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Mary S. (#47572796)
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Bio Photo I am of Acadian (French from what is now Nova Scotia), Irish and Italian ancestry, and my husband is of French-Canadian and Eastern European Jewish ancestry.

Our Canadian ancestors came to New England in the late 19th and early 20th century, to work in the mill towns of Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

I LOVE the early New England gravestone art! But my main focus for genealogy is with our Canadian immigrant ancestors.

I love an excuse to go puttering around local cemeteries, taking photos. Hope I can continue to add listings and photos here for many years to come!


Many of my photos have GPS tags in the EXIF Data, and I've added that information to some of the memorials. But Find A Grave makes this very cumbersome to do, so I haven't added all of them. ALSO, some of the GPS tags are wrong, because of an intermittent problem with my camera that I'm trying to get the company to diagnose and fix. So, please, before sending an edit to add the GPS tags, look at the location to make sure it makes sense, and isn't located in some swamp a mile away!


I hate having to post this, BUT:

If you want to send me corrections/additions for the memorials I manage, PLEASE use the Edit Tab on the memorial page. I won't make changes from messages left here.

I put a lot of work into my memorials - I don't just post the minimum FAG requires. Don't tell me that you'll send me your notes on a family and I can update my memorials from them. Send the SACs using the Edit Tab on the individual memorials, if you want me to make changes.

I will not post an obituary in its entirety, ever. It's a violation of copyright law, and also risks listing living persons.

And I will NOT link a memorial to an "Unknown Burial" memorial. Come back when you know where s/he is buried.

Requests for transfer will be judged on a case by case basis. For example, if you are trying to use Find A Grave as a genealogy site by adding all your "Burial Unknowns," I will not transfer to you. Although a wonderful genealogical resource, Find A Grave is intended as a burial registry and I won't encourage behavior that runs contrary to that.
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Mark D.
RE: Duda family in Worcester Co
Thank you so much!

Josephine was the mother of all the children, starting with Helen Duda Minior, Viola, Antholina, Stephanie Duda Walls(?), Wanda, Edward (my grandfather), Leon (husband of Audrey Coombs), Regina Duda Pelli, and Catherine Duda Girard.

Not living up in Massachusetts has made it very difficult to access things like obits. I REALLY appreciate all your help!
Added by Mark D. on Oct 14, 2014 11:39 AM
Mark D.
RE: Duda family in Worcester Co
It does look correct! You have added a new, but close, variant to Josephine's possible maiden names, Plashek. I have Piacek, Piaczek, and Piacecka as possibles, that's mainly what made me curious about were you got it. I am still not sure which is correct.

If you ever have time, I would love to have the text of Leon (aka Leo to most people) and Audrey's obituary. They visited us in New Mexico within a year of her passing.

I really appreciate all the work you do! So awesome.
Added by Mark D. on Oct 13, 2014 6:48 AM
Mark D.
Duda family in Worcester Co
Dear Mary S,

I am hoping you can tell me where you were able to gain info on the Dudas at rest in St. Pat's cemetery in Worcester Co. Particularly Leon, Audrey, Stanisław and Josephine. Thank you!
Added by Mark D. on Oct 12, 2014 9:32 AM
Charles Gilbert
RE: Chattertons in Pine Grove, Whitinsville
Thank you for accepting the James F Chatterton edits. I added the reference to Fannie Chatterton of "grave on 24 Wildwood path" from the Chatterton family notes by my wife's father. I will correct that error. Thanks.

Charles Gilbert
Added by Charles Gilbert on Oct 03, 2014 9:26 AM
Barbara Harackiewicz
RE: Re: Martha Donovan
Would it be possible to transfer her memorial to me? I would like to add a bio and a photo.
Added by Barbara Harackiewicz on Sep 16, 2014 4:45 PM
Busy as a Bee
Hi Mary,

Yes I'm still kicking, got my brain spinning at Ancestry. com filling in the blanks of my own "Dutchies". Up to over 1500 names-phew. Most of the old timers had several kids and that really adds up the total. Visited Pine Grove (online) and saw a Aug/2014 photo so I knew that your doing okay and I'm glad. Take care, Marcia
Added by Marcia on Sep 08, 2014 11:44 AM
Glenn MacKenzie
RE: Re: Albert & Bertha Senecal
Thanks for the photo.
As far as Albert is concerned I have no record of his death either and have to assume he is still living.
Added by Glenn MacKenzie on Sep 06, 2014 6:15 AM
Bob R
RE: Re: DuMortier family
You're welcome. I've processed the edits you made on Jean Jacques. You can link his spouse using the same edit feature (click "Relationships" and add spouse's memorial number).
Added by Bob R on Sep 04, 2014 7:58 AM
Robert Cushman
RE: Re: Mary Cushman, Pine Grove Cem. Whitinsville
Thanks, Mary. I agree it is better to be cautious. Perhaps someone will run down the birth record. I have entered edits which should reflect what I think you suggest. Feel free to edit as you see fit. Thanks for your help on this.
Bob Cushman
Added by Robert Cushman on Aug 31, 2014 9:23 PM
Robert Cushman
RE: Re: Mary Cushman, Pine Grove Cem. Whitinsville
You are soooo right about this. Further, I cited the 1885 Rhode Island census. She was not even alive then! My mistake and I apologize.

My error got me to devote some more time to this. I am pretty sure that Mary A Cushman is daughter of Martin Gray Cushman (1824-1903) and Serepta Martin Taft Cushman (1831-1897). He is buried Peapack Union Cemetery, Gladstone, Somerset Co. NJ, Memorial # 10767585. She had a second marriage. She is buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Northbridge, Worcester Co. MA. Memorial 99178417, same cemetery that Mary A Cushman (?-13 Oct 1876) is buried in. Another child, Hiram H Cushman (1851-1854) is also buried in this same cemetery.

I have Martin and Serepta Cushman's children as:
George H (1850-1919)
Mary A (ca 1854-1876)
Hiram H (1851-1854
Meyete (ca 1862-?)

The 1855 Massachusetts State census has Martin G Cushman, his wife (though transcribed/recorded as Electa M Cushman), son George (1850) and daughter, Mary A (b 1854) in Blackstone, Worcester, MA. This would put Mary A Cushman's previously unknown birthdate as ca 1854, per the 1855 MA State census.

Here is the Url to the Family Search.Org census page.

What do you think?
Sorry for causing confusion. Hope this makes up for it :)
Bob Cushman
Added by Robert Cushman on Aug 31, 2014 6:08 PM
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