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Jack Parker (#47734878)
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Bio Photo *** Out of town for the first three weeks of August, no internet access ***

*** Apologies if I'm not responsive in a timely manner, trying to maintain focus on the job at hand and (300+) emails are collecting that I have flagged to deal with ***

Junior genealogist - with an email address, a car and a digital camera.

Photos I take belong to the people who ask for them. You are free to do whatever you wish to with them. I ask that they not be published on pay-to-view sites.

I pay a lot of attention to the sun and try to avoid reflecting myself in any photo. That means that at times I take photos at odd angles. I will visit any given headstone a number of times trying to get the right light on it. Sometimes that doesn't work out and I file a crappy photo - when you see such a photo, please tell me to go take a better one.

I want to thank everyone who has stepped up and offered corrections or taken transfers for the cemeteries I've been working, it's been a rewarding experience.

I am in the process of visiting all of Danvers cemeteries and ensuring they are fully catalogued. I am only posting fresh photos when I think mine are better or show something different. If you object, drop me a line and we can chat.


I do take breaks and handle occasional photo requests - if you have a location, that makes it a lot more tempting. It's a challenge to walk a large cemetery looking for two headstones and then have 4 more requests for the same cemetery a week later.

I trim my messages and only leave those that I need to do something about - I'm not hating you, just trying to use the messages to advantage. (Although I think I will keep the message from Billie forever - such an inspiration)

Complete: (Using Mass Vital Records numbering)
GR1 Wadsworth - added some 400 memorials and photos.
GR2 Nurse (checked - was complete)
GR3 Endicott (checked - was complete)
GR4 Preston (tucked away behind Putnam - added a few (NEEDS TO BE RE-DONE - MISSED A LOT)
GR5 Prince (catalogued and photographed)
GR6 Putnam (catalogued and photographed)
GR7 Russell (checked - added a few missing ones)
GR8 Porters Burying Ground (High street - added a few)
GR9 Holten - fair sized
Completely photographed. ~1400 added to date.
Some of the photos are less than optimal. Let me know if you find a horrible one that should be re-taken. Holten has run out of land and money. The town is trying to figure out what to do
GR11 Walnut Grove - All sections photographed, stone by stone. Many thanks to Mom for managing all of the memorials.
GR13 Hutchinson (catalogued and photographed)
GR14 (Tapley / Preston) Old Settlers - (Photographed)
GR15 Putnamville (checked - was complete)
GR16 Swin(n)erton (checked - was complete)
GR20 Buxton/Goodale (checked - was complete)
GR21 Pope private burial ground, Finally found it! Photographed.
.(GR7/Beverly in MVR) Leech/East Danvers (checked - was complete)
Porter/Bradstreet Cemetery (off locust street, near Connors farm) This is a 17th century cemetery which is not mentioned in MVR. All of the markers are field stone markers without inscriptions. According to the town archivist the only known internment is Ann[a] Porter.

In Progress
Riverview in Groveland (I have some relatives there) 98%(!!!) done.
St. Marys in Salem. A group of us are tackling that one.
??? St Mary Sylvan St - moderate size, but Catholic, so every headstone has 20 names.
??? Xavierian (waiting for SJP to file obits to add remaining 200+ photos) - perhaps a student project?

In Queue
??? Danvers State Hospital - finally found it!
??? Anshe Sfard - there are about 10 cemeteries back in those woods
??? Annunciation - Large

Defunct - exist in records, but not on the ground.
??? Potter's field (off Adams street, empty lot behind St Mary's, but no headstones)
GR17 Pedricks Cemetery (not on FaG) (behind the high school I suppose accessible from the Rail Trail, only has one headstone which I gather has since vanished)
GR10 Putnam (off Sylvan street, bodies moved to Porter's ca. 1920)
GR12 Jacobs private burial ground, Gardner's Hill (have not found)
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RE: Leo and Ethel Ryan
Thank you for your work in trying to find Leo and Ethel's stone. It's a mystery as to why Riverview Cemetery is listed as a burial spot, at least for Leo. I'm remember my grandmother (Leo's nephew Walter's wife) telling me that Leo purchased all of the plots when I believe Fannie Austin Ryan died in 1937. I'm thinking more and more that Leo and Ethel are buried in unmarked graves. So far now I've decided to keep their listing.
Added by James on Jul 24, 2016 3:47 PM
RE: Leo Ryan and John Lewis
First of all thank you so much for trying to find their graves. On Leo's death certificate Riverview Cemetery is listed as his place of burial. Actually it's my understanding that he bought the plots for my grandfather (Walter Ryan), grand uncle (Paul Winn Ryan). Leo's brother Frank and his estranged wife Fannie Austin Ryan are buried in separate plots near my grandfather's. There was no money for a stone when they died. On/off for years my family has been wanting to buy them one. By the way Leo was married to Ethel Parker. Elizabeth Austin Lewis is buried in the cemetery. Actually John Lewis might not be buried there. Him and Betty divorced years before she died. Betty's son Dana Lewis is buried in River cemetery. I remember my grandmother telling me that she went to his graveside service there. I was just thinking that it is possible that Leo and Ethel Ryan are buried in a plot without a stone. Especially where there's a record of them having been buried in the cemetery. Once again thank you for looking for their graves.
Added by James on Jun 17, 2016 9:35 PM
Hastings in Haverhill
Thank you for your message regarding Edna, John, and Robert Hastings not being buried at Riverview Cemetery, Groveland, Essex County, MA.

I checked Pentucket and there are no Hastings there.

All the best, Linda
Added by idahonetto on Jun 17, 2016 6:53 PM
Mrs. Anna Mason
Hi Jack,
Thanks for the great information on Anna Mason and her family. I added it to her biography. I tried to find her husband John but no luck yet. If you run across more info, let me know. Thanks again.
Added by Jim on Jun 02, 2016 5:44 PM
RE: Ancient Burying Ground - Bradford
Hi Jack,

You can find it here, be sure to scroll down the page or you'll miss it:

I also have a bunch of pictures I took of that cemetery but I didn't find anything different that that list :( Sorry.
Added by Amz on Feb 15, 2016 7:40 PM
Donald Soper

Thank you for attempting to locate Donald Soper at Walnut Grove cemetery.

Find A Grave has a listing of Veterans at Walnut Grove and Donald Soper is listed among them.
From their page:

Walnut Grove Cemetery
30 Sylvan St
Danvers, MA 01923

Birth: Oct 30 1943
Death: Nov 22 1998
Age: 55
Branch: US ARMY
Rank: PVT

Donald Soper PVT, Danvers, MA

Is there a separate section of the cemetery for Veterans? I will try to add this info to the photo request and keep it active as I believe Find A Grave to be accurate.

Thanks again,
Added by RCG on Sep 29, 2015 7:59 AM
Kevin Avery
William Parker
His father is memorial 43437997. He MAY be buried at Old #4 Fort in Charlestown,NH.
Added by Kevin Avery on Sep 20, 2015 10:14 AM
Carolyn Wilson
More on the Hummels
All 8 Hummels buried at Lyman Twp. Cem. are buried on the same plot, indicating that they are all closely related. Other than John and Sarah Matilda and 3 of their children, we have Nicholas (definitely a brother to John). We also have very old markers for Ludwig Hummel and Catherine Hummel, who I assume are parents of John and Nicholas (but I can't prove that).

I will request links from creators of memorials for some of John and Sarah Matilda's other children.
Added by Carolyn Wilson on Sep 09, 2015 3:58 PM
Carolyn Wilson
Hummel Family at Roberts, IL
Thank you so much for your additional info for the Hummel family at Lyman Twp. Cem.

I have added some more info on several of John and Sarah Hummel's offspring. I didn't know if the "Dr." in our written records for Sarah Jr. stood for "daughter" or "doctor," but researched this individual and found that she had quite a career!

Both 1900 and 1910 Censuses report that Sarah Matilda had 8 children, with 7 living (John Upson Hummel d. in 1887). To accommodate those numbers, I suggest that "Tilla" is a nickname for Sarah Matilda. Sarah Matilda would have actually been age 5 on the 1880 Census, but there is no mention of her on that Census other than Tilla.

I agree with you that Susie and Harriet "Hattie" are one person. In the 1880 Census, taken 1 Jun 1880, "Susie" was 2 mo. old, so b. Mar 1880. In 1900, Hattie's birthdate was listed as Mar 1880.

Let me know if you need source citations for any info I have added!
Added by Carolyn Wilson on Sep 09, 2015 3:48 PM
RE: Goodwin Family
Thank you for your help Jack! I will keep these links in my email to follow up with what I have on the Goodwin Family so far.
Added by lmilner on Jun 08, 2015 11:53 AM
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