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Jack Parker (#47734878)
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Bio Photo *** Apologies if I'm not responsive in a timely manner, trying to maintain focus on the job at hand and (300+) emails are collecting that I have flagged to deal with ***

Junior genealogist - with an email address, a car and a digital camera.

Photos I take belong to the people who ask for them. You are free to do whatever you wish to with them. I ask that they not be published on pay-to-view sites.

I pay a lot of attention to the sun and try to avoid reflecting myself in any photo. That means that at times I take photos at odd angles. I will visit any given headstone a number of times trying to get the right light on it. Sometimes that doesn't work out and I file a crappy photo - when you see such a photo, please tell me to go take a better one.

I want to thank everyone who has stepped up and offered corrections or taken transfers for the cemeteries I've been working, it's been a rewarding experience.

I am in the process of visiting all of Danvers cemeteries and ensuring they are fully catalogued. I am only posting fresh photos when I think mine are better or show something different. If you object, drop me a line and we can chat.


I do take breaks and handle occasional photo requests - if you have a location, that makes it a lot more tempting. It's a challenge to walk a large cemetery looking for two headstones and then have 4 more requests for the same cemetery a week later.

I trim my messages and only leave those that I need to do something about - I'm not hating you, just trying to use the messages to advantage. (Although I think I will keep the message from Billie forever - such an inspiration)

Complete: (Using Mass Vital Records numbering)
GR1 Wadsworth - added some 400 memorials and photos.
GR2 Nurse (checked - was complete)
GR3 Endicott (checked - was complete)
GR4 Preston (tucked away behind Putnam - added a few (NEEDS TO BE RE-DONE - MISSED A LOT)
GR5 Prince (catalogued and photographed)
GR6 Putnam (catalogued and photographed)
GR7 Russell (checked - added a few missing ones)
GR8 Porters Burying Ground (High street - added a few)
GR9 Holten - fair sized Completely photographed. ~1400 added.
Some of the photos are less than optimal. Let me know if you find a horrible one that should be re-taken. Holten has run out of land and money. The town is trying to figure out what to do
GR11 Walnut Grove - All sections photographed, stone by stone. Many thanks to Mom for managing all of the memorials.
GR13 Hutchinson (catalogued and photographed)
GR14 (Tapley / Preston) Old Settlers - (Photographed)
GR15 Putnamville (checked - was complete)
GR16 Swin(n)erton (checked - was complete)
GR17 Pedricks Cemetery (location private property - is complete)
GR20 Buxton/Goodale (checked - was complete)
GR21 Pope private burial ground, Finally found it! Photographed.
.(GR7/Beverly in MVR) Leech/East Danvers (checked - was complete)
St, Marys in Danvers, Sylvan St. (Completely photographed) ~1400 added.
Xavierian Photos loaded, in process of transcibing
Porter/Bradstreet Cemetery (off locust street, near Connors farm) This is a 17th century cemetery which is not mentioned in MVR. All of the markers are field stone markers without inscriptions. According to the town archivist the only known internment is Ann[a] Porter.
Riverview Groveland - Completed July 2016

In Progress
Groton Cemetery (the new one), about 40% done, but off my beaten track, so I don't go there casually.
St. Marys in Salem. A group of us are tackling that one.

In Queue
??? Danvers State Hospital - finally found it!
??? Anshe Sfard - there are about 10 cemeteries back in those woods
??? Annunciation - Large

Defunct - exist in records, but not on the ground.
Potter's field (off Adams street, empty lot behind St Mary's, but no headstones)
GR10 Putnam (off Sylvan street, bodies moved to Porter's ca. 1920)
GR12 Jacobs private burial ground, Gardners' Hill (have not found)
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RE:Lorenzo Dow
Your message:
You've created a duplicate to memorial #36902111.

They are not duplicate memorials. The one I created was where Rev Dow was originally buried. He was disinterred in 1887 and re-interred in a different cemetery, which is the memorial you referenced. Mine is a Cenotaph, and is noted as such on the memorial.

Thank you for your interest in my memorial. Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions. Keep up the great work you're doing!

Kindest Regards,
Added by KatyDee on Jun 21, 2017 8:40 PM
RE: Nathan Hale Cemetery Coventry CT
I often end up taking gravestone photos in the summer. But I should really take them in the late fall, winter or early spring when there are no leaves to get in the way of the sun. Sometimes even that doesn't make a lick of difference as some gravestones never see the light of day.

Good luck at Nathan Hale Cemetery,
Added by Sara on Jun 18, 2017 6:48 PM
William C. Mitchell
Thanks ever so much for your wonderful photos. I really appreciate your time and talent. Regards,
Added by DaurRegt on Jun 18, 2017 3:19 AM
Nathan Hale Cemetery Coventry CT
Good Morning Jack,
I saw your message to Julie Ryan about Arthur Cushman d 1963 buried in this cemetery. I went down there yesterday and took a gravestone photo which was difficult because of its location...see Julie's contributor's page for extensive information about this.

Let me say that I've never, ever seen a "bad" Jack Parker if you are going to this cemetery..let me give you directions to the gravestone for Arthur/Edna Cushman.

It is on the far left of the cemetery about 2/3 of the way down towards the lake. It is facing away from the you won't see the Cushman name from your car. It is right in front of a large overhanging pine tree. In the pine tree is a rather large triangular shaped stone that says "Wallace" on it..that does face the road. On either side of the Cushman gravestone are smaller is Scott Cushman d 1933 (perhaps Arthur's son) and on the other side of the Cushman stone are John and Julia Lewis' gravestones that may be Edna's parents.

Hope all is well..
Added by Sara on Jun 15, 2017 7:18 AM
Ralph Hammond-Green
Stiles Parker
"Stiles Parker, b. 1765 in North Hampton, MA, d. 1847 in Galina, OH. Served under Col Brooks of Massachusetts for 3 years, Revolutionary War. He married (1) Catherine Marquit RILEY. He married (2) Demise KAPLE, married 1792 in Decatur, Otsego Co. NY, b. 1772 in Decatur, Otsego Co. NY, d. 1847 in Galina, OH. "

It is highly improbable he was married to Catherine Marquit Riley. He did perform the 1st two marriages of his son Riley. The 4th marriage of Riley Parker to Cartherine Marquitt was performed by George Elliot. I've not been able to find a source for the 3rd of Riley's marriage, which it is possible was performed by Stiles. Catherine Marquitt was my 3rd great aunt, a sister of Zacharias Marquitt.
Added by Ralph Hammond-Green on May 12, 2017 1:33 PM
RE: Lemuel & Lydia Blood
I suspect Eli was Lemuel & Lydia's son. In 1860 he was living in Groton, MA and his wife was Mary. Perhaps the other person on the stone is a child of theirs. I have a great book on the Blood family but it is currently in storage because I am in the middle of building a house. I will look it up once I have access to the book again. Thanks again.
Added by BLS on May 06, 2017 12:30 PM
Lemuel & Lydia Blood
Thank you for the great photo of Lemuel & Lydia Blood's gravestone. With regard to the War of 1812 veteran's marker - I was unable to find any Lemuel Blood in the quick search I did of Ancestry military records. He also does not appear in the book "Records of Massachusetts Volunteer Militia" for the War of 1812-1814. That does not mean he did not serve, only that I could not find him. He would have been in his 60s but I have another ancestor who was in his 60s and he fought in the Revolutionary War so age does not exclude him. Lemuel had a son named Lemuel who would have been of age to fight but he does not show up either. Since the marker was placed by someone closer to Lemuel than I it seems reasonable to leave it as it is until it can be proven without a doubt that it is not correct. It is certain that he fought in the Revolutionary War. If you could arrange to get a marker for that it would be wonderful. Maybe the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter would pay to place such a marker. Thank you for your hard work with Find A Grave. I greatly appreciate it.
Added by BLS on May 06, 2017 10:41 AM
Julie Ryan
RE: Arthur Cushman - Photo Request
Thank you Jack. there is so much mystery around my great grandfather. He was married multiple times. One time coming back from Coventry, he came home with a child and a servant/maid. No one knows the story - that's why I'm trying to research this :) My grandmother was allegedly adopted but she has several birth certificates and some of her siblings claim they are related to Earl Hamner (Waltons creator). To answer your question about him being buried in Coventry, we think one of his wives was from there and he wanted to be buried with her. that's why I was wondering who he was buried near - it may be one of the wives who's name we don't know.
Added by Julie Ryan on Apr 23, 2017 4:21 PM
Mark McCrady
Sedgewick Alonzo Bright
I see that you own his memorial and wondered if you are related? I have a very nice and extensive biography of him that was printed in a Johnson County Indiana paper in 1889 if you would be interested in having it to add to his memorial. You can contact me and let me know if you would like to have it.

Mark McCrady
Added by Mark McCrady on Mar 14, 2017 4:34 PM
RE: Lucretia Parker
Hi Jack, I can ask my husbands cousin and let you know. My husband's mother was a Parker would it work if he took it? Thank you for the transfer.
Added by kate on Feb 26, 2017 10:08 AM
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