Catching Up

July 31, 2010

It seems I never posted from last week’s trip.  Granted, it was just a handful of cemeteries but interesting all the same.  One of the cemeteries visited was the Shelburne Road Cemetery in South Burlington.  I’m not sure how many people have ever noticed this cemetery but it’s next to Freedom Nissan (the new location), tucked back in the trees.  Amazingly, this  is still an active cemetery although it also holds some much older stones as well.

The two names for the weekend were Tirzah and Lodoiska.

Mount Calvary Cemetery, Burlington

Munson Cemetery, Colchester

Shelburne Road Cemetery, South Burlington

Union Cemetery, Ferrisburgh

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Impromptu Search

July 11, 2010

Evergreen Cemetery, Pittsford. Main gate, "Given by the Young Ladies Society".

Today’s name is dedicated to my Great-Uncle Jack, and the name is….Miehetabel.  That was the name he called anyone whose name he couldn’t remember, and I found it today at the Wetmore Cemetery in Chittenden.

Todays impromptu and un-researched trip brought us through Orwell, part of Pittsford and Chittenden. 

I’m surprised by the fact that so few cemeteries are marked with signs.  With the exception of the Islands, which were incredibly well-marked, rarely on the smaller old cemeteries am I finding others marked.

Evergreen Cemetery, Pittsford. Definitely one of the creepiest stones I've come across.

Baird Cemetery, Chittenden

Bump Cemetery, Chittenden

Horton Cemetery, Chittenden

Lakeview Cemetery, Orwell. Some cemeteries have the best views!

Lakeview Cemetery, Orwell

Mountain View Cemetery, Orwell. The tree stump indicates a child, this was a 10 year old girl. What is unusual about this is the bird. Lambs are a popular animal for children, birds are not often seen.

North Cemetery, Orwell

St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Pittsford

St. Paul's Cemetery, Orwell

Wetmore Cemetery, Chittenden

Today brought me up and over the mountain (Breadloaf Mountain that is) and then back.  22 cemeteries before the day was too long, ranging from fairly new, still active, to hardly readable, to old as the Revolutionary War.

Today also won the prize for creepiest cemetery thus far.  This goes to St Therese Cemetery in Ripton.  while at first it just looks a little eccentric upon further evaluation it definitely hits the creep factor.  There is one “normal” stone at the back, a couple, one it appears not dead yet?  The rest, 5 in all, are all babies.  All of them.  Each, except one, is a flat stone on the ground with a mini shrine at the head, missing whatever statuette may have originally been held in it’s shelter.  All of the babies a month old or less….

Regarding names, I couldn’t pick just one so instead have 3 favorites of the day:  Zilpha, Zadook and Tryphena.

Eight cemeteries were missing in action today.  If anyone has any idea how/where to find them please let me know.

East Middlebury:  Rice Cemetery

Salisbury:  Village Cemetery, Nabby Cooper Cemetery

Ripton:  North Goshen Cemetery, Cushman Cemetery

Hancock:  Kirby Cemetery, Lewis Cemetery

Granville:  Hubbard Cemetery

Branch Cemetery, Ripton

Cooks Cemetery, Ripton

East Warren Cemetery, Warren

Elmwood Cemetery, Granville

Foote Street Cemetery, Middlebury

Galvin Cemetery, Ripton

Galvin Cemetery, Ripton

Gea (or Gee) Cemetery, Ripton. The unmarked grave of my Great-Great Grandfather is in this cemetery.

Holman (or Salisbury) Cemetery, Salisbury

Irasville Cemetery, Irasville

Maxham Cemetery, Hancock. Located right on the side of Route 125, this cemetery is the resting place of the Maxham's "and daughters".

North Hollow Cemetery, Granville

North Hollow Cemetery, Rochester

Prospect Cemetery, East Middlebury

South Fayston Cemetery, Waitsfield

South Hollow Cemetery, Granville

St. Therese Cemetery, Ripton

St. Therese Cemetery, Ripton

Village Cemetery, Hancock

Village Cemetery, Waitsfield

Wait Cemetery, Waitsfield

Warren Cemetery, Warren

Warren Cemetery, Warren

Warren Schoolhouse Cemetery, Warren - this cemetery I found on mistake!

Warren Schoolhouse Cemetery, Warren

Wst Salisbury Road Cemetery, Salisbury

West Salisbury Road Cemetery, Salisbury

A 3 day weekend and so many options for cemeteries to visit!  So far the plan for one day is Ripton/Lincoln and the surrounding area.  It’s amazing how many little cemeteries are up there!  One of the things I’m most looking forward to on this round is to document one of the cemeteries in Ripton that has some of my family in it, including an unmarked grave for a great-great-great…something.  I think it’s time someone documented it before there’s no one left who knows where it is.

On that note it makes me wonder how many unmarked graves are out there, particularly in the small older cemeteries that are forgotten about on the back roads.  I think it’s sad that there are those that are forgotten, or as I’ve found out in my research, entire cemeteries that have disappeared over the years.

Well there’s just over 50 cemeteries on my list for one day’s trip so I think I should narrow it down a little.