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Ed Poulin (#47263733)
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Bio Photo November 3, 2015 ----

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 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.

'Nuff said. Ed
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Carol Lotz
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.
you can delete this post after you check it out. Thanks.
Added by Carol Lotz on Feb 12, 2016 10:25 PM
Joan Wright Romero
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.
Added by Joan Wright Romero on Feb 10, 2016 2:53 PM
Joan Wright Romero
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.....
Added by Joan Wright Romero on Feb 10, 2016 12:13 PM
Joan Wright Romero
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.

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.
Added by Joan Wright Romero on Feb 10, 2016 12:06 PM
Joan Wright Romero
Sylvester Knowlton Pierce
Darn the maximum photos have been reached on this page - but I still think the story is interesting to post on his page about the house

What do you think?
Joan Wright Romero
Added by Joan Wright Romero on Feb 09, 2016 9:58 PM
Joan Wright Romero
Sylvester Knowlton Pierce
Here is some more history on this man:
The three-story Victorian Mansion sat vacant for two full years, looking every bit the haunted house. People drove past slowly, staring up at the empty windows, wondering if the rumors were true. The house was supposed to be haunted.
The Victorian was built in 1875 by Sylvester Knowlton Pierce, a wealthy furniture magnate in the town of Gardner, Massachusetts. The Second Empire Victorian mansion was considered to be a modern marvel of its time. It had two cisterns that once collected rainwater from the slate roof, providing the occupants with running water, something unheard of in the late 1880ís. The house was outfitted with gas lighting, speaking tubes and electric bells for communication throughout the house, and even boasted a dumb waiter which reached three floors. The hand-carved moldings and cornices spoke volumes of a time when houses were built carefully and lovingly. It had 26 rooms, with 4 bathrooms, and a tower with a circular staircase leading to a widowís walk, providing sweeping views of South Gardner.
The massive doors were nine-feet tall, constructed of solid black walnut and weighed well over five-hundred pounds apiece. Every inch of woodwork was elaborately carved, signifying the status of wealth and opportunity. No detail was overlooked. No cost was too great. The house was simply a masterpiece.
In its 133 year history, the house had lived a variety of lives. After providing a home to the Peirce family for over fifty years, it would also become a boarding house and an artistís retreat. Legends surrounded it a plenty. Stories of death, destruction, and murder tainted its history, making people wonder about the rumors.
Children gave the house a wide berth at Halloween, crossing the street as they approached, so they wouldnít get too close. People who lived in the area whispered stories to one another. Some saw faces at the windows or heard strange noises; others had more personal stories to share.
When the house was vacant during the 1980ís and 1990ís, children would slip through the basement window and wander through the house, daring one another to explore the massive structure. Furniture still remained in most of the rooms, dusty and faded, harking back to a time long past. As the children played hide-and-go-seek, one child hid in a closet on the second floor that had once been part of a dumbwaiter. As the child crouched in the darkness, he felt hands clasp around his shoulder. He bolted from the closet, turning to see the smiling apparition of a child smirking back at him. The image would remain with him for decades.
When the house went onto the real estate market in 2006, many people were interested in seeing in. By this time, it had been featured on the SyFy Channelís paranormal reality show, Ghost Hunters. It was now more than a local novelty. It was famous, but nobody could buy it.
It just sold for $315,000.00

I added a photo of this house on his page. Maybe you can include the above story - I think it makes for a more interesting find a grave memorial.


I'd love to buy the house; it just sold for $315,000 which I think is way overpriced because of all the work the house needs to have done - all the floors need to be sanded and varnished, some of the ceilings in some of the rooms apparently have had water leaks, the staircase to the tower is in bad shape - seriously I'd love to buy this house and upgrade it and live in it but out of my price range.

Joan Wright Romero
Added by Joan Wright Romero on Feb 09, 2016 9:56 PM
Dee Dee King, CG
Never mind, I found her. :-)
Added by Dee Dee King, CG on Feb 08, 2016 7:08 PM
Dee Dee King, CG
Edwin Bjurling, Edwina Bjurling
I am wondering how you associated Gladys Edwina Whitehead to Edwin and Grace Bjurling. She is not listed with the family in the census records.
Added by Dee Dee King, CG on Feb 08, 2016 7:03 PM
Whitney Ancestors
Hi Ed,
Thank you for the transfers. Also, thank you for the information on the Find A Grave member that owns some of my Whitney ancestors memorials. I was wondering if he died. Also, I found that another member refuses to transfer memorials unless they fit into the Find A Grave guidelines for relationships. I can see her point. Unfortunately, I sent her a request before I read her bio, LOL. I hope you don't mind me contacting you in the future with genealogy research questions. I have hit a wall on my father's family!
Added by Susan on Jan 31, 2016 8:16 AM
Whitney Family
Hi Ed,
That would be fantastic, thanks. I read the Find A Grave guidelines and I am aware that you are being very generous. It will be fun to find more information on them and add to their memorials.
I am currently reading the History of Gardner from off your other site. I originally only knew about Fannie Whitney. I only knew my great-grandmother, her daughter Bertha She lived in Leominster. I didn't realize I had any ties to Gardner until I found Fannie. Except for living in California as a small child, I have always lived within an hour of Gardner and even had my photo taken on the big chair in the 1970's!
Added by Susan on Jan 30, 2016 1:59 PM
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