grasela
The Rotch house was named for one of the Rotches, I'm not sure which one.
Added by Jim Grasela on Oct 05, 2015 6:37 PM
Perry W. Caldwell
Michele R. Bailey links
The two links have been merged.
Thanks for your concern,
Added by Perry W. Caldwell on Sep 29, 2015 7:15 AM
Raven Davis Cotter
Davis and Parker Families
Thank you Goose! You've helped me more times than I've kept track! You are a wonderful human being and a true asset to Find-A-Grave!
Added by Raven Davis Cotter on Sep 25, 2015 12:54 PM
Russ Pickett
RE: David Wotton transfer
You are more than welcome. :-)

David is also noted on the below webpage with a link to his grave.

Thanks My Friend,
Russ Pickett Find A Grave # 46575736
( Vietnam Army Veteran - Staff Sergeant )
Added by Russ Pickett on Sep 11, 2015 3:54 AM
Hilda Esther Martin Barfoot
you said:

Thank you for posting the photo. Too bad I drove to the Cape to get it. Also too bad, you are unwilling to transfer memorials to close family.

Too bad you do not have your messages unabled so you can't be contacted.

Sometimes we need to be reminded to play nice with others. Happy graving

my reply:
You can add a bio without having to manage the memorial.You have added the limit of photos.

Have a great holiday.
Added by ditdit on Sep 06, 2015 3:39 AM
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