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James Goldsborough Bigwood (#48231400)
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Bio Photo Research Archivist by trade.

I love anything and everything that has to do with history! Part of my free time is spent volunteering in the Fort McHenry Guard.

Inquiries welcome.

Yʳ Humbˡ & Obᵗ Svᵗ,

Jaˢ Goldsborough Bigwood

O Cruell Deth Paynfull and Smert by James Ryman (15th-c Franciscan Friar)

O cruell deth paynfull and ſmert,
On the to thenke my hert is colde,
For why noman fro the may ſterte,
Neither riche ne pore, nor yonge ne olde.
Thou ſpareſt not for ſiluir nor golde,
But, in whome thou wilte thy marke ſet,
He ſhall departe withouten lette.

Why art thou ſo cruell to man
Of hym no man griſly to make,
His noſe ſharpe and his lippes wan,
His chēkes pale and his tēthe blāke,
His handes and his fēte to ſhake
And alle his body quake for colde
And returne hym ayene to molde?

"Like to a thinge vayne man is made,
His dayes paſsith, as a ſhadewe,
And, as a floure, fro hym they fade,"
Thus ſeith Dauid, that prophete true.
Seint Iames ſeith: "As a floure newe
By hēte of ſonne turneth to hay,
So mortall man ſhall paſse away."

A thouſand yēre fro hym be paſt,
As yeſterday, the whiche is gone.
In an ymage he paſseth faſt,
This worldes figure paſseth anon:
It is riȝt nouȝt to truſt vppon.
Therefore alwey you redy make,
For, when tyme is, I wille you take.

"What man ſhall lēve and ſē no deth?
No man, truly," thus ſeith Dauid.
"Haue myende, my lyfe is but a breth,"
Thus ſeith Iob according herewith.
His daies, as of a meſsangere, beth.
"More ſwyfter my daies paſseth and lyfe,
Than a webbe of a wēver is cutte with knyfe."

I ſende ſekeneſse you to a taſte
And to meke you in euery place,
But, whenne that I come at the laſt,
I make an ende within ſhorte ſpace.
I ſette no lawe day in the caſe,
For, whenne that I ſey: "Make an ende,"
Withouten delay ye ſhall henſe wende.

Fro mortall deth Crīſt vs defende
And graunte vs alle by his grete grace,
Out of this worlde when we ſhall wende,
In heuen bliſse to haue a place
And hym to ſee there face to face,
That was and is and ay ſhall be
Eternall god in perſones thrē.

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Jane Riggs Curci
DUPLICATE MEMORIALS 139643576 AND 154677415
Robert Green
Birth: 1646
Greens Rest Manor
St. Mary's County
Maryland, USA
Death: 1718
St. Mary's County
Maryland, USA

Family links:
Thomas Greene (1609 - 1652)
Winifred Seybourne Clarke (1612 - 1658)

Leonard Green (1636 - 1688)**
Robert Green (1646 - 1718)
ffrancis Green (1648 - 1707)*

*Calculated relationship

Body lost or destroyed

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Created by: James Goldsborough Bigwo...
Record added: Nov 06, 2015
Find A Grave Memorial# 154677415

Robert Green
Birth: 1646
aryland, USA
Death: Nov. 6, 1718
St. Mary's County
Maryland, USA

Source: "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," Index, FamilySearch ( accessed 6 Dec 2014), Robert Green,; citing,; FHL microfilm 426,570.

Family links:
Mary Ann Boarman Green (1660 - 1744)*

William Green (1694 - 1779)*

*Calculated relationship

According to Ancestry/U.S. Marriage Records (link below), Robert Greene & Mary Boarman were married in Maryland and he was born in 1646. Would you please update. The Greene line sure has been confusing, but this is the documentation we found. Thank you.


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Created by: gst14
Record added: Dec 06, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 139643576
Added by Jane Riggs Curci on Jul 19, 2017 3:49 PM
James Bready's Wife
I see you sponsored the memorial for James Bready. He was a friend of my father and I knew him and his family. Do you know where his wife Mary is buried? She does not have a memorial on Find A Grave as far as I can tell. I'd like to add one. I'd appreciate any info you have on her. Thanks.
Added by SueB on Feb 19, 2017 12:47 AM
M. Aumen
Joseph Sneeringer
Hi, do you have a source for his age giving a 1761 birthdate? Thanks.
Added by M. Aumen on Feb 10, 2017 4:33 PM
RE: Arthur Magnus Austin (#158434892)

You're quite welcome; happy to help.

Joe Canner
Added by Candeux on Nov 18, 2016 5:19 PM
Washington Tuck
I notice that you have posted a photo of Washington Tuck's residence. I am related to his wife Rachel Smith Whittington. I would like to know more about the house and its history, if possible.
Added by Beeswax on May 28, 2016 8:20 PM
Capt. Peter Browne
I am trying to figure out how this Peter Browne is related to Peter Browne born about 1700 who married Priscilla Coates and had William, possibly Nathaniel, and John Browne.
I am a descendent of William.
Added by SueMBS on May 24, 2016 3:50 PM
Lonnie S. Smith Jr.
Rev. William Smith D.D.
Hi, I see you sponsered Rev. William Smith D.D. and I was wondering if you have any other info on him? Here is the link to his memorial:
Added by Lonnie S. Smith Jr. on Apr 16, 2016 7:53 PM
Jim Bready
Thank you for sponsoring Jim Bready's memorial. It looks quite impressive now that his photo and full obituary have been posted (with permission from The Sun). Check it out if you haven't displayed it lately. He and my father were friends since their high school days.
Added by SueB on Apr 02, 2016 1:28 PM
Fred Sanford
Re: Henry Lightner
Thanks for sponsoring his memorial. I just wanted to see that he gets his place in history. Hope some day to find a drawing or something to place in it .
Added by Fred Sanford on Mar 03, 2016 6:36 PM
Thomas Barbour Bryan
No source needed - I found the Biographical Sketches of the Leading Men of Chicago for verification.

Thank you!
Added by SLGMSD on Jan 14, 2016 5:30 PM
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