I finished my Gardner and surrounding towns database. It centers on Gardner but I included information on the early residents of Templeton, Winchendon, Westminster, and Ashburnham, Massachusetts garnered from the town histories, censuses, and vital records. It is uploaded to Ancestry.com and has over 101,000 individuals.
Thus ends about a 5 year project which had its roots in my initial foray into photographing the stones of Greenbower Cemetery in Gardner.
If you do not wish to have a memorial online for your relative then let me know and I will delete it.
I have not cleaned the stones so you might come across a photo of one of your relative's stones and think, "what a mess". If you would like a better picture posted then I can go out and retake it no problem and do a little clearing away of dirt and weeds to boot. I just figured I could get all the photos done in a more timely manner and then make a better effort on the ones people actually are interested in seeing.
I have determined the genealogy of most of the original settlers (see my website below) of Gardner MA. Most of these people are buried in the Old Burial Ground while a few are in Green Bower and Crystal Lake Cemeteries. I have also traced the lineages of their progeny as far as the early 1900s and sometimes further.
I am not originally from this town and so I would be glad to transfer the memorials if you want them. As always, feel free to download any photo I've taken and I'd be glad to do some searching in my area if you can't do it yourself.
Myrtle Rice moody #84521376 First I would like to thank you for the awesome research and dedication to this project. Wow, I've never met anyone with such drive to record and document the past for others to connect to and enjoy. I hope you are blessed for your efforts. Myrtle is my first cousin who I have been diligently trying to document. I've documented 4 husbands the last being Jarl E. Moody which you documented. Thanks is an understatement. Myrtle has been one of my brick walls. But I'm finally getting that wall torn down with your documentation. One question: In the 1940 Census Gardner Mass. house #56 Dudley A. Gerry (Garry on Ancestry) 27, wife Myrtle R. 25 married. This is Myrtle's 2nd husband that she officially marries 18 Sept 1944 in Greenville, HIllsborough, NH. In this 1940 census they state they are married. Then the following years on 17 Feb 1941 she marries Raymond Nelson Perreault Greenville,Hillsborough, NH. Then waits 3 years and officially marries her 2nd husband Dudley Arthur Gerry 18 Sept 1944 in Greenville,Hillsborough,NH. My question is: Was Doris & Dudley really married in the 1940 census or just living together with his parents? Have you ever come across and earlier marriage for them? Kathy
Claude Poulin Ed I saw that you wrote that Claude was the one that gave the land for the building of the first St. Anne de Beaupre Church.Upon research as this is also my ancestor I found Etienne de Lessard gave the land. He was Claude's son in law married to Claude's daughter Marie. Claude actually was the carpenter that built the church.Here is some interesting information you might like to look at.
RE: Sylvester K Pierce Thanks for the update. Man, I'd rather see it as a home owned by some individual. But a bed and breakfast might be nice if they are able to keep the integrity of the home and all the old stuff like the doors and such. thanks very much for letting me know. Joan
Sylvester House Added the photo - thanks for adding the story - I think it makes the life of this man so much more interesting. Gosh, I'd love to see this house; maybe when we head East we can stop in Gardner, MA..... Joan
RE: Sylvester K Pierce Joni Mayhan wrote the article; she also wrote a book about the house called "Bones in the Basement". I have not read the book and this is not a plug for the book - just that she wrote the most descriptive article I could find about the house.
I wish I was related to this guy and/or had access to the house. I'd love to see the inside.
As you drive by, do you see that any work has been done on the house inside or outside. I was told by the realtor that it recently sold for $315,000 which, again, as I mentioned before, I think it was and is way overpriced. The house, based on the photos that I saw, needs a ton of work; all the floors need to be redone, a big major plaster job in the ceiling in one of the big bedrooms and plaster/paint on most of the walls. The staircase up to the tower is yukky. Major revamp of kitchen and such.......oh I could go on and on. I just found the house fascinating and I'd love to get my hands on it and renovate it but keep it as much as the authentic things in it - I'd love to get my hands on what looks like a safe in one of the photos. thanks for replying so quickly. Joan
P.S. Hubby and I are looking at moving out of CA after he retires (4 more years) and we've looked at Massachusetts but the taxes are way too high; we want a state that is kind to senior citizens.