|W. Blanchard (#47440261)|
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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:
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.
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|bcfrench||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 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
|Fay||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 on Sep 21, 2013 3:08 PM
|Fay||Lindsays at Maynard|
Thank you for finding even more members of our extended family - greatly appreciated!
Added by Fay 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
|Joy & Ed||RE: Timothy Blanchard|
You are very welcome, it was truly our pleasure.
Added by Joy & Ed on Aug 25, 2013 7:40 PM
|Fay||RE: Lindsay's, Maynard Cemetery|
Thank you SO much! Even Edgar and Mary's grandchildren (my cousins) who knew their grandparents well had no idea Roy had not survived the war.
I've looked up so many relatives on the Commonwealth War Project but never thought to research Roy there. (My grandmother's sister lost all five boys she had dated in high school - war is terrible.)
My grandfather's sister married Roy's brother Jack and the families were close for over 50 years.
Added by Fay on Aug 11, 2013 9:36 AM
|Fay||McGuires at Maynard|
Thank you so much for the photos - the flowers are beautiful!
Would it be permissible to add your photo to our Ancestry tree, with a credit line?
Added by Fay on Aug 04, 2013 4:25 PM
|RememberMe||RE: Pvt. Cuff Chambers|
A pleasure ... and very interesting story.
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