Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Old Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield

On our way back to Boston in 2003, to attend the conference, we drove north to Marshfield.  I was curious about the cemetery in that town. Susanna White had remarried to Edward Winslow who also lost his first wife in that first winter in Plymouth.  See the plaque above - click and it will open but depending on your browser either click back or close out the page at the top.

I wrote about our visit in my journal Trip to New England May/June 2003:

Friday started out a beautiful sunny day on Cape Cod. I could not find a cloud in the sky.  We had to go back to Boston.  We checked out at 10 am as was required and made our way back to Plymouth.  After a few stops here and there for supplies and things we headed north.  We took the turn off to Marshfield so that we could find the Winslow house. (See photos below) It was wonderful and much larger than I had anticipated. I stood on my tiptoes to try and see inside the windows. You can go on tours of this wonderful house built in 1699 but it was not open yet for the season.  The house was built by Isaac Winslow a grandson, I believe of Josiah Winslow a son of Susanna and Edward Winslow.  She had remarried after the death of William White.  The Winslow house is close to land owned by Resolved White and Peregrine White so it was good that I at least visited.  We also stopped at the Winslow Cemetery and saw Daniel Webster’s grave site and Isaac Winslow's but the stones were so old and broken it was hard find graves.  No one knows were Susanna is buried.  No one knows were Resolved is buried either.  I have read that he probably died in Salem.  These people of course are my Mayflower connections. Winslow House 1699

Find A Grave: Winslow Cemetery, Marshfield  

Overview of the Winslow Cemetery

The Monument to the Early Settlers

Isaac Winslow House

Wikipedia has an article on Edward Winslow who is a very interesting man:  The article does give the children and there is a link to Josiah that leads to Issac Winslow:  Edward Winslow

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: National Monument to the Forefathers, Plymouth, MA

Because so many of the Mayflower passengers and some of their descendants final resting places are unknown the next best offering to their memories are monuments. 

In Plymouth, Massachusetts there is the National Monument to the Forefathers a very imposing tribute.  I visited this monument in 2003.

This video on You Tube is very good and it explains the monument to some degree and were it is located.  It is a slight bit political:

From Destination Plymouth Co., MA:

Monument to the Forefathers, Plymouth, MA

Closer yet to the Monument

The statue on top

The first list of the passengers
2nd list - William White is 5th from the bottom above the paragraph.
They include his sons
One of several murals with subjects like Liberty another was Education
The first inscription with two of the statues the one on the right is Morality

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: The Sarcophagus in Plymouth, MA

There are many museums, locations, historical sites, restaurants and....wineries to visit in Plymouth, of course there is Plymouth Rock with all its legends. 

Here is another tourism website filled with ideas for exploring Plymouth Co., Massachusetts:

From this website SAIL 1620:

Here is a description of the sarcophagus that is a monument to the first 51 Mayflower passengers that died the first winter. 

1921 — Cole's Hill Pilgrim Memorial Tomb, Water Street, Plymouth MA

Known as the "Sarcophagus," this 9'8" x 4'4" x 6'5" granite tomb is the final resting place of the bones of the Pilgrims who died the first winter. Their names are listed on one side. Unfortunately, because the names’ letters are bronze attachments, they, and those on the other three sides, are constantly subject to vandalism. Inside, a plain pine box 24x12x12 inches contains the bones that had been in the top of the old 1883 Billings Plymouth Rock canopy that was replaced this year. The tomb was ordered by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants at a cost of $25,000. The Pilgrim Society eventually assumed its care and upkeep and then passed it to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Sarcophagus is the site of a memorial sunset service during each triennial General Congress of the Society of Mayflower Descendants.

This website The Plymouth Colony Pages shows a photo and has many of the old homes in the area and beyond.

My quest was to find out more about William White, my Mayflower ancestor, his wife Susanna and their sons Peregrine and Resolved.  (Pronounced with the "ed".)

I would like to caution you about Susanna.  So far they have not determined what her maiden name was.  In the past many have given her the last name of  "Tilley" or "Fuller."  This is not correct, however, you will see it in very old references and sources.  This website gives a brief summary of Susanna White.  William her husband is also hard to research.

My visit to the sarcophagus for the first 51 settlers

Locating William White's name which was not easy to read 3rd from bottom

A tribute and more.
Wikipedia has a list of the first 51 who died that winter in Plimouth with more information for research:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mayflower & More...

Back in 2003, I had the opportunity to visit Plymouth and Boston, Massachusetts.  My husband had a conference to attend and I tagged along. 

Me outside the Mayflower House Museum 2003
I was in search of my Mayflower lineage and so I was curious about all the Mayflower history and wanted to see it for myself. 

We rented a condo on Cape Cod with our condo club ownership and used my husband's accumulated hotel points to pay for the expensive hotel in Boston.  Staying on Cape Cod (South Yarmouth) gave us easy access to the whole Cape Cod experience.  We traveled up the peninsula to Provincetown stopping at various lighthouses along the way.  We explored Provincetown and visited several more monuments ending up in a restaurant with a martini bar.

Most of the time we drove up to Plymouth to sight see in and around the town.  I did research at the Mayflower Library annex behind the big Mayflower Museum House.  I highly recommend it for it is like one stop shopping for New England Titles even though you may find these titles in most very large libraries, archives and genealogical societies like the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. Also stop and take the tour of the Mayflower House Museum.

Here some links that are well worth exploring: 

General Society of Mayflower Descendants:

Plimouth Plantation is worth the visit, plan to be there all day if not more:

This website is the Town of Plymouth and it gives a list of other museums and more to investigate like the Pilgrims Museum:

National Monument to the Forefathers and I will share my photos with you in a next post:

The ship a replica of the Mayflower is anchored in the harbor and fun to explore.  Mayflower II is worth taking a tour but be prepared to explain where you come from to the crew.  The Pacific Northwest was not known in 1628 and I had trouble figuring out what to tell him the actor playing a part.  He did very well and showed me no mercy.  He was finally okay with we mentioned California.

Mayflower II
Oh yes, we did visit Plimouth Plantation and spent a good day there walking around and seeing the sights.

As I recall we wandered the very large cemetery up on the hill in Plymouth called Burial Hill.  It looked out on the landscape and some of the headstones were amazing.  I studied the names and dates while my husband talked on his cellphone. HA! There are other cemeteries in the area like: Vine, Oak Grove, St. Joseph, etc.

We headed back to Boston for the conference and traveled up through South Duxbury to Marshfield and on to Scituate having lunch at a cafe there.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rice Cemetery, Milan Twp., Monroe Co., Ohio

Forgive me but I jumped ahead and didn't take you to the Rice Cemetery in Milan Twp.  So I am sandwiching this in between the October 30 and Nov 13th posts.  

After I finished up at the Goss Cemetery near Morenci, I headed up to the Rice Cemetery in Milan Twp., Monroe Co., Michigan.  My reason was to visit the gravesite of Flora Montanye Osborn my cousin.  Flora did a lot of research on the Goss Family, corresponding with Paul H. Goss, another Goss researchers.  I have been sharing about Flora on the Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. blog presenting some of her findings.  You can access that blog by going to the right side of this blog and clicking on the Solomon Goss Blog link.

Below is a repeat of the post I did for the Solomon Goss blog on November 4, 2012:  

My day trip visiting cemeteries in Michigan in August 2007 included a quick trip up to Monroe County and the Rice Cemetery. My goal was to pay my respects to Flora Montanye Osborn who had done work on the Goss family line years ago. I drove through Adrian and headed east toward the town of Milan.  The Rice Cemetery is southwest of Milan on Dennison Road north of Hictory and south of Redman Road.  It is nestled in a grove of trees on the left if you are going north.
 Find A Grave has a listing for this cemetery, a map and tombstone photographs.
 Source:  Rice Cemetery, Milan Twp., Dennison Road, at Mead Road, Compiled by Linda Ziegler, Frieda Kellie & Shirley Keehn, June 10, 1980.  Another version is the Rice Cemetery, transcribed by Linda Alair October 2000.
I made a call to the genealogical society for help in obtaining a published transcription of this cemetery.  Here is the Genealogical Society of Monroe Co., Michigan link:
Flora and Frederick's tombstone
Flora and Frederick Lester Osborn's tombstone
Flora's DAR Emblem
Another Stone for Flora
Another stone for Frederick Lester Osborne
The Rice Tombstone:
The Rice Family Tombstone
Closer to the Rice Family Tombstone (just click on the photo and it should open in a larger screen and then click your back button to return).
Up closer to this tombstone - Rice Family
Lewis M. Osborn tombstone, son of Frederick Lester and Flora.
Lewis Osborn, Flora's Son

My trip was complete and I headed west back to Fort Wayne traveling back through the town of Adrian, the county seat of Lenawee County. Here I am next to Flora and her husband's stone.  It was a very good day!
Flora and Me!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Goss Cemetery, Lenawee Co., Michigan

My goal at the Goss Cemetery was to visit my 3rd Great Uncle the Rev. Levi Goss' tombstone.  In my blog:  Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio, I have written a series of posts about the life of Levi as I know it. The series starts with the date of July 16, 2012 to October 2012. You can access the other blog by  looking to the right of this blog in the side panel and you will find a link to the Solomon Goss blog under My Blog List.  By the way Solomon Goss was Levi's father and his mother was Olive Scott Goss. His sister Lydia Goss Spracklin is my 3rd great grandmother.

Levi and Sophia Goss Tombstone

The picture below gives a close up of the inscriptions on this obelisk, first Sophia, his wife.  I wish I knew more about Sophia like when and were she was born (New York) and when she and Levi got married? Most of my information comes from Flora Montanye Osborn their descendant.  I have not had time to really dig into this line of Goss.

Sophia, wife of Levi Goss
Died Feb. 24, 1856 Age 55 years (b. abt. 1801)

Here is Levi's information:

Levi Goss, died Mar. 31, 1872 Age 78 years (b. about 1794)

Sophia's mother Nancy Rummerfield's stone if featured below.  She is another female with little information on her past:

Nancy wife of S. Rummerfield
Died Feb. 25, 1838 in the 63 year of her age

Levi & Sophia's Monument with other family tombstones spreading to the right.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Goss Cemetery, near Morenci, Lenawee Co., Michigan

Back in August of 2007 I had a chance to attend the Federation of Genealogical Society conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Well, I could not pass that up because Fort Wayne is home to the Allen County Public Library which has a very big genealogical collection.  The library is now about 6 years old and is beautiful to visit.  The Federation of Genealogical Societies will be having their 2013 conference there in August and I highly recommend going to both.  Here is a preliminary flyer:

Be prepared to have an interesting experience flying into and out of Fort Wayne.  In Chicago, I walked and walked to get to the plane boarding area.  On the way out of Fort Wayne I ended up being routed to Texas and then to Seattle because they had canceled my flight.  The Fort Wayne Airport check in attendant was extremely helpful, so you are in good hands.

Allen County Library interior

The other factor was that Ohio and Michigan were not that far away.  I decided to take a drive up to Lenawee and Monroe County, Michigan.  I wanted to pay a visit to my 3rd great uncle Levi Goss and then visit his great granddaughter Flora Montanye Osborn.  Flora did a lot of research on the Goss family back in the early 1900's up to her death in 1951.  She is my 3rd cousin twice removed.

So I visited the Goss Cemetery near Morenci in Lenawee County first. I then traveled north and visited the Rice Cemetery in Milan Twp., Monroe Co., Michigan were Flora rests with her closer relatives.

I like to have a published copy of the cemetery before I visit.  Here is my source.

Source:  Burial Records of Lenawee County, Michigan, Vol. 2, Medina Twp., #3 Goss/Perry/Woodworth Addition, Morenci, Michigan, 2011, FHL#977.431 V3b V.2.

Find A Grave has a listing for this cemetery and not necessarily tombstone photos.

I was going east toward the town of Morenci and blew right by this cemetery.  However as I drove west I was able to find it easily on the north side of the road.  Sometimes it pays to travel a road both ways to find what you are looking for, HA!

Overview Goss Cemetery, Lenawee Co., MI

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pleasant Hill Cemetery Summary

The bugs were very unkind that day and the sky was threatening so I aimed for the tombstones that I was most interested in.  I did feel there was a lot more to explore in this cemetery because it is filled with Maske, Walters, Smith and a more.

This brings the Pleasant Hill Cemetery photographs to a close and it is time to move on again to other cemeteries and topics. 

This also ends my trip to North Carolina which in retrospect was very interesting and quite unique.  Unfortunately I do not have any ancestors in my world who came from this state so it was all client work, unless my McDonald's side lived here for awhile before heading to Canada? Yes, interesting? 

Here is a Family Tree by a T. Davis and he does have some Walters and their family information as featured in the tombstones that I have shared.  You can even download a GEDCOM.

My trip was not all work but a great deal of play.  We visited Biltmore Mansion in Asheville for a couple of days and I am ready to move in.  Another stop and wonderful place was the Carolina Rapter Center .  We followed that with the Latte Plantation

Biltmore from the Lake

Learning about Raptors

Latte Plantation
Did I mention the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, NC?  I wanted to take it home with me or just live there.  Go visit, it is a library that you will find very interesting and very wonderful.  They have a genealogical and history area upstairs in the North Carolina Room and it was heaven.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: #4 - Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Union Co., NC

Marshaleen H. Maske Aug 7, 1930 to Sept. 3, 1996
Married June 18, 1948
Jack E. Nov. 25, 1928 -

Wm. J.B. 1921-1972 and
Hazel Hinson 1925 -

H. Walter son of J.F. & E.C. Stewart
Born July 14, 1892 and died
June 14, 1899

U.A. Walters born Nov. 11, 1827
Died:  Feb. 21, 1908

Wilmerth Walters
Born Sep. 25, 1831,
Died Aug. 2, 1912

U.A. Walters again

At Rest - Jonah M. Smith
April 5, 1887
to Nov. 16, 1902??

U. A. Walters and Elizabeth Kiker

Uri Anderson Walters
Mar. 26, 1864 to May 26, 1953 At Rest

Elizabeth Kiker, wife of U.A. Walters
July 10, 1861 to Sept. 17, 1932

The backside of Uri and Elizabeth's tombstones