Tombstone Tuesday Case in Point: Capt. Nathan Barber
Cemetery Exists and is recorded, but is neglected
(4th great grand uncle, Revolutionary War Veteran)
|Fallen Gravestone of Capt. Nathan Barber|
Photo by Midge Frazel, 2007
|RI Historic Cemetery Westerly #5, photo by Midge Frazel, 30 May 2007|
When we arrived on the Shore Road, I asked her for the name of the street. This is my photo of the house across the street. Maybe it belonged to my Saunders or Peckham ancestors?
|House across the street from the land of the cemetery|
Photo by Midge Frazel
We didn't have great resources and online maps then so I took a photo of the house behind me. She pointed down to the field below road level. We, carefully, stepped down the side of the hill. The graveyard was a sorry sight. Broken stones and almost underground. I took this photo of the sign and worried about ever trying to find it again. The light was too bright. All I can do now is confirm that these headstones are actually there.
When we returned to her house she pulled out her book copy of Westerly & Its Witnesses and together we found the cemetery in it. Barber Ground #1, p. 276 (I had to piece this screen shot together.)
|Westerly & its Witnesses by Rev. Frederic Denison, out of copyright|
Checking Find-a-Grave, I find that it is called Nathan Barber Lot. (Keeping track? That's three names for one small graveyard.) Two gravestones show there and it looks like a farm fence surrounds the plot. I have no memory of that fence.
These are my previous posts:
Blog Post: Nathan Barber, Sr.
Blog post: Nathan Barber, Jr.
Blog Post: Thankful Maxson