Monthly Archives: August 2017

One Nickel At A Time

Generating money for supplies is always a challenge.  We do get donations from time to time, and for that we are always grateful.  When the partiers don’t smash their bottles on the gravestones we collect them.  Every nickel helps…

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McKay Family and More

On Monday (8/28) I dug out the big knotweed clumps around the McKay grave markers.  These are very different from the other headstones and monuments in Clark’s.  They are flat and set in the ground like modern stones.  They appear … Continue reading

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Connecting the Living With Long Gone Family Members

Today we met the great and great great granddaughters of Alexander M. Benson.  They were searching for information and found a link to the Clark’s Cemetery Facebook page with the recent information that was posted about this long lost ancestor.  … Continue reading

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Spotted our  first snake in the cemetery today.  I don’t know what kind it was, but he was relocated to First Parish. One of the monuments that I have wanted to repair since starting this project is Sydney Woodbury. The top … Continue reading

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Alexander M. Benson

Alexander was a mariner and died very young.  His baby daughter is buried next to him.  Little Mary C. died when she fell into a pan of boiling water.  Alex died two years later of a sudden hemorrhage of the … Continue reading

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Douglass Family

We have visited the Douglass family in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in East Gloucester.  The lichens grow like crazy there.  We have worked on the main monument, and we also attended to several other individual tombstones. I will be adding … Continue reading

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Tompkins Family

With all the broken bottles around the Tompkins’ plot, their headstones were clearly one of the favorite targets for the purpose of breaking bottles and destroying their family’s ability to visit the grave and remember them.   ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” … Continue reading

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In reading causes of death in the death records of Gloucester, it is not unusual to see Consumption as the cause of death. It is also called Tuberculosis, Phthisis, Scrofula, Pott’s Disease, and the White Plague. It has plagued our … Continue reading

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