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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!
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.
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"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
*.¸¸♥ ¸¸.* Dear Ancestor *.¸¸♥ ¸¸.* *.¸¸♥ ¸¸.*
"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."
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"Peace, Love & Chocolate." Luisa
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Are you related to the Laspe's in any way? I had asked if someone could go and find his grave---does this mean there is no marker at his grave?
Added by Alice on Jul 31, 2015 1:57 PM
|Jim||RE: Joseph and Gladys Mahood, Royal Oaks Burial Park|
I read in your bio of Joseph that he adopted his niece ,Lois Eileen Mahood. She is also interned in Royal Oak right beside Joseph and Gladys. I also took a photo of her, as I do with same name headstones in nearby areas. I can email it to you if you want, or you could make a memorial for her.
Added by Jim on Jul 27, 2015 5:29 PM
|sue petty||john nelson bosworth|
Hello. I have sent a couple of emails over the last few months, but I am mot sure if you got them or if I got the email address wrong. Did you get them? Please let me know. Thanks
|Jim Gardner||Joe Hosp|
Thanks very much for the photo of Joe's Gravestone, I really appreciate it.
All the Best, Jim
|Chrisanne McNelis||Bosworth Relative|
Hello, and thanks for all the information! It appears we are related somehow on the Bosworth tree. My grandfather Gordon Bosworth was the son of Charles Franklin Bosworth and grandson of Charles S. Bosworth, so this photo you posted has quite special meaning to me. I am crazy excited to learn the details of the Bosworths coming here from England, and that I am possibly a descendant of a Mayflower passenger! I am adding this post to my Ancestry.com tree immediately!
Chrisanne (Bosworth) McNelis
|Oscar Nye||Ernestand Walter Nye|
Thanks for the photos. I was able to add them to my tree.
|Douglas R. Lyon||William Mahood & Caroline Dorsett|
Hi! My names is Douglas Lyon and I have been working on the Dorsett family line. I have information on William's wife Caroline if interested. Cheers Douglas
|Ron Reine||RE: Re: Photo request - George and Annie Mahood|
Happy to be of assistance. There were no names or dates on the back of the monument. The next time I am at the cemetery I will check for markers under the sod at the foot of the graves. You might also check with the cemetery office to see what information they have on file regarding dates.
|Deb||RE: Re: Lily Mahood|
You are most welcome. Love the photo of Lily--a beautiful treasure, to be sure.
Added by Deb on Jun 16, 2015 3:41 PM
|Christine ||RE: Elizabeth Hollingsworth Christopher|
Sorry I didn't respond sooner. I haven't been on Find A Grave in awhile. Thank you so much for the link. This lady was mt Dad's cousin. I never met her but he talked about her. Thank you again. Christine
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