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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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I stumbled upon the find a grave page for Catherine Jackson(born 1805, died 1879 New Bedford, MA)while conducting research on the Piper lineage. Catherine is the mother of my maternal 3x great grandmother Alexine Jackson Piper of New Bedford, MA. I am hoping to learn more about this line of my family, and wondering if you might be able to assist. If so I'd love to hear from you. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thx
|Anne ||Patricia Sargeant edit/Danville cem|
Just wanted to thank you for the info on Patricia, and to let you know that I have added photos for her and her parents, and brother Donald.
Added by Anne on Sep 21, 2016 7:46 AM
|Bob Geary||Luella Butts Kirby|
I noticed that you added a picture of Luella Butts Kirby. I probably met Luella when I was a child. Her grandparents, Earle Butts and Mabel Gifford Butts were my mother's aunt and uncle. They would host the "Gifford Reunion" every Labor Day at their cottage in Hixsville. Mabel's brother, William, was my grandfather. Since he died in 1920 when my mother was only eight, I have little information about the rest of his family except for Uncle Lew. If you have anything you would be willing to share, I would be appreciative. I have been to Peckham West Cemetery, but many of the graves are unmarked. Thanks for all the research you have done, including the photos of the other side of my family in Acushnet, Hilda & Raymond Geary. Take care. Bob Geary
|Bob Geary||Geary, Acushnet Cemetery|
HI! I was looking up my surname and found a memorial in Acushnet Cemetery for Raymond and Hilda Thomas Geary. Uncle Raymond was my grandfather's brother and Aunt Hilda was my favorite. I lost track of them when they lived in Dorchester and only knew that Hilda had moved to New Bedford after Raymond's death. Thanks for posting the picture. Are you a relative or was this done for someone else. i know Raymond and Hilda had no children. I would like to connect with any relatives out there. Thanks again, I am so happy to know where their graves are. Bob Geary
I've noticed your name on both my grandparents pages whom are buried in two different cemeteries. Did you know them?
|Karen McKeown Wilson||Your 8th great father|
Issca cooke is one of my ancestors I am wondering if you did any family has surman name baxter mckeown holbrook their alot more also please email me email@example.com thank u
Please hold off until after 7/13/2016. I won't be able to respond
Added by GPoppa on Jul 05, 2016 12:56 PM
Thank you for posting this photo!
Added by gcdavis4 on May 18, 2016 9:51 AM
Thank you for posting this photo!
Added by gcdavis4 on May 18, 2016 9:50 AM
|Andrea Robin King||THANK YOU SO MUCH|
My cousin will be happy to see this. Thanks again!
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