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Ryan-O (#46886020)
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Bio Photo Find-a-Grave rocks!

Please suggest a correction on a specific memorial using the Edit tabs. I welcome edits even if it's just a GPS, plot number, marker transcription or middle/maiden name etc. I like complete memorials.


I've lived in Massachusetts my whole life. Since 1988 I've been interested in my genealogy. I'm 25% Scottish, 12.5% Irish but I mostly descend from English families who came here 300-400 years ago. My immigrant ancestor, with the same last name, came to Massachusetts in the 1630's from France supposedly. I don't consider my self French, however, because it was so long ago and his genes have been watered down so much over the past 400 years.

If I did not have to work I would grow a big bushy red beard and buy a house with a porch. On that porch I would rock back and forth in my rocking chair, sporting a bad-ass kilt whilst learning to play the bag pipes....until I gave up 10 minutes later from being terrible at it.

If I was retired I would definitely travel the great continental 48 states in an RV searching out the historic landmarks of the USA. Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields would be on the list of places to visit. A 7th great-grandfather of mine was Gen. Artemas Ward (1727-1800.)


Don't let me die in an automobile
I wanna lie in an open field
want the snakes to suck my skin
want the worms to be my friends
want the birds to eat my eye
as here I lie
the clouds fly by

Let me know if you need a transfer if you can add more bio info. Hope everyone gets out there and photographs some stones - that is the main reason this site exists. Thanks.

***SORRY, I DO NOT LINK TO RELATIVES THAT DO NOT HAVE A BURIAL LOCATION. This is Find-a-GRAVE after all. There are some exceptions of course: scattered ashes and the like, but even then, there could be a headstone somewhere.***

Found this inscribed on a stone in Warwick, Ma.:

"Low in the ground my bed is made,
here in the dark alone I'm laid.
Depart my friends and let me rest,
I'm weary of this wilderness."

Found this on a find-a-grave profile:

Old Bones' profile poem"

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 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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As always, thank you! 8^)
Added by SonofaBourbeau on May 20, 2017 4:57 PM
cynthia staples
RE: Designas @ Fitchburg
Thank you Ryan - Glad you are so careful! I was concerned that an incorrect name spelling could make the person impossible to find. Thanks!
Added by cynthia staples on May 18, 2017 3:00 PM
Luke Paro
Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph this for me! I appreciate it very much! Your kindness is very thoughtful! Lynn
Added by Den&Lynn on May 16, 2017 7:37 PM
RE: Ursule DesRoches Mills #175990238
Hi Ryan!

You are correct, thanks very much for catching this error on Fitchburg vs. Gardner. I've been working on other members of the family who attended St. Joseph's in Gardner, and didn't realize there was another St. Joseph's in Fitchburg. Her obituary was in the Fitchburg Sentinel. I made the edit as requested. The link you mentioned was to her son Gilbert Mills, rather than her husband David Mills, who eludes me. Perhaps both of their names are on the marker. They also had a daughter named Exilda Mills.

I'm from Maine originally, but living on the west coast now, so help from you folks "back east" is greatly appreciated.

Added by Tim on May 16, 2017 6:58 PM
Judy Wilson
Jean Louise Erickson
Many thanks for your photo of my Aunt Jean. She was a very special person in my life. Thanks. Judy
Added by Judy Wilson on May 16, 2017 2:35 PM
Country Mouse
RE: Anne Elizabeth Aldrich Prentice
Hi Ryan,
I am so sorry, you are right to question that edit.
The Anne I chose is not the correct one.
There is an Anna Elizabeth daughter of Elizabeth born 5-18-1819 in Northbridge, MA., but that one may be too young to have married in 1834.

I use American Ancestors, Family Search and Ancestry to triple check my edit requests but I goofed on this one.
Sorry if this is a pain for you to remove.
Thanks again. Gail
Added by Country Mouse on May 09, 2017 12:24 PM
RE: Luigi Ferrera
Thank you, Ryan-O. My Grandparents bought this plot for 12 when they lost their first child. They chose the angel for him. I've always thought it was beautiful. I will put a the little information I know about him up when I get the chance. Then get more info from my cousin. Again, I thank you.

Paula Davis
Added by PJD on May 03, 2017 9:48 AM
Thomas Fontneau
Julie Mailhiot
Ryan, A big thank you again! You did a bunch of transfers for me last week, and they ended up being a huge help to me in my trip to the cemetery in Gardner, Ma., this past weekend. I actually found the gravestone for Julie Mailhiot! She is buried with her daughter Lena and a couple of grandchildren. In looking very closely at the stone, I was able to make out her name at the top, almost completely worn away. By finding her daughter's grave, thanks to your work, I found her mother as well. Finally!!
Thanks again,
Added by Thomas Fontneau on May 02, 2017 10:35 AM
Judy Wilson
I have seen it on more than one Find A Grave profile. It seemed especially meaningful to me over the years when I was standing in a cemetery somewhere in New England where my ancestor was buried and I wondered, do they know I have found them? Most of them died before my time but the connection is always there. And you, have been responsible for photographing many of them in the Gardner area for which I am thankful.

Old age and wine make one melancholy.
Added by Judy Wilson on May 01, 2017 7:52 PM
Judy Wilson
I also find it interesting that you have the same poem on your profile that I have on mine.

Added by Judy Wilson on May 01, 2017 7:06 PM
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