Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
W. Blanchard (#47440261)
 member for 3 years, 1 month, 29 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
Bio Photo I am interested in Photographing the older Headstones in Cemeteries and searching for the old and abandoned and forgotten Cemeteries in Leeds County. The most interesting of these Stones date from the 1800s. Some of them are true works of art and most have stood the ravages of nearly two centuries. Many have high relief carvings of symbols, all of which have a special meaning.

Willow Tree = Meaning Sorrow

Dove = A live Dove means at Peace
= A dead Dove means a life cut short.

Chain with a broken link = Family unity broken

Clasped Hands = Without sleeves, shaking
hands with God.
Clasped Hands = With sleeves, with one of ruffled, represents Unity in Life or Death.

Hand with finger pointing up = Gone to
Hand with finger pointing down = God reaching down for the Soul.

Children's Gravestones usually have a fully carved resting Lamb or flowers, usually Roses, that have a bud that's been broken off meaning a life cut short.

Many of the people from the 1800s came to this area from a far away country. This is usually recorded as well as the time they had spent on this Earth in the number of Years, Months and Days.

Some of the Epitaphs are sad, some funny and others warn us of our own Mortality.
There is an 1852 gravestone in the Toledo Church Yard that has an epitaph that reads:

Remember friends as you pass by,
As you are now , so once was I.
As I am now so you shall be,
Prepare for Death to follow me.

There is also a Child's Gravestone at the Oak Leaf Cemetery with an Epitaph that simple says:

"Gone To Be An Angel"

All of these Gravestones are attributed to the Craftsmanship of the Local Stone Carvers. Some of these never Signed their work and their names may never be know. Below is a list of some of the Stone Carvers names as they appear on many of these Stones:

___________STONE CARVERS___________

A. Greer - Eastons Corners
G. F. Moore - Napanee
C. B. Leroy
W. M. Church - Merrickvile
Leroy & Gould - Brockville
H. F. & Son - Brockville
Williamson[?] - Gananoque
C. Allyn - Delta
D. R. Cameron
H. Fulford - Brockville
C. R. Kilbourne - Brockville
L. le Carle
C. G. Alquire - Farmersville (Athens)
C. G. A. Farmersville (Athens)
W. R. Moore - Elgin
W. Corbett - Smiths Falls
Fulford[?] & Bro. - Wolford
J. Davies - Perth
Fulford & Church - Eastons Corners
de Carle Sc.
Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 785 Memorials Added
 • 806 Memorials Managed
 • 5 Memorials/week
 • 1,590 Photos
 • 1 Photo Request
 • 123 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 350 Virtual Flowers
 • 11 Virtual Cemeteries
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
American Revolution (Loya... (2)
Ancestors (23)
Battle of the Windmill Ve... (3)
Canadian's in Civil War (75)
Epitaphs (3)
Gravestone Symbols (20)
Stone Carvers Signatures (10)
War of 1812 (11)
World War I (110)
World War II & Active (78)
[View all Virtual Cemeteries...]
Messages left for W. Blanchard (73)[Leave Message]
Cathy Alton
Thank you so much for getting these photos for me! Beautiful photo!
Added by Cathy Alton on Apr 06, 2014 9:26 AM
Kris Gilbert
James Martin
Thank you (long overdue!) for the picture of James Martin's marker.
Added by Kris Gilbert on Mar 15, 2014 11:24 AM
Stevens' Cemetery
Thank you so much for the prompt fulfillment of my request for a photo of my grandfather's baby brother's grave at Stevens' Cemetery. Thanks.
Added by Jill_R on Jan 21, 2014 1:18 PM
Lavina McCaw
Thank you for the very clear, readable photo of Lavina's headstone. The info there indicates my written records are not correct. But these little mysteries keep the research interesting.
THANKS for the good photo.
Happy Holidays, stay warm!

Added by SJO on Dec 09, 2013 1:52 PM
And thank you again...
...for the picture of Jane Comstock Wells' grave. I have a question -- there is a small broken stone lying at the foot of her stone, turned over on its side. By any chance did you take a look at that stone? Was the bigger stone a replacement for that one, or was it something else?
Added by bcfrench on Nov 12, 2013 9:54 AM
Thank you!
Thank you for your recent photo of James Avery in Yonge. This was very helpful to my research.
Added by bcfrench on Nov 07, 2013 6:21 AM
Chris Easton
Joseph and Mahitable Easton
Thanks you for the Headstone Pictures for my 4X Great Uncle and his wife. Both are very clear and add to the detail that I have. Again thanks! Chris
Added by Chris Easton on Sep 24, 2013 2:44 PM
Fay Carmichael
Anna Barton at Maynard
I've added a memorial for Anna if you would like to add the family grave photo. Thanks!
Added by Fay Carmichael on Sep 21, 2013 3:08 PM
Fay Carmichael
Lindsays at Maynard
Thank you for finding even more members of our extended family - greatly appreciated!

Added by Fay Carmichael on Sep 20, 2013 3:30 PM
Bob Orr
Manhard Cem.
W Blanchard - Thanks for the tombstone photo of Royal Erwin Fulford. Too young to pass!
Added by Bob Orr on Sep 09, 2013 6:21 PM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service