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W. Blanchard (#47440261)
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Bio Photo I am interested in Photographing the older Headstones in Cemeteries and searching for the old and abandoned and forgotten Cemeteries in Leeds County. The most interesting of these Stones date from the 1800s. Some of them are true works of art and most have stood the ravages of nearly two centuries. Many have high relief carvings of symbols, all of which have a special meaning.

Willow Tree = Meaning Sorrow

Dove = A live Dove means at Peace
= A dead Dove means a life cut short.

Chain with a broken link = Family unity broken

Clasped Hands = Without sleeves, shaking
hands with God.
Clasped Hands = With sleeves, with one of ruffled, represents Unity in Life or Death.

Hand with finger pointing up = Gone to
Hand with finger pointing down = God reaching down for the Soul.

Children's Gravestones usually have a fully carved resting Lamb or flowers, usually Roses, that have a bud that's been broken off meaning a life cut short.

Many of the people from the 1800s came to this area from a far away country. This is usually recorded as well as the time they had spent on this Earth in the number of Years, Months and Days.

Some of the Epitaphs are sad, some funny and others warn us of our own Mortality.
There is an 1852 gravestone in the Toledo Church Yard that has an epitaph that reads:

Remember friends as you pass by,
As you are now , so once was I.
As I am now so you shall be,
Prepare for Death to follow me.

There is also a Child's Gravestone at the Oak Leaf Cemetery with an Epitaph that simple says:

"Gone To Be An Angel"

All of these Gravestones are attributed to the Craftsmanship of the Local Stone Carvers. Some of these never Signed their work and their names may never be know. Below is a list of some of the Stone Carvers names as they appear on many of these Stones:

___________STONE CARVERS___________

A. Greer - Eastons Corners
G. F. Moore - Napanee
C. B. Leroy
W. M. Church - Merrickvile
Leroy & Gould - Brockville
H. F. & Son - Brockville
Williamson[?] - Gananoque
C. Allyn - Delta
D. R. Cameron
H. Fulford - Brockville
C. R. Kilbourne - Brockville
L. le Carle
C. G. Alquire - Farmersville (Athens)
C. G. A. Farmersville (Athens)
W. R. Moore - Elgin
W. Corbett - Smiths Falls
Fulford[?] & Bro. - Wolford
J. Davies - Perth
Fulford & Church - Eastons Corners
de Carle Sc.
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Patricia Cooney

I have put up memorials for Patricias' parents, Jane Anne, and George Alexander. You can do a search for them and link her to them.

Added by Jim on May 27, 2015 6:24 PM
RE: Patricia Cooney
You're welcome. Her parents are also interned in that plot and I will be doing memorials for them later today and linking them to Patricia.

Added by Jim on May 27, 2015 8:18 AM
RE: Frances Gannon
You're very welcome. I'm glad I could help.
Added by Karma on May 19, 2015 3:19 AM
RE: Olive Le Pape
You're welcome.
Added by Graceti on Apr 30, 2015 2:52 AM
Banana ana
RE: 125979562 Dorcas Williams Soper
Hello again
Thank you so much, very great to know about this.
Banana ana
Added by Banana ana on Apr 29, 2015 1:42 PM
Banana ana
RE: 125979562 Dorcas Williams Soper
Hello Mr. Blanchard
Thank you for getting back to me so fast.
What is OFCA?
Thank you very much for the information
Banana ana
Added by Banana ana on Apr 29, 2015 1:10 PM
Banana ana
125979562 Dorcas Williams Soper
Hello W Blanchard

Thank you for the memorial for my 3rd great grand aunt's memorial and photos. Her spouse Timothy Soper was my 3rd great grandfather's brother. I was wondering if you have found Timothy's brother Solomon Soper Jr
1791-1867 Are you related to the Sopers?

Thank you very much
Banana ana
Added by Banana ana on Apr 29, 2015 9:32 AM
Rodger Smith
RE: Sarah Foran
You're very welcome
Added by Rodger Smith on Apr 28, 2015 6:55 PM
Brenda Bruyn
RE: Alice Trusdale
Your very welcome. Was glad to do it.
Regards Brenda
Added by Brenda Bruyn on Apr 25, 2015 5:36 AM
RE: Phyllis Trebble
You're most welcome Wayne ~ glad I could help.

~ Linda
Added by Linda on Apr 20, 2015 8:59 PM
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