Granite in MY Blood will be on a Blogging VACATION
from April 22 to April 28
Midge will return for Tombstone Tuesday on
|Photo of the double grave of Thomas Bent and his wife Mary, |
North Cemetery, Wayland, 2012. Collection of Midge Frazel
This double stone lies outside of the cemetery proper, along the road, which is clearly eroding it faster, as you can see when you look at the photo by Bill Boyington (Find a Grave Memorial). Notice the flags and the SAR flag holders next to the stone. At the top it says, "Memento mori", and the two winged effigies are of different styles considering this stone was carved at the same time. The words, "In Memory of" span both sides of the gravestone.
|Google Books, out of copyright.|
|Google Books, out of copyright, 1907, page 235|
|Photo collection of Midge Frazel, 2008|
|Flora a photo by Midge Frazel, 5 Oct 2012|
Sometimes, an amazing gravestone just catches my eye as I am walking through a cemetery. At the time, I took this photo, I did not try to look it up in the Vital Records to 1850 of Massachusetts.
Since this area is now Wayland and was once Sudbury, I decided to look in the vital records of Wayland first. I immediately went to the last page where many unidentified deaths are recorded and found her. That was easy, I thought. So I went back to the main page and searched and found her listed as Flora "Negroes".
Such a lovely stone. Flora deserves to be remembered for her long life, prior to 1850. Rest in Peace.
|Photo from the collection of Midge Frazel, 1962|
|Photo from the collection of Midge Frazel|
|Photo by Midge Frazel, North Cemetery, Wayland, MA|
|Photo by Midge Frazel, 2012|
|1865 RI State Census, Hall family, Westerly, RI. Ancestry.com|
Mercy Perkins Hall
In yesterday's post, I showed the heading for this page of the RI State Census of 1865 for the household of Alvah Taylor's family of Main St. Westerly, RI. Mr. Taylor is the father-in-law of Keziah Hall, whose mother was Mercy Perkins, widow of Stanton Hall. With the help of Barbara Fallon, my cousin from Westerly, RI, I located the gravestones for this family in River Bend Cemetery in Westerly. I was looking just for Stanton and Mercy but what I found was the gravestones for their children and Alvah Taylor too. It is a fond memory to stand there and see the grouping of the stones and to spend delightful hours working on them.
I don't yet know who the people are below Mercy on lines 18-20 but I am working on it. Surname is Foster, I think and he is a teacher from nearby Connecticut. His children, including an 8 month old baby are with him but there is no wife listed so perhaps he worked on the farm with Alvah Taylor after the school day ended. He would have needed someone to help with his children while he taught and farmed.
Mercy had plenty of experience with children. She was one at marriage. She was 14. I still find that hard to grasp.
This state census says she was born in Richmond, RI. Her parents moved from RI to New York and probably her choice was to be a nanny or get married.
She was the last child in her family. It has been so hard to find out anything certain about her. That's why seeing this state census is so special.