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goose (#47534920)
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Bio Photo AKA ~ Carol

Why 'goose', you may ask. I have been around them all my life. I think they are magnificant in flight. I have raised orphaned ones and rehabilitated injured ones. They come here during their mote season for us to enjoy. 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.

~~ 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.

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*The Dash~*~*~*~*~*

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 families: Ashley, Crapo, Gifford, King, Potter, Westgate among others.

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Thank you for your work. The Braley family used to spell the name with an i= Brailey. I found family here due to your diligence and photograph of their stones. This makes a difference for so many people. Know that I appreciate all your efforts. I wish I lived nearer and could help.

Added by shar1 on Feb 05, 2016 6:34 PM
Ray Malenfant
Your Message
Hey there and Happy New Year! Not sure I know what you meant by your message. I'm sure you are right but I don't know what to do. I think you mean I should post the certificate some other way but I don't know what to do. Help. I think I have done that to memorial so this guidance will set me on the correct path. Thanks. Ray
Added by Ray Malenfant on Feb 04, 2016 6:19 PM
D. Montgomery
Cemetery landscape photos
Hello Carol.Your response to my request to remove your landscape photo is odd. I am sorry you seem to having such a difficult day.Life is too short to deal with quarrelsome people.
Added by D. Montgomery on Feb 03, 2016 3:12 PM
D. Montgomery
Wm Reynolds memorial photo
Hello Carol. Thank you for your wish to add yet another cemetery landscape photo to this memorial. I do not prefer that you add any photo of any landscape for this memorial. I am sorry that this was not clear in my earlier communications.I think the photo that FindAGrave has chosen as a default cemetery photo is good. Perhaps you could find some other memorial for your landscape photo. Have a nice day. D. Montgomery
Added by D. Montgomery on Feb 03, 2016 10:24 AM
D. Montgomery
William Reynolds at Pine Is. Cem
Hello Carol. I am sorry to understand that you are not happy with my comments thanking you for a generic photo of the landscape at Pine Is. Cem. for the William Reynolds memorial page.

It might be best at this point if you would remove your photo since you are not happy about it either. Usually I welcome pretty much any photo that adds to picture interest to a site. The caption you wanted to add with this additional landscape photo did not contribute to memorial. Also I do state on my profile page a request to contact me before popping down a photo on the memorial page as a courtesy.
So please remove your photo at this point.
Best regards, D. Montgomery
Added by D. Montgomery on Feb 03, 2016 9:47 AM
John Jackson
Thank you
Hi Carol,

Thank you for this entry. I found it when I searched for my old Journalism professor. I'm sad to learn she's gone, but I appreciate being able to learn about it. Thank you for your work.

-John Jackson
Amherst, MA
Added by John Jackson on Feb 03, 2016 8:21 AM
Albert Ledoux
RE: Thank you for updates
I'm Father Albert Ledoux, born in New Bedford, raised in Dartmouth, and a priest in Pennsylvania since 1987. To continue the conversation, how about contacting me directly at

Fr. Al
Added by Albert Ledoux on Jan 28, 2016 4:34 AM
Steven Sardinta
My parents graves
A Huge thank you and hug for taking the time to add my Mom and Dad (Anita L. and Francis E. Sardinta) to the Evergreen Cemetery in Dartmouth, Ma. You did a beautiful job photographing the grave and it means even more to me since I am currently living 2000 miles away in Texas. I also have 2 uncles and an aunt buried there and you did a beautiful job with theirs also. Plus many many neighbors and friends graves from the Old Fall River Rd. in N. Dartmouth. Again, Thank you from my heart. Sincerely, Steven F. Sardinta
Added by Steven Sardinta on Jan 27, 2016 8:34 PM
Sarah D
Samson/Sampson in Alms Cem.
I got your msg and have deleted Samson. While both were in the documents, I see they are indeed dups. Sampson listed her parents as Sampson so I kept that one and deleted the other. Thanks for letting me know!
Added by Sarah D on Jan 27, 2016 6:40 PM
Thomas Dunne
William Ashley - South Side Cemetery
William and his wife are now transferred to your care. Please take good care of them.
Added by Thomas Dunne on Jan 26, 2016 7:09 AM
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