Gloucester GAR Members

A few years ago I visited the GAR Museum in Lynn.  I was told that Gloucester’s Post 45 had records, artifacts and photos which disappeared when the Post was closed.  I copied the images of some of the Gloucester natives who were members of Post 5 in Lynn.  I published them in Find A Grave.  Some lucky family members will be pleasantly surprised. I wish whoever took the GAR items from Gloucester would return them. Wouldn’t I be pleasantly surprised to see photos of the veterans buried in Clark’s!

Two of the men are buried in Gloucester.  Melville Stevens is buried in Langsford.  His father was Joseph R. Stevens and his mother was Arzelia Morgan.  He was born in 1839 and married Medora Sargent on November 23, 1865.  He was a private in Company G, 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery.  He transferred from Post 45 to Post 5 on September 3, 1891.

Henry Parsons Bray was born on October 17, 1834.  He was married to Mary A Adams and after her death he was married to Mary E Robeson.  He was the son of Captain Thomas Bray and Rachel Robbins. He was a private in the 25th Unattached Massachusetts Infantry.  He died on September 23, 1913 and is buried in Sumner St. Cemetery.

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We Know…

…where the bodies are buried. The High/Prospect St. Cemetery has many stories about who is buried there. Some believe no one is buried there. The super duper researcher I am married to found the plot list in the Gloucester Archives. Now we need to find a way to return all of the headstones to their proper locations. All of the monuments are now piled up in the middle of the cemetery.

High/Prospect St. on bottom of image. The next image starts with plot 68
The remaining plots.

In the beginning of the Partnership we had choose the motto:

“We Know Where The Bodies Are Buried”

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A big thank you goes to Lois Hamilton in the Gloucester Archives. My wife couldn’t find any records for John T. LeSueur. John T. is buried with his father and mother in Clark’s Cemetery. She found his birth date of September 28, 1857 under the name Lefreve. She found his death record of September 24, 1863 under the name Lashore. No wonder I couldn’t find anything. I am looking forward to seeing the names on the front of the stone we will be righting on Sunday. Will there be any surprises?

Spelling is important, but creative spelling is importanter
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Sunday 5/25

Work party tomorrow between 10:00 ~ 12:00 at First Parish and Clark’s

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End of an Era

Today several volunteers showed up to do a landscaping cleanup at Cove Hill/Lanes Cove Cemetery.  The McGraths have cared for the cemetery for many years, but have retired and are no longer able to do so. The Mayor of Gloucester recognized them with a certificate of appreciation for their years of hard work.

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When He Was 10

Israel Trask was 10 when the snowball fight/riot happened.  Turning privateer at 12.  To read more about this person who is buried in First Parish Burial Ground use this link: Israel Trask War Accounts

For even more information about Israel Trask he is a chapter in the book “I Was A Teenager In The American Revolution” by Elizabeth Ryan Metz.  He is in chapter 2 and his privateering adventures are also detailed.

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William Dolliver

We straightened three headstones and two foot stones in the area of First Parish that has many Revolutionary soldiers  and their families.  We also started on the restoration of Patriot William Dolliver. Mount Pleasant Memorials donated a marble base, and Russell Hobbs was able to cut a slot in it to accept the Dolliver headstone.  After leveling the location for the base the crew leveled the base and inserted the lower section of the monument in place.  

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Sunday 9/23

Tomorrow, 9/23 from 10:00 ~ 12:00 the Cemetery Restoration Partnership and Clark’s Cemetery Restoration crews will be in First Parish repairing a Dolliver headstone and in Clark’s work will be righting Anderson monument.  Please stop by to say Hi, volunteer for any amount of time you have, or to ask questions about what is going on in theses old cemeteries.

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Great Day in the Grave Yards

What a great day in the grave yards!  There were two crews working today, one in First Parish and another in Clark’s.  In Clark’s the volunteers were guided by the professionals from Mount Pleasant Memorials.  There is no doubt that without their guidance and experience the 1,980 pound Josiah Stevens monument would not be vertical again, proudly resting on its base. 

The second crew located several Revolutionary War Veterans’ graves. Two of them are nothing but stubs of markers in a base. William Dolliver’s family stones were dug out of the sod and evaluated for repair and resetting.  The base was located, but may not be usable.  Next week we will make more progress on these stones.  A new base can either be manufactured or Mount Pleasant Memorials may have one that will work.  One of the tall tablet monuments was also straightened.  The whole back area seems to be populated with patriot graves.  An area well worth restoration!

The crew: Sandy Barry, John & Chris Maney, Rick Fraelick, John McNally, Russell & Melissa Hobbs, and my wife Kathy.

A special thank you goes the Mount Pleasant Memorial crew of: John & Julie Nicastro, their son Jeremy and employee Eli Coffin.  One memorable moment was Eli’s ear to ear grin when the monument was resting on its base.  It was a pure feeling of satisfaction!

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Sunday 9/16 Clark’s Cemetery Event

This Sunday, starting at 10:00 AM, volunteers from the Cemetery Advisory Committee, Clark’s Cemetery restoration crew, and the Cemetery Restoration Partnership will be working in Clark’s to right what we believe is the Josiah Stevens, Jr. monument.  Josiah is a Civil War Veteran and has been knocked down for several years.  The monument weighs approximately 1,980 pounds.  Stop by and watch our crew at work, learn about Clark’s Cemetery or spend time volunteering.  

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