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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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Allison Ferris Pierce
Willie Kinsman
Just noticed that there is another Willie Kinsman in Laurel Hill! Amazing considering it isn't a common name. I think this other Willie is the one the cemetery supv. is talking about. I'm going to remove "my" Willie from Laurel Hill for now & get back to researching where he could be. Take care.
Added by Allison Ferris Pierce on Sep 25, 2015 4:19 PM
Allison Ferris Pierce
Willie Kinsman
I located my email message about Willie Kinsman's burial location; it came from Ms. Jaquelyn Poirier,
Cemetery Superintendent of Laurel Hill. However, she had no date for Willie, so she wasn't certain if he was the correct one I was asking about. I contacted the Fitchburg Library & they gave me a different burial plot location, which I've added to Willie's memorial. Hopefully this is the correct plot.
Added by Allison Ferris Pierce on Sep 25, 2015 3:52 PM
Allison Ferris Pierce
Thank you for your messages in regards to Willard Kinsman & Sarah Wheeler. Yes, I feel sure you are correct that "dau Wheeler" is Sarah. Thank you for posting the Wheeler stone photo! About Willard ~ he is not listed as being buried in the Dublin Cemetery, according to their town cemetery records. The only Kinsman they have listed is Willard's mother, Amna. There is always the chance their cemetery records are incorrect. I don't find him listed as being buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Fitchburg when I do a record search for their cemetery either! The death record I saw for him only has a place of death & doesn't mention the location of burial. I don't know who gave me his plot location in Laurel Hill, unfortunately, but I'll try to figure it out again. Normally I post where I got the burial location (if not on a death record) except when I have the burial plot posted, since I figure that having the burial plot information is enough. However, if the plot is wrong, the source for that info is really needed, such as now. Thank you!
Added by Allison Ferris Pierce on Sep 24, 2015 12:12 PM
Stanley Shepard
Josephine Maria Whitney
I am in the process of cataloging the Federated cemetery and on page 4 list Josephine Maria Whitney as being buried in this cemetery. I got the list from the Grounds dept in Asland, Mass. It is a hand written document from the Congregational Church of Ashland. I ran her name threw find a grave and came up with your memorial 120752171 in Laurel Hill Cemetery. She is buried in Ashland in the Federated cemetery. Will you update your records to keep a duplicate record from being made.

Added by Stanley Shepard on Sep 22, 2015 5:31 PM
Canyon Hiker
Anna Ojala Tiitto memorial
Hi Bill...thanks for the transfer of the Anna Ojala Tiitto memorial in Forest Hill Cemetery. I have transferred it back to you if that is OK. For some reason, I have never been able to link this Tiitto family to my ancestors, even though they also lived in the Fitchburg area. There is also a Tiitto family currently living in Templeton (still with the old name spelling) and I don't think they are related to me either. It is possible that Anna may be linked to them but I have not searched at all in that direction. I did find Anna's original birth record in Haapajarvi, Finland and checked her parents using that. I don't recognize their names either. I suppose it is possible that somehow they all may be linked together, but I've been unable to prove it. Thanks again for thinking of me!!

Wally Teto (aka CanyonHiker)
Added by Canyon Hiker on Sep 21, 2015 6:27 PM
Sue Steward
Daniel Steward 5125531

I noticed your photo of the D.A.R. marker taken in 1983. This is the only photo I've ever seen of any of these markers. I believe they were all stolen at some point.

Do you have any other photos of markers in that cemetery?

Also, you added a photo of a sign for "South Cemetery." I can assure you that this is a photo of another cemetery, but not the one where Daniel is buried.

Thanks again for sharing the photo of the marker on Find-a-Grave.


Ed Poulin forwarded this message on to me.

We first had checked the checked the graves of Daniel and Rachel Steward in Skowhegan. Drove on to Lunenburg, Massachusetts to see Solomon Stewart's gravesite/stone. He is buried in South Cemetery in Lunenburg so I must have mismarked my photo information and got it on the wrong memorial. I have removed it from Daniel's memorial.

We arrived in Fitchburg and found the gravesite of Daniel Steward there in South Cemetery. I had read in the History of Fitchburg that the D.A.R. had voted on Dec 6, 1931 to erect a D.A.R. marker on the grave of Daniel Steward. So we were looking for it. We were surprised that it was just leaned up against the headstone and not anchored down.

We did not take pictures of any other markers, it was near sunset when we were there and we had a long drive ahead of us to Oregon.

Added by Sue Steward on Sep 05, 2015 7:49 PM
Ed Bisaillon
Hi Bill, Thanks again for all the information that you provided regarding my grandmother, Gertrude O'Dell Bisaillon at St. Bernard's Cemetery in Fitchburg.

I traveled there a couple of months ago, and with the help of Ray the caretaker we found the gravesite. Ray is a great guy. He was very helpful. I'm glad we had a chance to go, to meet Ray, and with your information found the site.

As I said before, you are best. Thank you for all the work you do.

Ed Bisaillon
Added by Ed Bisaillon on Sep 05, 2015 1:55 PM
Hardy headstone
thank you so much for taking the time to take this headstone picture. I really appreciate it.
Kim Hardy
Added by Kim on Aug 29, 2015 6:10 PM
Bernadette Marie Cecile Sylvestre
Thank you so much for the beautiful photo of her stone! Thank you also for working with me on her actual burial site...communication is key! :)

I have a lot of Sylvestre, Bessette and Bordeleau family that have no Mass and CT..

I appreciate all you do.
Thank you again,
Added by SK on Aug 29, 2015 10:19 AM
RE: Bernadette Marie Cecile Sylvestre
Thank you, let me know what you find. I have just the family tree info. No rush.
Added by SK on Aug 28, 2015 1:33 AM
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