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Bio Photo Saint Mark's Cemetery
Sheridan Road
Sheridan, Maine

There is confusion of this Cemetery and :

Sheridan Mountain Cemetery
Quimby Street
Sheridan, Maine

Indeed 2 Cemeteries and working on photographing all stones to verify the fact who indeed is buried at Saint Mark's verses Sheridan Cemetery.
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Armand O'Clair
RE: "old" Sheridan Cemetery
Spoke last night with my cousin who lives on the Sheridan Road across from the mouth of Quimby Street which now provides the best access to the old cemetery. She reports that volunteers have worked in recent years to clear the trees and brush from the cemetery. When active the cemetery was accessed by a road from the church (the one depicted in the photo which nicely accompanies your messages) but the road has since been reclaimed by tree growth. When I last visited the cemetery some years ago, it was overgrown with trees, some growing out of the graves themselves. I got there by going nearly to the end of Quimby Street and veering to the right into what was then field. To the right was a wooded area and about two hundred yards from the street was located the cemetery. It was surrounded by a wire mesh fence and at the rear, toward the field, was a large rusted cross. I don't know what the area looks like now after the volunteer work. There may be a path.

When the cemetery was active my older brothers were altar boys. They related that sometimes they would linger at the site after the funeral and watch as men stood on the coffin to sink it into the water-filled grave. After soil weighed the coffin and air escaped, the coffin was covered and the hole filled. I don't know about coffins washing down the hill, but spring run-off from the "mountain" may have resulted in such an occurrence.

Family members, dismayed that their loved ones' remains spent eternity under water, moved to have a new cemetery created. My oldest brother was buried in the old cemetery in 1931. From what I remember from my visit in the 1960's, there were at least a hundred graves. Family survivors have since moved some remains to the new cemetery. One of these was Moses Leblanc, a prominent businessman in Sheridan in the early years, who was moved to the new cemetery to be beside his wife. My sister, who died in 1940, was one of the first to be buried in the new cemetery on the road between Ashland and Sheridan, the "Sheridan Cemetery" or "Saint Marks Catholic Cemetery." As you are probably aware, the Ashland Municipal Cemetery is also on the Sheridan Road, just down the hill from the center of the village.
Added by Armand O'Clair on Aug 28, 2014 8:36 AM
Armand O'Clair
RE: O'Clair Family
I get the impression from your message that I have somehow offended you, that I have made you question... that your efforts are not appreciated? I have nothing but respect for all that you do. Your photos of the O'Clair markers are a great addition to the memorials. I DO thank you for myself and on behalf of the rest of my family and the findagrave family at large. As I think about your comment, I hope that my remarks about the confusion existing regarding the cemeteries in Sheridan were not meant as a negative reflection of your efforts. If I had the skills and the authority, I would do what I could to combine those sites and alleviate the confusion.
Added by Armand O'Clair on Aug 27, 2014 5:25 PM
Armand O'Clair
RE: O'Clair Family
Thanks so much for the rapid response. I'm curious as to where you live, or are staying, to be making nightly trips to the cemetery. I am so amazed at what so many people do to make this site possible!
Added by Armand O'Clair on Aug 25, 2014 5:23 PM
Armand O'Clair
Sheridan Cemetery
Actually, there are three cemeteries in Sheridan, Maine if one counts the original cemetery and, like Find a Grave, the "Sheridan Cemetery" and "Saint Marks Catholic cemetery." The first cemetery was begun behind the Sheridan Catholic church. The church is now closed and the first cemetery was closed in the 1940's because the water table was so close to the surface. The new cemetery was begun on the main road between Ashland and Sheridan. On Find a Grave the cemetery has two sites: the Sheridan Cemetery and Saint Marks Catholic cemetery. There is only one active cemetery in Sheridan. (I'm a native of the area and have never heard of Quimby Street...I'm thinking it may have been the street leading to Sheridan "Mountain" which also provided access to the inactive cemetery, and may be part of the confusion that exists regarding the "two" cemeteries.) Your recent addition of memorials is creating duplicates, as you will see if you do a search of "O'Clairs" in Aroostook County,,, Leo and Faye, for example.
Added by Armand O'Clair on Aug 25, 2014 2:21 PM
Sally - Midcoast Maine
RE: Saint Mark's Cemetery
The list can be found here:

http://www.maine.gov/megis/pdfs/cemeteries/Aroostook/Aroostook%20County.pdf


I do not think it will help with locations, as it is what I used and they were in the wrong place. But there is other useful info in it.

Sally
Added by Sally - Midcoast Maine on Aug 25, 2014 6:46 AM
Sally - Midcoast Maine
Sheridan Cemetery and Saint Mark's Cemetery
Thank you for all you have done to fix this.

You are doing great work - keep it up.

Sally

Added by Sally - Midcoast Maine on Aug 20, 2014 6:18 PM
irene sylvester
RE: Lester
I see the new picture of Lester and Ida. Thank you so very much for that. I would love to correspond with you by email rather than this public site. I have a copy of the obit for Wayne their 2nd. son I could email it to you then you could add Wayne to Lester and Ida's pages. eegl1@hotmail.com
Added by irene sylvester on Aug 20, 2014 8:39 AM
irene sylvester
RE: Lester
No I have no pictures of Wayne's family. I got a photo of Ida's head stone I will post it tonight.
Added by irene sylvester on Aug 19, 2014 8:50 PM
Val Lovelace
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Thanks for the correction. I hadn't created the memorial, so its nice to be able to move it to where his marker is.
Added by Val Lovelace on Aug 19, 2014 4:44 PM
irene sylvester
RE: Lester Coolong
You have Ida's name spelled wrong. Her last name Ackerson. See the 1920 Census for Bergen Co. NJ. enumeration dist. 94 sheet 5 line 25. I am pretty sure this is correct.
Thanks,
Irene
Added by irene sylvester on Aug 19, 2014 10:46 AM
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