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Pine Hill Cemetery – Bridport Vermont May 27, 2018

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Bridport Cemetery  Pine Hill Cemetery, Bridport Vermont – final resting place of Sally Foot Murdock – my 3x great grandmother

Sally Foot Murdock Bridport  Grave marker – Sally Foot Murdock

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Saint Augustine’s Church Cambridgeshire England October 22, 2017


The following is an inscription found in the graveyard of this church

“Say, knyght, dawter to Lawrence Cheyne, esqwyr, of Cambridge shyre.  A woman of nobyl blode, and most nobyl in grace and mannors.  She dyed xxv Septemb.  M.ccc.lxxiii, and was enterryed in this parysh church, abyding the body of her said husband; whos sowls God bring to everlastyng lyff.”

For Elizabeth Cheney Say, 1424-1473   my 15th Great Grandmother


Chillingham Cemetery Northumberland England August 19, 2017


St. Pater’s Parish Church, Northumberland Unitary Authority, Northumberland, England.  Looks lonely.  Final resting place for Thomas Grey, 1448-1498, my 15th Great Grandfather


In Pursuit Of Joseph Reed July 5, 2017

I have an ancestor, one of my 3rd great grandfathers, who was born in Maine in 1780 and died in Maine in 1850.  He was married to Sarah Maddox who was born in Maine in 1770.  They had a daughter, Abigail Hinds Reed, who was born in December 1804 in Gloucester Massachusetts.  Abigail married Samuel Friend, 1806-1884.  Abigail and Samuel were my Great Great Grandparents.

They are buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Gloucester.  “He was respected for his integrity”   “Her life was a benediction”

Back to the question of my ancestor Joseph Reed.  Were his parents farmers? or involved in the fishing industry?  Were they part of the extended Reed family from Ireland?  from Kilkenny?  or Donegal?  or Londonderry?  or Scotland?  Were they Protestant, or Catholic?  Questions abound.

I have consulted one reference, a book which detailed many many Reeds but in my initial perusal I didn’t spot a Joseph Reed who fit the scanty information I have already.




Crown Point New York April 21, 2017

Crown Point Essex County New York appears fairly frequently in my Family Tree.  I think of it particularly as the place where my grandmother Mary Elizabeth Murdock was born.  Her parents are buried there, also her great grandparents, and now I find that her great great grandmother died there.  My grandmother’s great great grandmother would be my 3X great grandmother.

Wolcott Cemetery Crown Pt

Catherine Losey, my 4X Great Grandmother, was laid to rest in the Wolcott Cemetery in Crown Point in 1820.  She was born in New Jersey.


The Cat Caught The Rat…….. March 9, 2017

Filed under: Cats,Cemeteries,Rats — Janet @ 10:40 pm

IMG_2609              IMG_2610  I did not enjoy this job but needs must – the rat is now suitably buried in the back garden and a (tomb)stone marks the spot.


Gravemarkers May 26, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Burial Grounds,Cemeteries,Genealogy — Janet @ 10:14 pm

John Hutchins

Not only do I find a certain beauty in old churches and old cemeteries, but old grave markers can have a special beauty and dignity.  Here the ground surrounding the marker rather detracts from the beauty of the stone.

The marker for John Hutchins is n the Granary Burying Ground in Boston.  John Hutchins was my 6X Great Grandfather.  He was born in England in 1673, emigrated to New England, and died in Boston at age 65.

Below is the Granary Burying Ground.  The photo was taken in October 2010 by Susan Kaufmann


Granary Burying Ground Boston




At Rest May 25, 2016

Final resting place of Thomas Knowlton, my 8X Great Grandfather.  Thomas died in 1774 in Shrewsbury Massachusetts.

Thomas Knowlton Resting Place

I find this a lovely photo.  It does look peaceful


King’s Chapel Boston April 29, 2016

King's Chapel  Burial Ground for my ancestor Col Thomas Dexter Thomas was an early settler who arrived in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630.  He was born in Bristol England in 1594.  He lived to the ripe old age of 82.


Tributes To Some Of My Ancestors April 20, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Cemeteries,Genealogy,Revolutionary War 1776-1783 — Janet @ 4:57 pm

memorial to rev war soldiers newbury

This memorial is in Newbury Mass.  Now to identify if I am related to any of these fallen soldiers.