Why 'goose' you may ask, well ~ I have been around them all my life. I see them everywhere. There are 12 - 18 resident ones. The oldest pair come in January to find the best sight to nest, even with the pond still frozen. Canada geese will live in the wild between 10 and 24 years.
I think they are magnificent when taking off, in flight, and I love to watch them landing. I have raised orphaned ones and rehabilitated injured ones. Many others come here during their mote season, while waiting for their new feathers. Some that were born here, return in the Spring to nest and raise their young. I get to watch them grow, and learn to fly. They mate for life, and will die trying to save their mate or young. Such loyalty can't be denied. They are always a welcomed sight.
~~ Life is lived forward, but understood backward ~~
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* My goal is to help others, searching for family. 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.
My husband and I are also clearing the Crapo Cemetery, which had been completely neglected for many years. In the process I have research the names and found four veterans of the Revoluntion War and one veteran of the 1812 War.
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.
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 these families ~ Ashley, Braley, Clark, Crapo, Fortier, Gammons, Gifford, King, Mastera, Potter, Reynolds, Rounseville, Spooner, Westgate and White among others.
LaFountain graves in St. Josephs in Keene I stopped by on my way home to see if I could snag a photo for you. The grave that I remembered was for her parents. I will stop by again...I tend to spend a lot of time out driving. :D But I grabbed her parents' stone for you... I will hunt her down. Her babies are buried in the section that is close to the road, near the fence. So she must be close by.
RE: Bullock transfer Thank you for your kind words. Your dedication has inspired me to try to add a snippet of bio to more of my memorials, but I'm still just a photographer who dabbles in ancestry. Think Spring, despite the snow! Donna
Reynolds family group Monument Thank you so much for the wonderful photo of the monument for this family group. It is so clear and crisp. Also thank you for taking photo of all four sides--I think the lack of clear photo may have contributed to misunderstandings about this cemetery documentation. They certainly did have large families in the "old days". I appreciate your cooperation in helping me get the chapter clarified and written on this family group. It is so meaningful. Now that "who and when" in cemetery records have been reconciled with my own family letters, photos and documents, a fuller picture emerges and I will be adding the stories to the individual family group members. Wonderful..... Best, D. Montgomery
REYNOLDS FAMILY OF DARTMOUTH Thank you for all your work in photographing and identifying some many of this family group. I appreciate your research on a complex of seemingly similar family names. If I only lived closer I would offer to help. There seem to be so many yet undocumented old cemeteries in Bristol Co. Best Regards
RE: LaFountain photos I did, but I didn't take a picture. She is acutally buried way in the back of the cemetery...her sons are buried up near the front. I will try to get back up there soon to take a photo. Make sure you add a request, if possible...I grab a list of the requests when I hit the cemteries. :D
I was working on my family and submitted the wrong maiden name for Violet. I've resubmitted it - sorry for the extra work. I had too many windows open. Thanks for all the work you do - you've added many of my relatives in the Onset/Wareham/Mattapoisett area. Nancy