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name-that-tomb (#46936827)
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Bio Photo My name is Ellen. I live in the Bristol County area of Massachusetts which is centrally located between Boston, MA and Providence, RI.

Gravestone photography is one of my favorite hobbies. Nothing like spending a weekend afternoon browsing the gravestones in a cemetery! I'd much rather do this than shopping in a mall or doing household chores! :-) Many times I add a cemetery research excursion while on vacation too! If there is a way to fit in a "side-trip", I will find it!

I am a member of; where much of my research comes from. Years ago. before computers, it was different. My research back then was by snail mail and going to town halls and libraries. I have kept every bit of correspondence with my older relatives as well. Unfortunately the elders are disappearing and my generation is becoming the older generation.

I am active with the DAR and CDXVIIC, and have coordinated several DAR and CDXVIIC graveside markings as well.

I have added flowers and the "tree of life" to many of my ancestors' gravestones in Findagrave. If you happen to notice you are also related to me, please contact me, as I would love to hear from you. I like "collecting cousins"!

As many of you agree, a gravestone may be the only thing left in the world to remind us of someone who has departed.

I am very interested in viewing gravestones with the surname NOEL, NEWELL, TAILLON, LATAILLE and ALLAIRE. If you find any of these while on your treks through graveyards and cemeteries in New England, please contact me and post them.

I am also interested in seeing gravestones with the DAR and Colonial Dames insignia.

Thank you in advance!

Family names in New England I am researching are:


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Re:DAR memorial
As per your request i have found an additional Real Daughter in the Norton Center Cemetery. Eliza Knight Beane #44535339. Glad to help
Added by habuudy on Oct 24, 2015 11:38 PM
RE: Gertrude Stevens
your welcome, I think it adds so much more to the memorials when we can learn something about the person.
Added by Ladyjoson on Oct 02, 2015 7:14 AM
RE: Josephine Colby
Being curious, I found some information about her children.
I will send it to your e-mail address.
Added by Rich65k on Sep 25, 2015 6:42 AM
RE: Mason gravestone
You are very welcome; it was my pleasure ❤️
Added by Eliz on Aug 12, 2015 5:02 AM
Myron Talbot Briggs
Thank you for photographing the grave marker of Myron, my great aunt. I wonder if the husband of Marion Davis Briggs (Myron Talbot Briggs) is buried next to her? If so, I have an open photo request for his headstone too.

Thank you,

Added by gcdavis4 on Mar 08, 2015 6:20 PM
Dave B.
Anna Carpenter
Thanks for the photo of Anna Carpenter's headstone. Dave
Added by Dave B. on Mar 08, 2015 3:38 PM
RE: Mahlon Mason of North Conway
No relation to the Mason's.
Added by TLS on Feb 12, 2015 6:57 PM
CJ Avlis
Messages... hurtling through space
Hi Ellen, I'm not sure what to say. Did not receive your second message either. Only the notification from Find a Grave that you had posted on my profile page. Just checked and email is correct on my profile and junk folders are empty, so?????

I'm sorry for the trouble. Perhaps you could just answer on my page or yours. Thank you.

Added by CJ Avlis on Aug 30, 2014 4:19 PM
CJ Avlis
RE: First Burial Ground (Norton,MA)
I did NOT receive your prior message...only this one from FindAGrave itself, alerting me that you had posted on my profile page.

Added by CJ Avlis on Aug 29, 2014 1:24 PM
CJ Avlis
First Burial Ground (Norton,MA)
Hello and thank you for all your wonderful work. I am one of a small group doing a cleanup at this site and hoping to spark an interest in a more intensive restoration.

I noticed the photo you added on 8/31/2008 and am wondering...

How old is the photo? The scene shown is not during summer. We have been removing a heavy concentration of saplings 6-7' high and are just trying to get a sense of how often that may need to be repeated, if the town won't adopt some form of maintenance.

The iron rails are also in much worse shape than your photo shows, my guess would be 50-60% down/damaged. Wish us luck and join us on Facebook if you would like follow out efforts.

Added by CJ Avlis on Aug 25, 2014 6:53 PM
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