Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Williams LATHAM

Williams LATHAM
Originally uploaded by midgefrazel
Carnival of Genealogy 71st ed. "Local History"

This very humble granite gravestone is double-sided with the husband's information on one side and the wife's information on the other.

It is faded and worn with not much information other than their first and last names and the full dates of their birth and death.

If it wasn't for the person I was "gravestone hopping" with, I might not have given it a second look and that would have been a terrible oversight. [This grave is in Mount Prospect Cemetery in Bridgewater, MA.]

Williams LATHAM was a lawyer and the author of Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Illustrated with Plans and Views published in 1882 by Henry T. Pratt in Bridgewater, MA.

Latham's work is revered by all those who work with family members who lived in Bridgewater as he recorded gravestones and made plot maps for the oldest resting places in Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater. Without his work, it would have been impossible for me to find all of the Perkins gravestones in my current project.

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910 and Federal Census Records of Bridgewater, MA 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880.


Eben said...

What a fitting tribute to a near-forgotten man. Many thanks for giving him his due.

I'll go 'hopping' with you anytime.


Bill West said...

Thanks for posting the photo. I've
seen Latham's book online and it
hadn't occurred to me that he might be buried in one of the Bridgewaters