John Glassford

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I especially like photo-documenting cemeteries and working with the pictures. There are a few pro and amateur genealogists I work with here on FindAGrave volunteering and setting up memorials. I also enjoy doing light research on my memorials as time permits so others are able to build on this knowledge and hopefully find answers to the holes in their lineages.

I live on the North Shore of Massachusetts in Essex County. I have published 6 books and 1 pamphlet on area graveyards and was awarded the Massachusetts State Historic Preservation Award [2013] by the Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR]. I have several old graveyard tours that I perform in my area and I do lecturing in my area on a variety of historical subjects at Historical Societies.


Cemeteries I have photographed all extant headstones in entirety or finished off remainder, all photos (excluding post-event burials):

Located in Essex County, Mass:

Wenham Cemetery -- utilizing names list and plot maps (Wenham).
Dodge Row Cemetery -- utilizing names list and plot maps (Beverly).
Abbott Street Burial Ground -- utilizing names list and plot maps (Beverly).
Highland/Old North -- old cemetery only incl. the terraced areas and woods (Ipswich).
Theological Seminary Burying Ground [Chapel Cemetery] at Phillips Academy (Andover).
St Augustine's Cem. (Andover).
West Parish Cemetery - old hill section (Andover) w/member Norman Dodge.
Boston St. Cemetery (Topsfield).
Averill Family Cem. (North Andover).
Old North Parish Burying Ground -- with help from others (North Andover).
Second Cemetery (North Andover).
Flint Cemetery (Middleton) – Barry has these memorials now for development.
Fuller Cemetery -- at Richardson's Farm (Middleton).
Sawyer Hill Burying Ground (Newburyport).
Lower Corner Cemetery (Merrimac).
Brookside Cemetery (West Boxford).
90% at Walnut Hill Cemetery (West Newbury).
Daddy Frye's Hill (aka Meeting House aka Searles Family) Cemetery (Methuen) – worked with Jack P. and others on this.
Old First Parish Burying Ground [Sandy Bay Cemetery] (Rockport).
Second West Parish Cemetery (Haverhill).

Located in Middlesex County, Mass:

South Burying Grounds (Tewksbury).
Fletcher Cemetery (Tyngsborough).
Swallow Cemetery (Dunstable).
Old North Cemetery (Billerica).
Laurel Hill Cemetery (Reading) – almost done – huge project took 6 yrs so far. Working with the Dodges on this - all photographed – we are working on memorials still.


James Harris # 82439165
Old Burying Ground
Ipswich, Mass.

"So active once; the dust is now thy bed,
There, mortal thou must soon recline thy head,
And sleep, till He who holds deaths mass'y key,
Shall ope the grave & set his prisoners free."


Simeon Fuller # 92379143
Died: 1806
Oakdale Cemetery
Middleton, Mass.

"Farewell my wife and children dear,
Why stand you gazing round my bed;
You all must die as will I,
And ly among the silent dead."


Amos Perkins, shoemaker # 89221154
Died: 1894
Boston Street Cemetery
Topsfield, Mass.

"Rest aged saint, thy pilgrim staff lay down,
Now take the palm branch and the blood bought crown."


Rebecca (Mitchell) Blodget # 69165355
Died: 1839
Brookside Cemetery
West Boxford, Mass.

"Dear as thou wert, and justly dear,
We will not weep for thee;
One thought shall check the starting tears,
It is that thou are free.
And thus shall faith's consoleing power,
Our tears of love restrain;
Oh who that saw thy parting hour,
Could wish thee here again."


Capt William Harris # 84840597
Died: 1797
Old Hill Burying Ground
Newburyport, Mass.

"Alas grim death has shot thy fatal dart,
Which long seem'd pointed at their languid heart;
No more their voice a careless world can move.
They tell the wonders of redeeming love."


Mark Haskell # 82578476
Died: 1783
Old Burying Ground
Ipswich, Mass.

"This world's a shadow; Life a span
Toil, pain & death, the lot of man:
But grace substantial good supplies,
Hope here & endless bliss above the skies"



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