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Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a 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 awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die
~Mary Elizabeth Frye (1932)
Strangers in the Box
by Pamela A. Harazim
Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like.
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be tossed away?
Make time to save your pictures,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
Behold and see as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so must you be
Prepare for death and follow me
(Taken from the headstone of my great-great-great-great-great-great uncle, Josephus Benoni Bellamy, whom died in 1777)
The Recording of a Cemetery
by Thelma Greene Reagan
Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where others cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hallowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.
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Hi, sent you a map to your email. If you like the old markers you probably have been to Mt. View cemetery. Strolled there one day, it has twists and turns and tall markers. Its best to walk most of the areas. Its bigger than evergreen, and the office there charges for volunteers to look up locations. My plans were to start taking photos there after Evergreen was complete, maybe next year.
Added by B J on Jul 16, 2014 10:26 AM
Hi!! Can you please transfer the memorials of Anita Bacigalupi #126565987 and Edward Bacigalupi #126565982 over to me so that I can link them to family members and update info
Added by Denice on Jul 11, 2014 6:32 PM
|B J||RE: Evergreen|
Of course there is more than one. Its Oakland. The really hard area is the oldest, serenity. Many of the markers are worn out or covered in nature. Hate leaving those unsolved. That's the area that I need help.
Added by B J on Jul 09, 2014 5:44 PM
I see you are adding memorials at evergreen. Will you be adding any new ones and can you let me know what section you will be working? Have been taking photos for about a year as a photo contributor and am now ready to begin making memorials. Would not like to duplicate anything you are working on.
Added by B J on Jul 09, 2014 4:45 PM
|Joseph Heath||RE: Mrs. F. Davis - Saratoga IOOF Cemetery|
No. As far as I know, they never had any kids. He had kids from a previous marriage, and she did too. She was previously married to David N Quick. I'm not sure where his grave is, but I believe it is in either Princeton, IL or Trempealeau County WI.
It's kind of weird, because Robert Davis' first wife has a pretty big monument, and Franka has this little stone that could have just been lost in time with nobody knowing where she was at. Kinda sad. Also... I think this is the first relative I saw from the 1800s that actually has divorce listed on documents. Maybe neither one got over their first marriages? Genealogy/history sure can be interesting.
This is his other wife's grave for comparison: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92033121
|Joseph Heath||RE: Mrs. F. Davis - Saratoga IOOF Cemetery|
I'm 99.9% sure that this is Franka Ramsdell Davis. She was born in 1847 and died 18 Aug 1927 in Santa Clara County, according to the California Death Index. I have multiple city directories with her living in Saratoga (listed as Mrs. Franka O. Davis). Her husband's name was actually Robert Davis. The last couple of censuses actually said she was divorced (her ex-husband still in Washington state, I believe). I can send you copies of some of this stuff if you'd like to verify.
She actually wasn't even a relative of mine. She was married to my 2nd Great Grand Uncle. I thought maybe I could track him through her even though they got divorced. Whenever I can, I try to add info where I can to help someone else who is looking for that person.
|michael short||Gerty Myers|
Sorry I have not sent a thank you before but I have been away on holiday
Many thanks in deed
|REHM||Permission to use photo|
I would like your permission to use your photo for Jame Mulroony at Find A Grave Memorial# 121474980 on his father's memorial. I'll give you credit for the photo.
Added by REHM on Jun 10, 2014 11:04 AM
|sandlotball||Golden Gate National|
Thank you so much for the photo last week of Louisa Mansfield's marker.
|Debi Bacon||Jack Westman|
Thank you for your new information about my Uncle Jack. I have corrected his memorial and requested a photo. Thank you again, previous information was gathered from the Veterans Admin.
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