This clearly readable and lovely granite gravestone is of Rebecca STEWART, my 2nd great grand aunt. It was taken by Brian Zoldak this past Friday (11 May 2012) in the Crary Cemetery #65 in North Stonington, CT. I have used it with his permission.
Please notice the excellent system that he has in place for labeling his photographs. He is an active member of Find a Grave and his username and the photo number as well as a copyright symbol is on this work in the lower right corner. His goal is to record all the gravestones in this cemetery. I am so excited to meet Brian, whose photographs are some of the best I have seen.
Rebecca was the daughter of Edward Stewart and Rebecca Noyes, his wife. She was the first born child and her youngest brother, Dudley Wheeler Stewart was my ancestor. I have done considerable research on this line with the help of Gladys Chase of the North Stonington Historical Society.
Rebecca was born 12 Nov 1801 in North Stonington. She married Nathaniel Marsh CRARY as his second wife. This couple had three children together. But, as Nathaniel's first wife died in 1820, she left behind several young children for her husband to raise alone. These second wives certainly had a lot to do being a farmer's wife and raising another woman's children plus having her own.
Crary, Nathaniel M, m. Rebeckah Stewart both of North Stonington m. 18 July 1824 by Rev. Gideon Perry. p. 88 (Barbour Index of North Stonington)
Sadly, Rebecca's own three children did not live to adulthood. One son doesn't have a birth record and so I am hoping his gravestone gives me a clue as to his age at death.