Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ruth Haskins Emerson

widow of Rev. William Emerson
and daughter of John & Hannah (Upham) Haskins
Bor in Boston Nov 1776 died in Concord 7 Nov 1853

"Blest in every domestic relation, in her father's house
in her own, and in those of her sons, she yet endured lasting trials with courage and patience.
Here grandchildren, who learned their
letters at her knee, remember her as a
serene and serious presences; her sons
regarded her with entire love and reverence
and in the generation to which she belonged
it was said of her that she resembled
a vessel laid up unto the Lord
if polished gold without
and full of heavenly manna within.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Comstock brothers died at sea

In memory of. . . in the Old North Burial Ground in Providence:

Benjamin Comstock

Benjamin W. Comstock
Son of
Jesse & Ann Comstock
Born Dec. 17, 1808
Died on board
Steam Ship Empire City
on her passage from
Chagres to New York
Nov. 4, 1859
In the 42d year of his age
His remains are here interred

Husband and father

[next stone]

Catherine Corhan
Wife of
Benjamin Comstock
Born July 9, 1809
Died Dec. 9, 1901

Jesse Comstock

Erected in Memory
aged 20 years & 7 months
son of
Jesse & Ann Comstock
who perished in Long Island Sound
on the evening of
Jan 13, 1840,
by the destruction of
Steam Boat Lexington

He lies beneath the lone blue sea
He sleeps where the pearls lie deep
He was loved of all yet none
by his grave may keep

[side 2]

The Steam Boat Lexington
was destroyed by Fire
in Long Island Sound
Huntongton Lighthouse
on the evening of Jan. 13,
by which disaster
of 150 persons, passengers
and crew
only 4 were saved.

William Comstock

Erected in Memory
William W. Comstock
Third son of
Jesse & Ann Comstock
Born in providence
March 29, 1813,
Lost at sea, Sept. 27,

[side 2]

Wm. W. Comstock perished at sea
Sept. 27, 1854
in Laty. 47 N Long 52 W.
while on his passage home from Europe
on board the U.S. M. Steam Ship Arctic
by collision with the French Steamer Vesta.
The Arctic foundering in 5 hours
carrying down 200 passengers and
over 100 of her officers and crew.
His estimable character,
and enduring qualities as a husband,
father, son, brother, and friend. . .

Frances Leseur - Mt. Auburn

Is it the perspective or was she really all that angry?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Joseph Story - Mt. Auburn

Joseph Story (1779-1845) was one the America's early notable jurists, and would eventually sit on the US Supreme Court. A resident of Cambridge he was the first president of the Mount Auburn Cemetery Association and one of the principal speakers at the opening of Mt. Auburn Cemetery in 1831.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ephraim Brown - Old Hill Burying Ground, Concord, MA

In Memory of
Deacon Ephraim Brown,
who departed this Life Oct 9th AD 1788
Aged 78

By the fruit we may judge "He was a good man
full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith"
His pious Soul urged on the rage
T' improve the pow'rs which God hath given
Till full of days and ripe with grace
He left the earth and hew to heaven

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Waldo Emerson - Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA

Waldo Emerson
Died 27 January 1842
Five years and three months old

The hyacinthine boy for whom
Morn well might break and April bloom
The gracious boy who did adorn
The world where into he was born

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Eli Jones and his wife Mary - Mt. Auburn

Was he really as hard as he looks?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Richard Waterman - Swan Point

Side 1:

The Burial Place
Col. Richard Waterman
one of
the original proprietors
of the town of Providence
and of
the town of Warwick

Side 2:

He came from Bristol, England,
to Boston
with Roger Williams,
in the ship Lion A.D. 1631,
resided several years in Salem,
and came to Providence
in the spring of 1638.
In May 1644, he was before the general court
of Massachusetts,
and found to be "erroneous,
heretical and obstinate,"
and was "banished
upon pain of death
if he return."

Side 3:

He died, in October, 1673;
and on the 26th day
of that month
was buried on this consecrated spot,
where also rest the remains
of his descendants
to the third generation.

Side 4:

Erected 1840
Richard Waterman
Son of Rufus
Sn of Amaziah
Son of Richard
Son of Nathaniel
who was the son of
Richard Waterman

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Keyes-Prescott - Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA

Reportedly the founders of the cemetery:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Turkey at Mt. Auburn

Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, is a well-known birder hangout -- and the first weekend of May saw birders out in force. This is one reason why. . .

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Samuel Greene - Swan Point

Samuel Greene
Born April 16, 1809.
Died Oct. 2, 1852.

For earth, his motto was,
my country - my family - my business.
To the first, a patriotic son.
To the second,
a devoted husband, and kind father,
and affectionate brother.
And in the last, energetic, exact,
and honest in an eminent degree.
For heaven,
it was the great creator:God here, God there,
God always,.

Laura Tyler Green
wife to Samuel Green
Daughter of Capt. Solomon Tyler
March 15, 1805
May 5, 1881
Rest in peace.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Edith Wolt - Mt. Auburn

Daughter of Peter and Mary Helen Wolt, Grandchild of Baker and Mary McNear, born Aug 21 1869, died Feb. 8, 1881.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA

Sleepy Hollow, Concord's largest cemetery with some 10,000 gravesites, is located one block east of Monument Square, on Bedford Street. One of the first "pastoral" cemeteries in the United States, Sleepy Hollow is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Two of the most visited areas are "Authors Ridge"  and the Melvin Memorial.

"Mourning Victory," commonly known as the Melvin Memorial was and commissioned by James Melvin in memory of his three brothers who died during the Civil War, was created by his boyhood friend, Daniel Chester French. Mr. French who also designed the Minuteman Statue at Concord's North Bridge and the Lincoln Statue in Washington's D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial. French is himself buried nearby, on the ridge directly behind the monument.

To the right of the Melvin Memorial, up a short stretch of road lies a hollow, on the far side of which is "Authors Ridge." Here you will find the graves of Henry Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott and her father, Bronson Alcott. Each is buried in a family plot and marked with modest stones. Hawthorne's marker, in keeping with his personal reserve, bears only his last name, while Emerson created his own epitaph: "The passive master lent his hand to the vast soul which o'er him planned." (from his poem, The Problem).

Emerson's stone faces a large boulder at the base of the hill, which covers the resting place of Ephraim Wales Bull, the originator of the celebrated Concord Grape. At the Alcott plot, Ms. Alcott is surrounded by her father, mother and sisters, whom she made famous in Little Women. Except for Louisa May, the Alcott stones bear only the occupants’ initials. Tragedy hovers here. Bronson Alcott died on March 4, 1888, and Louisa May, gravely ill with pneumonia and shaken by his passage, died two days later. Both were buried on the same day later in the spring when the ground had thawed sufficiently.

Visit the cemetery website:

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Swan Point - Memorial Day 2011

A gorgeous late spring day in Providence demanded a stroll through one of New England's premier garden cemeteries -- and being Memorial Day, what we used to call "Decoration" Day, it was doubly important that we stop and pay our respects to so many who have lived, loved and left.





W. O. Briggs

Robbie Aldrich

Amy Fletcher


Charles Gauch

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Capt. Thomas Vaughn Swan Point - updated 6/7/11

In celebration of Memorial Day, re-enactors from Battery B, 1st Rhode Island Artillery held a quiet ceremony at the graveside of Captain Thomas Vaughn. Recalling his service as the first commanding officer of the battery and his exemplary service in the Civil War, the tribute also noted his strength of character was not confined solely to the army. His death by drowning in 1874 while trying to save the lives of others was recalled with a poignancy that still resonates after more than 135 years.

After the wreath and rose were laid and speeches set aside, the bugler finished the ceremony with Taps.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mount Auburn - Memorial Day Weekend 2011

Technically, we were there on Friday morning, not the beginning of the weekend per se. Still, it was a gorgeous day, and where better to spend it than in one of America's landmark garden cemeteries?






John Dix Fisher