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Jack Parker (#47734878)
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Bio Photo *** Apologies if I'm not responsive in a timely manner, trying to maintain focus on the job at hand and (300+) emails are collecting that I have flagged to deal with ***

Junior genealogist - with an email address, a car and a digital camera.

Photos I take belong to the people who ask for them. You are free to do whatever you wish to with them. I ask that they not be published on pay-to-view sites.

I pay a lot of attention to the sun and try to avoid reflecting myself in any photo. That means that at times I take photos at odd angles. I will visit any given headstone a number of times trying to get the right light on it. Sometimes that doesn't work out and I file a crappy photo - when you see such a photo, please tell me to go take a better one.

I want to thank everyone who has stepped up and offered corrections or taken transfers for the cemeteries I've been working, it's been a rewarding experience.

I am in the process of visiting all of Danvers cemeteries and ensuring they are fully catalogued. I am only posting fresh photos when I think mine are better or show something different. If you object, drop me a line and we can chat.


I do take breaks and handle occasional photo requests - if you have a location, that makes it a lot more tempting. It's a challenge to walk a large cemetery looking for two headstones and then have 4 more requests for the same cemetery a week later.

I trim my messages and only leave those that I need to do something about - I'm not hating you, just trying to use the messages to advantage. (Although I think I will keep the message from Billie forever - such an inspiration)

Complete: (Using Mass Vital Records numbering)
GR1 Wadsworth - added some 400 memorials and photos.
GR2 Nurse (checked - was complete)
GR3 Endicott (checked - was complete)
GR4 Preston (tucked away behind Putnam - added a few (NEEDS TO BE RE-DONE - MISSED A LOT)
GR5 Prince (catalogued and photographed)
GR6 Putnam (catalogued and photographed)
GR7 Russell (checked - added a few missing ones)
GR8 Porters Burying Ground (High street - added a few)
GR9 Holten - fair sized
Completely photographed. ~1400 added to date.
Some of the photos are less than optimal. Let me know if you find a horrible one that should be re-taken. Holten has run out of land and money. The town is trying to figure out what to do
GR11 Walnut Grove - All sections photographed, stone by stone. Many thanks to Mom for managing all of the memorials.
GR13 Hutchinson (catalogued and photographed)
GR14 (Tapley / Preston) Old Settlers - (Photographed)
GR15 Putnamville (checked - was complete)
GR16 Swin(n)erton (checked - was complete)
GR20 Buxton/Goodale (checked - was complete)
GR21 Pope private burial ground, Finally found it! Photographed.
.(GR7/Beverly in MVR) Leech/East Danvers (checked - was complete)
Porter/Bradstreet Cemetery (off locust street, near Connors farm) This is a 17th century cemetery which is not mentioned in MVR. All of the markers are field stone markers without inscriptions. According to the town archivist the only known internment is Ann[a] Porter.

In Progress
Riverview in Groveland (I have some relatives there) about 80% done.
St. Marys in Salem. A group of us are tackling that one.
??? St Mary Sylvan St - moderate size, but Catholic, so every headstone has 20 names.
??? Xavierian (waiting for SJP to file obits to add remaining 200+ photos) - perhaps a student project?

In Queue
??? Danvers State Hospital - finally found it!
??? Anshe Sfard - there are about 10 cemeteries back in those woods
??? Annunciation - Large

Defunct - exist in records, but not on the ground.
??? Potter's field (off Adams street, empty lot behind St Mary's, but no headstones)
GR17 Pedricks Cemetery (not on FaG) (behind the high school I suppose accessible from the Rail Trail, only has one headstone which I gather has since vanished)
GR10 Putnam (off Sylvan street, bodies moved to Porter's ca. 1920)
GR12 Jacobs private burial ground, Gardner's Hill (have not found)
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William Frost 157947384
Thank you for your email. I was referring to William's mother, Esther (Grant) Frost.
Added by DASG on Feb 08, 2016 10:39 PM
Helen Schievelbein
Marion Harward
Thank you Jack I appreciate you adding the marker to her site
#157535261. I appreciate that you offered to add it.
Have a great day!
Added by Helen Schievelbein on Jan 30, 2016 1:20 PM
Crombie stone
Thank you for posting your photo. Grateful across the miles. God bless.
Added by naominlester on Jan 29, 2016 6:16 PM
RE: Headstones
Any pictures that you might be able to get of the Austin, Prescott and Mason graves would be greatly appreciated.
Added by James on Jan 25, 2016 3:00 AM
RE: Geroge __tty
You should change the memorial to Unknown and put it in a Virtual Cemetery so you can keep track of it. There is a team of people monitoring this type of memorials, and if you don't change it you'll probably be contacted over & over again :-)
Added by Chris on Jan 23, 2016 5:18 PM
Martin Stiles FAG# 41502006
Hi Jack -

Thanks for your efforts and note regarding my photo request for Martin Stiles, whose memorial states that he is buried in Riverview Cemetery in Groveland. I agree that he's probably not buried there. The reason that I put in a photo request for him was that a burial location in Essex County seemed suspicious, since he lived his entire life in Westfield in Hampden County. Like most of the early Westfield settlers, the Stiles family came from Connecticut, not Massachusetts. Martin died in Westfield, and I can't think of any reason why his family would have gone to the expense and considerable difficulty to bury him in Groveland. At that time, most people would have been buried in the graveyard of the church to which they belonged.

Thanks again!
Added by mariolina on Jan 08, 2016 9:12 AM
Janice (O'Bryan) Byington
RE: Caroline Boynton
Thank you. I've heard of some people using large sheet of kitchen foil to direct the light to poorly lighted stones. Don't know if it works or not. But seems it would take more than the two hands most of us take to the cemetery. Happy New Year!
Added by Janice (O'Bryan) Byington on Jan 01, 2016 9:12 AM
RE: Tappan corrections
thanks so much for the update.

Regarding Rev Daniel Dana Tappan's memorial: There's no need to put my name in the bio--the source is cited and that's really all that's needed. I feel the bio should be about the person and would rather not be mentioned.
Thanks so much.

When I have a minute this weekend, I'll re-type the full biography that's published in the cited source and send it to you.
Added by LadyGoshen on Dec 28, 2015 9:45 AM
Ed Hanson
Thanks for your message about Allston Huntress, but I only include children whose burial place is known and I can't find him on the database yet (seems to have moved to Maine and died there)
Added by Ed Hanson on Dec 19, 2015 10:18 AM
K Goddu
Riverview Cemetery-Mabel Barker
I know how much effort it takes to go and take photos of stones,so I really don't like asking this, but want to know. Are you able to read Mabel's stone to transcribe the names and dates of birth and death? I'm not able to enlarge it enough to do that. If not, no worries. Thanks, Kathy
Added by K Goddu on Nov 20, 2015 5:29 PM
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