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Bill Bourbeau (#47387362)
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I'm a middle school English teacher that spends "spare" time conducting genealogical research. I have spent lots of time in the Forest Hill and Laurel Hill cemeteries, but recently focused most of my efforts at St. Bernard's and St. Joseph's.

Please feel free to use photos that I take for whatever purpose you choose. However, any and all photos must include proper source information in the citation. This allows other researchers to maintain the integrity of the research process.

I often have additional and/or higher quality images, and sometimes additional information, for many of the memorials. Please contact me if interested.

Please note that although I strive to take the best possible quality photos, I occasionally upload pictures that I plan to replace in the future.

I generally create memorials with the same spelling used on the marker, when one exists. Additional information, such as names of parents, also utilize information/spelling as seen on the primary sources.

Several gravestones at Laurel Hill no longer stand where they were first erected. Several factors, including erosion and vandalism, have led to these stones being placed in seemingly random locations. I try to document both where these stones are now, and where they should be.
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John Sloan
Timothy (FAG Memorial# 1260532) and Ruth Burgess Underwood (FAG Memorial# 126053290)
Bill, My name is John Sloan. I am researching the BURGESS surname as part of my extended family. In the bio section for Ruth my research indicates the she was the daughter of Asel/Asahel Burgess and Alice/Alace Hopkins. I am still researching her parents and will submit edits if/when I find any additional information. Regards, John
Added by John Sloan on Jun 25, 2016 3:40 AM
Ann Day
Charlotte Roby
Thank you for taking the time to get these wonderful photos for me! I appreciate your time and effort! Thanks so much!
Added by Ann Day on Jun 24, 2016 7:09 PM
Irene Dowling
Charles & Sybil Fairbanks
Bill, thanks so much for getting these photos for me. Also the back side was very unexpected and extremely helpful. Thanks again, I really appreciate your efforts.
Added by Irene Dowling on Jun 24, 2016 5:28 PM
Nancy Tofferi
Tofferi grave at Forest Hill
Hello Mr. Bourbeau: I would appreciate you contacting me. I like that you have taken the time to put my husband's information on the Find a Grave site. Nancy Tofferi
Added by Nancy Tofferi on Jun 24, 2016 10:52 AM
Donna Ward
Annette Farwell
Hi thank you so much for the beautiful picture of Annette's tombstone. Did you know that she had a son that lived, became a minister and married, but sadly had no children. Here is what I have on Annette.

Tragedy befell the Jones family. Nettie d. June 1, 1887 in childbirth with her unnamed 2nd child in East Orange, Essex Co., New Jersey, age 46 yrs., 1 mo., 1 day. Joseph & Annette had resided in New Jersey for 13 months when she did. Buried Laurel Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. They were together about 15 years.

At the time of Nettie’s death, Joseph was working at Harper Brothers. On her deathbed, Nettie asked Joseph to take Alice Van Hoosen as his wife.
+94. Edward Horton Jones (4), b. Feb. 20, 1877 in Pontiac, Michigan.
95. Baby Jones (4), b. June 1, 1887 in East Orange, Essex Co., New Jersey. Died June 1, 1887 at birth along with his/her mother.

My information came directly from Sarah VanHoosen Jones daughter of Joseph's 2nd marriage to Alice Van Hoosen. Edward Horton Jones d, in Texas married but did not have any children. Sarah did not know the sex of the baby born to Joseph & Annette who went by Nettie. Again my thanks. Donna
Added by Donna Ward on Jun 17, 2016 3:21 PM
Donna Ward
Annette Jones Laurel Hill Cemetery
Hi I have put in a request for a picture of the tombstone of the above. I know she is buried near her parents, Simeon Farwell & Mary Ann Downe Farrell. I cannot find a record of what happened to the baby (unnamed?) that died with her in childbirth. Need to know if this child is buried in the cemetery also. I am tracing the Jones family into which Annette married. Her husband's name was Joseph Comstock Jones. Best wishes, Donna
Added by Donna Ward on Jun 09, 2016 4:16 AM
Tamara Albright
Thank you
I really appreciate you taking that photo of Eleanor Parkhurst's grave.

Best Regards,
Added by Tamara Albright on Jun 08, 2016 3:52 PM
Adrienne Archer
I am in tears right now. I've just returned from a long weekend with my children to find your wonderful gift in my mailbox! Thank you so much for finding my GREAT-Grandparents headstone. There are so many mysteries surrounding the two, that I am so happy for this small piece of the puzzle!

Have a fantastic Memorial Day!
Added by Adrienne Archer on May 30, 2016 11:11 AM
John Fallon
Hello Bill, thank you for fulfilling my photo request.
Added by jabs on May 20, 2016 7:20 PM
Erika Stokes
Davis Headstone
Thank you! :)
Added by Erika Stokes on May 16, 2016 5:47 PM
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