Rob’s Surprise

In life you’ll meet many people and some will become  friends.  If you are lucky one of your friends will step up and do things you would never ask them to do.  Our friend Rob Surabian has become a best friend in the truest meaning of the words.  We normally meet on Sundays to work on cemetery restoration items.  He is often the first person there and gets right to work on projects.  His skills have quickly gone from a curious beginner to a highly skilled craftsman.  October 16th was our last meeting in Clark’s Cemetery.  We headed to Florida to vote and spend the winter in the Florida sunshine.  Yesterday we received an email from Rob with images of the work he had recently completed.  It was amazing that he took the time to spend a day working alone in Clark’s.  If you are looking for someone to do quality work, Rob can be reached at or (339) 933-1000.

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Septuagenarians Are Efficient.

Members of the Cemetery Advisory Committee and the Cemetery Restoration Partnership have been busy in the First Parish Burial Ground. A shout out to Kathy Clark and John Maney for spending hours cutting down and removing many cherry tree bushes throughout FP. These two septuagenarians are efficient. 

These two septuagenarians are efficient!
What Kathy & John got done.
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Confused Family Lines

The consanguinity of Cape Ann/New England is quite intriguing to me.  Old families are connected to each other in more ways than my mind can comprehend.  Yesterday we had a meeting in Rockport at the Old First Parish Burial Ground.  While talking about the family there Kathy informed me the daughter Judith Clark married her fourth cousin Ebenezer Clark.

16Jul20 13:30 Old First Parish ~ Rockport 10 Beach St, Rockport, MA 01966, US ◷ 16-Jul-20 01:30:24 PM

Today doing research Kathy provided yet another path of how her first husband’s early New England family intermixed with mine.  My stepdaughters’ tenth great grandfather’s grandson married my widowed ninth great grandmother.  She was Margaret Page Moulton Sanborn.  He was Lieutenant John Sanborn, grandson of Reverend Stephen Bachiler.  I know there must be a country song titled “My Stepdaughters Are Also My Cousins”. 

These facts make me think my DNA is in a circular pattern. 

Below is an excerpt from one of Dana Story’s books on the topic of families intermarrying.

Growing Up in a Shipyard

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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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