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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.
Example:

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
Heaven.
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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Bocephus
RE: Selena Alexander
Hi Wayne

Always happy to help out, especially for our war veterans!

Cheers
Henry
Added by Bocephus on Apr 07, 2015 2:35 PM
Nickole
RE: Pvt. Gladys Lomax
Your most welcome
Added by Nickole on Apr 07, 2015 4:49 AM
Terry Miller
RE: Lieut. Frances Ellen Cooper
Wayne
Also included in the family plot were stones for Mabel, Isaac and Belle. I took photos of their stones as well in case you didn't have them. If you want these photos too, let me know.I also have a shot that shows the large family marker with the four personal stones laid at the foot of each family member. This photo is larger than the maximum allowed download size, but I could e-mail it to you if you wanted.
Terry
Added by Terry Miller on Mar 31, 2015 7:41 AM
Alison
RE: Bassano Union Cemetery
Hi Wayne
The photos I have from Bassanno were donated to me by good friends, I will ask if they would be willing to go back and take more photos. Please do not hold your breath, they do not understand our love of Cemeteries.

Alison
Added by Alison on Mar 28, 2015 10:02 AM
Alison
RE: Edna Sherman
please let me know if I can help in any way
have a 'soft spot' for military personel

Alison
Added by Alison on Mar 28, 2015 9:59 AM
Alison
Edna Sherman
Hi Wayne

I have added the info.Hope you don't mind that I replaced "son" with the word 'child'

are you related to her?

Alison
Added by Alison on Mar 28, 2015 7:51 AM
Barbara
Sally Hodge
Thank you very much for transferring Sally Hodge to me. I really appreciate it.
Added by Barbara on Mar 23, 2015 3:46 AM
Sharon S
Roswell & Hannah Rowley
What a nice surprise to see the headstones for my 3x great-grandparents when I wasn't even looking for them. Thanks.
Added by Sharon S on Dec 08, 2014 7:57 PM
The Goldens
Emily Smith Clark
Thank you so much for the photo. Looks like the grave has seen better days. Glad for the photo!!!
Added by The Goldens on Nov 11, 2014 3:01 PM
John Russell Pierson
Betsy McNish
Thanks for the pic!
Added by John Russell Pierson on Aug 21, 2014 4:41 AM
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