Monday, November 30, 2009

The Tombstone is Failing

Weather and time are taking a serious toll on Albert Clarke’s tombstone.  Made of concrete, the best material his family could afford, the marker is disintegrating.  Water and ice will continue to do their destructive work until the marker totally fails in the not too distant future.

Clarke Albert headstone

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Her Carved Headstone

Maud Mary Bathgate Logan Adams was so loved by her husband that  considerable stone working skills were used to carve her headstone.  The inscription is disappearing on the semi-hard 100 year old stone.  Like many other makers in the cemetery, it is being abused by city owned lawnmowers piloted by teenage boys.  The design is unique and the sentiment of a loving husband has been on display for generations of descendants and visitors to the cemetery.

Mary Bathgate Adams headstone





Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saint Peter’s ~ Dissenters Burial Ground ~ Broadstairs, England

The Dissenters Burial Ground was closed in 1937, part of it having already being built over in 1894. The gravestones were removed to the surrounding walls in the early 1960's, but a record was maintained of their positions at that time. Many of the limestone headstones are now in a poor state and there are a number of broken stones. It was formerly known as Salem. The children's graves are 5 feet deep. The adult graves are 6 feet deep. Burial charges were assessed at one sixth per foot. Most graves are family graves with multiple burials in each grave.

Russell Mary Thomas headstone

Edwards Al Morgan Elizabeth headstone

Lukin Mary Hurst Susanna Covell Robert headstone

Dawson Joseph Robert Elizabeth headstone

Cock Mary Robert headstone

Baylis John headstone

Bradley John Mary Fanny Josiah headstone

Brook John Mary Eliza Cottew Mary headstone

And many, many more whose inscriptions have all but disappeared.

The church in days gone by….

Baptist Church pre WWII

Thomas Cramp

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Veterans of American Fork

The FamHist blog talks about meeting a veteran in the American Fork, Utah cemetery. The city has erected many memorials to its veterans at the south entrance gate.

AF Cemetery Veterans Memorial Flags

AF Cemetery War Memoral Flags

AF Cemetery Veterans Statue Memorial

AF Cemetery WWI Veterans Memorial

AF Cemetery War Veterans Memorial

AF Cemetery WWII Veterans Memorial 2

AF Cemetery WWII Veterans Memorial 3

AF Cemetery WWII Veterans Memorial 4

AF Cemetery Vietnam Veterans Memorial

AF Cemetery Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial

AF Cemetery Famous Veterans Memorial

AF Cemetery Gulf Iran Veterans Memorial

AF Cemetery All Wars Veterans Memorial

AF Cemetery Terrosim Conflict Veterans Memorial

AF Cemetery VFW Honor Guard Memorial

AF Cemetery Veterans Memorial 2

AF Cemetery Veterans Memorial

May we never forget their sacrifice and bravery.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sorrow, Love, Poverty

Poignant stories are written in the tombstones in every cemetery. 

A young mothers love and deeply caring memory is recorded. 

Someone is considered a saint when they do something good for someone else or make someone's life happier.  Someone who does all of this subconsciously and without knowing it, is an Angel.  Families Are Forever.

Honey Denise Jessica headstone back


A baby is born into a family struggling with financial difficulty.  He was born and died the same day .  His father couldn’t pay for a tombstone but found a small piece of metal and hand-stamped the words to memorialize the lost son.

In Memory of Frank Edward Lee
Born Oct. 11, 1950
Died Oct. 11, 1950
Son of Francis C. & Hazel S. Lee

Lee Frank Edward headstone

Monday, November 9, 2009

Submarine Veteran Memorial

U.S. World War II submarine veteran grave memorial.

Submarine Veteran

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Friday, November 6, 2009

The Chipman’s of American Fork

Visited a cemetery on the last warm, sunny day in November and found a large family burial plot of the Chipman family in the American Fork City Cemetery, Utah. 

Here are just a few of the tombstones for that family.

Annie Gardner Chipman tombstone


Otto L Chipman tombstone

Ferrell and Aaron Chipman tombstones

Stephen Chipman tombstone

Phoebe Davis Chipman tombstone

Stephen Chipman tombstone

Willard Lloyd Chipman tombstone

Phoebe Davis Chipman  tombstone

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

William Edwin Featherstone

In memory of William Edwin Featherstone, son of Thomas and Emma Featherstone, born 12 Jul 1856, died 24 Aug 1864.  American Fork City Cemetery, Utah.  Sandstone.  Broken.  Repaired.

William Edwin Featherstone headstone

Monday, November 2, 2009

South End Cemetery – East Hampton

The beauty of finding family headstones in an old cemetery.

South End Cemetery East Hampton

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