Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Originally uploaded by midgefrazel
While looking for the gravestone of a family member, I noticed this replica of a gravestone and took a photo of it as I thought it was interesting, perhaps you do too?

Recently, I received an email asking if I knew any monument makers that could make colonial style replicas. If anyone knows of a company that specializes in this, please let me know. [I referred the man to the AGS]

This is not a member of my family but I do know after only a few minutes of research that the UTTER family is an old family of this area. [Nicholas Utter of Westerly, RI and a few of his descendants by Katherine Minerva Waterman, Westerly, 1941 Source: Ancestry.com]

Abram was originally buried on family land in Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island in a burying ground called Utter family plot behind this house. (HP 081) and all of the folks buried there have been removed from there and are re-interred here at River Bend Cemetery in Westerly, RI.

A quick look at a few family trees at Ancestry confirms that this man and his grandson who moved the family here are of interest to people's genealogy so I am putting this stone up for them to find.

The Utter family was the family that owned (for 140 years) the newspaper of the area called The Westerly Sun.

Abram or Abraham (from Arnold's Vital Records of RI Source; NEHGS) was born 18 Nov 1732, son of John and Elizabeth in Westerly 2:83. He was married to two women named Hannah and both marriages are recorded in the Hopkinton vital records.

The Utter genealogy tells us (in Chapter X), that Abram was the second son and that his father John was the son of Thomas. His first wife Hannah White and he had 3 children and that a son Zebulon was mistakenly marked as a daughter [dau] and as nothing more was written about him Arnold must have meant he was deceased. [dec]

Abram married secondly Hannah Burdick, a daughter of Hubbard 2d of Hopkinton and has by her two more sons and seven daughters. This book, tells us where his gravestone was located in the Utter family plot.

Genealogies can be misleading this way, as gravestone seekers, like myself, could try to go seeking that spot when his grave was moved in 1955 [book written in 1941]. One can guess that this gravestone might have been broken and too fragile to move but perhaps this replica is what it looked like. Nevertheless, this chapter in this book gives a lot of information about this man, his military service and his family. There is question about his religion but he was probably a Seventh Day Baptist.

He most assuredly knew members of my family and I won't be surprised to find out that he fits into my charts. Most of the time, noticing a gravestone nearby to your ancestors means that you were meant to find it.

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