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Ryan-O (#46886020)
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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'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.


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 turco
Connie Hick died in 2003
She was buried with her husband and others. I am certain of this as I was called into service to lower her to her final resting place.

The Tanner woman in that grave was the sister of Forest I mentioned in my last note. Her son. Jack passed away before Connie and is buried elsewhere.

They sure knew how to pack them in that grave, didn't they?

Added by ed turco on Nov 28, 2015 7:23 PM
ed turco
RE: sponsorship
Forest Hicks and his wife Connie were my uncle and aunt respectively.

Forest was just one cool guy to me as my background was rather nasty at home and he was just there to listen. His sister had an illegitimate child and rather than responding with the usual grief from that era, Forest called his nephew every day at 6pm for his entire life. He never missed a day. His nephew was always a welcome guest at Forest and Connie's place. Talk about unsung heroes who made the world a better place!

Connie was a self taught dressmaker whose designs were known all over the fashion world. And Connie belonged there with the best and the brightest! Can you believe that her education stopped in the fourth grade? Her works are now in museums that display such accomplishments.

Ryan, I am over 70 and in failing health, so it would be better for you to keep the gravesite of two great people.

Thanks for writing.

Ed Turco
Added by ed turco on Nov 28, 2015 10:07 AM
Norman Duteau
Theodule Cormier

Could you please transfer ownership of Theodule Cormier #138679540 ? My Find a Grave number is 48304265

Norman Duteau
Added by Norman Duteau on Nov 20, 2015 3:56 PM
Pamela Tash
Memorial# 62189640
Could you please transfer management of Memorial# 62189640 - James Jaillet to Member (#48009403)- Pamela Tash? James Jaillet was my great-grandfather. Thank you for creating and caring for his memorial.

Pamela (Jaillet) Tash

Added by Pamela Tash on Nov 18, 2015 6:48 AM
D Lester Higgins
Thank you for the unexpected transfer. Lester has living grandchildren, and if they ever show an interest I will transfer to them. Until them I ma happy administer. He was a fine man, and closer to my grandfather than his own brother.
Added by CarolynA on Nov 17, 2015 6:20 PM

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