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Jack Parker (#47734878)
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Bio Photo *** 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 I ask that they not be published on pay-to-view sites.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)
GR17 Pedricks Cemetery (location private property - is 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.
Riverview Groveland.

In Progress
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)
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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Barry Gates
Muckrakers ho!
I see the msg you left for "LG" re creating a duplicate memorial for Lydia (Woodbury) Goodridge of Beverly in Danvers GR17. Diana L. Brace has worked well with me before, on North Beverly Ancient Cemetery, I think. I see "LG" left a message for her as well. Fingers crossed on a correct resolution. Things aren't anything much better, today, but I did get "out this far", and so I thought I'd say hi! An interested party, --Barry
Added by Barry Gates on Sep 07, 2016 9:32 AM
Your Sacs have no reply address.

Find A Grave contributor Jack Parker has made a suggestion to you regarding your Find A Grave memorial for John Long.
Link to memorial:
Link to contributor profile:

Their suggestion:

Gar is my cousin, we have worked together on a lot of the family tree, I have found his research to be incredibly diligent and I throw all of my puzzles at him. I'm breaking down his suggested corrections to something I trust is more digestible.
How do we drop you a line... There is no return email address

1. Your suggestions to delete some of my record are incorrect... Note they are for different Burial Plots.
2. Who or what is Gar? I've forgotten.
Bob in Boston
Added by BobBoston on Sep 06, 2016 5:59 AM
RE: The Ryan Graves
I will put the stone back on JoAnne Weidner's grave. Ethel Parker's husband, Leo Ryan bought all of the plots that the Ryan's are buried in. He did this when his sister in-law Fannie died in 1937. At the time of her death it was the depression. Her family barely had enough money to buy a casket, let alone a stone. She's buried in an unmarked grave to the right of Adele Walter's grave. Fannie left my great grandfather Frank Ryan years before she died. They never divorced. She despised him because he refused to pay child support. Fannie gave strict orders to her family to bury her as far away from Frank as possible. When Frank died in 1938 he was buried in a different plot across from his estranged wives' plot. There was barely any money to bury Frank. He's buried in a simple wooden box. On top of my grandfather Walter's casket his grandson Matthew, a stillborn, was laid to rest. Years later Walter's great granddaughter Emily, a newborn, was placed on top of his casket. My aunt Martha, Walter and Adele's daughter's ashes were scattered above their grave. Most of my mother's ashes are buried with my father's ashes at Union Cemetery in Newton. A small purple jar with some of her ashes was buried on top of Walter and Adele's grave. My mother for years wanted to have Martha's name and that of Matthew put on engraved on Walter and Adele's gave. Now that she's passed away other family members might have their names put on the stove. I've always wanted to get a stone for Frank and Fannie. It's funny Leo Ryan was the one who bought all of the plots. Yet a marker was never bought for him and Ethel. Donna Ryan Villeneuve is buried in Riverview. Her husband's name is the stone, with no death date. However, her husband is buried in Linwood Cemetery.
Added by Peter on Aug 27, 2016 1:20 AM
RE: Adele Ryan
I should've asked you if it was okay if I used the photo that you took for Ed Weidner's memorial. I apologize for that. I don't want to have any copyright infringements. I deleted the photo that you took of the Weidner stone. I hadn't checked my email for a couple of days. I didn't get the one that you sent me re; grandparent's (Walter and Adele Ryan) until three days after you sent it. I don't need have pictures of the stone added to their graves right now. In the next few months I'm
going to be paying the fee for several of my memorials so that I can add more pictures to them. I do understand that taking the pictures of the stones and cataloguing them can be a very tedious process. Once I've paid the fee for my grandparents memorials I'll put out a request for a picture of their stone again. It might be easier for someone else to take the picture of the stone. Especially where you've archived all of your pictures. Actually it really doesn't matter who manages Ed Weidner's memorial. He was only related to me through his wife, my cousin. All I did was simply add his name to the virtual cemetery that I have for Riverview.
Added by Peter on Aug 26, 2016 12:00 PM
RE: Adele Ryan
Thank you for getting the picture of my grandparent's headstone. I'm going to drop a picture from each of them so that the photo of the grave can be added. I went to add a memorial for my cousin JoAnne Austin Weidner's husband Edward Weidner (memorial# 157202766). I noticed that you created his memorial. That manages his memorial. I was a little bit surprised as to why they're managing it. Edward to my knowledge wasn't famous in any way. He was a plain ordinary citizen just like most of us are.
Added by Peter on Aug 26, 2016 1:17 AM
RE: Regarding Lydia Goodridge grave
The duplicate Findagrave memorial of Lydia Goodridge was create by owner Diana Brace a few years ago. I did send her a message as a result of your request of me telling her of my frustration in getting my info added to her own. You may have noticed that it was myself who added the grave photos to her memorial. If I do get a reply I will ask her to transfer ownership to me. Her entry is rather lean and doesn't contain much, so if it does not occur I will leave it that way. I also have a great deal more information on Lydia Goodridge's family other than the Herald article contains. I have photos of many of her own family's gravestones and a lot of information on them, who they were, where they are buried and their causes of death. I left you a phone message based upon my hope I reached the right Jack Parker and if any of this info is of interest just call me. I can forward it by email. I will otherwise assume it is not. Best wishes with your own work.
Added by LG on Aug 15, 2016 5:29 AM
Regarding Lydia Goodridge grave
In regards to your message to me on the Lydia Goodridge recorded as GR17 on land which was at some time owned by the Pedricks. In a Danvers Herald article of just this past July 28th I added significant new information which I will not be repeating on the findagrave site. The Goodridge's were tenant farmers and did not own the land that Lydia is buried on. I did locate the actual owner of this private property and his address and he was interviewed for the article with important new information. He saved many of the fragments of Lydia's vandalized stone. Richard Trask the town historian also wrote a companion article which also contains some information that you may find relevant to your own body of work. Among the things he mentioned that many Danvers residents were buried in the past without any marker other than fieldstones and there is an abandoned graveyard behind Connors Farm with 30 to 35 fieldstones. I was already aware that a previous author added his information to Lydia's findagrave. I spent hours trying unsuccessfully to add mine to his own. For whatever reason these additions were not accepted and that is all the time I am able or willing to spend. I am hardly a novice and the problems were not mine. Thank you for writing and continued good luck with your work. The article I can send you by email. Regards, Rick.
Added by LG on Aug 13, 2016 3:10 PM
Diane Nygaard
Fannie Matilda Parker Noble
Hi Jack,
Thank you for your comment. The child listed for Fannie was an adopted child.
Added by Diane Nygaard on Aug 12, 2016 4:57 PM
D. Montgomery
hello thank you so much for getting in contact with me again. Sorry to have missed the news about the plaque dedication. I would have enjoyed knowing ahead but now I see photo of it and still I must congratulate your group for a job well done.
If you could send me a link to newsletter and family site I would be happy to join.
Appreciate your coontact.
D. Montgomery
Added by D. Montgomery on Jul 25, 2016 4:37 PM
RE: Angelo Colucci
Angelo is a relative in the family tree in which research has turned up some interesting questions. I don't know of any connection between him and the Shirlee you mentioned in your email. Mary A. (Colucci) Cortese was his adopted daughter. Would appreciate any help you put forth in locating his grave/marker. Thanks!
Added by Christopher on Jul 24, 2016 6:33 PM
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