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Richard Cole (#47785316)
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Bio Photo My family was in the gravestone/monument business for about 140 years in New England, and I grew up in and around cemeteries. I have always been fascinated by the designs, lettering styles and epitaphs on old gravestones.

If someone is having difficulty reading old, well-weathered stones, please feel free to contact me. There are several little known non-destructive methods for reading inscriptions (taking rubbings, detergent/bleach cleaning, most chemicals and using shaving cream are all destructive) on old marble, sandstone and shale. Just tell me about the stone and condition and I'll try to help you see the lettering.

To address current copyright laws, I grant unrestricted permission for the private use and copying of any pictures I take and add to this site, except publication for profit. If you copy/use and want to give me credit for the original picture, I would appreciate it, but I won't lose any sleep over it if you do not.
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RE: Wiggin family Epping NH
Well that is interesting. I photographed all of the rte 108 cemetery,and just photographed what I thought was the other side of the cemetery, which you called piscassic. I want to make sure I'm adding them to the correct cemetery! I think I managed to delete the wiggin pic, I took it in the rte 108 cemetery, called Newfields Cemetery. I can go back and snap it again, I know right where it is and it's not out of my way. Pam
Added by pmazo on May 31, 2015 7:32 AM
One 2 Wander
Thank you so much for transferring those memorials to me. I was so excited about them being buried a half hour from my home, that I went there yesterday. Sadly, I had to find the headstone by looking at their shapes (broken edges, etc) and when I found the stone, you could just barely make out the names.
Again...I can't thank you enough
Added by One 2 Wander on May 26, 2015 12:28 PM
Wiggin family Epping NH
I was entering the Wiggin family, Theodore, Mary, Joseph, John, Minerva, and to my surprise, you have them entered but in another cemetery. I compared the dates and they are the same. The stone I took a photo of has all names on it, and at Newfields Cemetery. Why do you think that's so? Should I document it or just forget it? Thanks, Pam
Added by pmazo on May 02, 2015 6:09 PM
No Guts, No Glory
RE: Sandra Brunstrom 60590319
Absolutely. I don't even need credit
Happy taphophiling
Added by No Guts, No Glory on Nov 08, 2014 4:44 PM
Robert Davis Purple Sr.
Duplicate memorials - Elmwood, Seabrook
Richard - You should connect with member
46881955 Bonnie Kehoe-Gove
There are several duplicate memorials for the Gove family that should be merged.
Added by Robert Davis Purple Sr. on Jun 23, 2014 4:54 AM
William Quigley
Abraham and Mary Sanborn
Good Morning Mr. Cole,

Just a short note to say thank you for the transfers of my ancestors. Have a great day and thank you again.

William A. Quigley
Added by William Quigley on May 20, 2014 7:03 AM
Jim Simmons
RE: John H. Cole
I am not sure either. Sometimes cemeteries add great information and sometimes it just adds to the mystery.

Glad to research this for you. Happy hunting.

Added by Jim Simmons on Mar 08, 2014 9:44 AM
Jacki, Weymouth Massachusetts
Jeremiah and Lydia (Brown) Eastman
Thanks so much for the transfers Richard... and for transcribing the inscriptions! I don't know if I could have done it with these old stones. Jacki
Added by Jacki, Weymouth Massachus... on Dec 08, 2013 3:43 AM
Ron Stewart
RE: Dean William Swift - Hampton National Cemetery

You have my permission to use his photo in any way you desire. A picture of a tombstone is the least I can do for our brother veterans.

Ron Stewart
(UA Army Corps of Engineers 1970-1996)
Added by Ron Stewart on Nov 22, 2013 8:02 PM
Ron Stewart
Dean William Swift - Hampton National Cemetery
FYI - I posted a photo of this tombstone today if you are interested.

Ron Stewart
Added by Ron Stewart on Nov 21, 2013 6:33 AM
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