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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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The Goldens
Thank you so much for the photo of my family member. I am grateful for your time and help!
Added by The Goldens on Jul 22, 2014 4:25 PM
The Goldens
Mary McCready Bradley
Thanks so much for the photo of my family member. I'm thankful for your time and effort!
Added by The Goldens on Jul 18, 2014 10:27 PM
Farrar and related families
The Farrar family thanks you for sharing your photographic skills with our family.
Thank you for your cooperation, helpfulness, and generosity. Thank you for your work to help families through this site. Please watch for other Farrar family photo requests as we are making a lot of them these days. Your work is A+, "Right on the money".
Added by Farrar and related famili... on Jul 16, 2014 5:27 PM
Heather Riley
John & Mary McDonald Headstone
Thank you so much for taking photos of my ancestors' headstone! I hadn't visited their memorial in a few months so I didn't see them until now (you uploaded them in April). I really appreciate it!!
Added by Heather Riley on Jul 11, 2014 11:19 AM
RE: Boyd Stone
Shirley had sent me a link to the photos on the other site. for the age of the headstones, they are very nice photos.

Thank you for transferring Isaac to me. He is part of my large Beach Family. I will be adding the others over the next few days as they are children and grandchildren.
Added by SusanR on Jun 05, 2014 2:25 PM
Hello Fellow Leeds County fan
Hello W! Do you live anywhere near Smiths Falls?
Added by Merrickville on Apr 24, 2014 8:23 AM
Brown and Lyons
Thanks very much for your photos of these monuments. They are excellent and appreciated!

I am seeking additional information on Ann Lyons and hope you'll let me know if you find anything more about her.

Best regards,
Added by LJH on Apr 21, 2014 7:17 AM
Cathy Alton
Thank you so much for getting these photos for me! Beautiful photo!
Added by Cathy Alton on Apr 06, 2014 9:26 AM
Kris Gilbert
James Martin
Thank you (long overdue!) for the picture of James Martin's marker.
Added by Kris Gilbert on Mar 15, 2014 11:24 AM
Stevens' Cemetery
Thank you so much for the prompt fulfillment of my request for a photo of my grandfather's baby brother's grave at Stevens' Cemetery. Thanks.
Added by Jill_R on Jan 21, 2014 1:18 PM
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