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Christopher Hapgood Brooks (#47624489)
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Bio Photo I'm a Certified Genealogist whose primary focus for 25 years has been a regional one-name study of Brooks families originating in early (pre-1700) New England. I maintain a website to share this information at and am preparing a book on one of these families, the descendants of Capt. Thomas Brooks, who died at Concord, Massachusetts in 1667. A secondary focus for even longer has been the old Willow Cemetery in Franconia, New Hampshire, dating to the late 18th century, which I first stumbled across, in a state of overgrown neglect, in 1968. Results and maps of an historical/archaeological survey I did there in 2002 for the Town of Franconia can be downloaded at

Corrections and additions are always appreciated.
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Joyce Niswander
RE: Clinger, St. Mary's
You're welcome for the photographs. I like that last word. We should learn to use it more.

Joyce Niswander
Added by Joyce Niswander on Dec 04, 2016 6:18 AM
Jack Parker
The first tombs were authorized in 1807, well after the Sartells. There is no record of a Sartell tomb in Greens "Epitaphs". There is a specific mention of this stone in there:


Added by Jack Parker on Oct 25, 2016 5:23 AM
Jack Parker
RE: Nathaniel Sartell
Stopped by the older cemetery today to check out the tomb caps. I did not find one for Sartell, although I dud see a couple of Sawtells. I did call the cemetery comissioner to see if there had been one at one point. I doubt that will go anywhere, but it has renewed my interest in those tombcaps - thank you for that.

Added by Jack Parker on Oct 24, 2016 12:39 PM
Jack Parker
... which makes me think there should be a "tomb cap" as well over in the old cemetery. I'll keep an eye open for it.

Added by Jack Parker on Oct 24, 2016 4:59 AM
Jack Parker
RE: Nathaniel Sartell
Did not realize it had a photo request, I might have paid more attention. The stone has some history, "Removed from the Old Cemetery to the new by Nathaniel Gillson to the lot of Simeon Gillson." (#150897987). This was at a time where the old cemetery was in shambles and about to get a facelift. Simeons wife Elizabeth (#171717497) had Sartell as her maiden name, so the connection must be through her. The stone is curious because it does not have the normal ornamentation - skull & wings or urn and willow which were more typical of that era. It looks like the type of marker for a tomb, not a single grave.

Jack Parker
Added by Jack Parker on Oct 24, 2016 4:52 AM
RE: Eli Brooks
I uploaded a photo of Eli Brooks' grave, only to discover that it was the wrong Eli Brooks--the death date was different. So I had to delete the photo. Find-A-Grave must have notified you regardless--I'm sorry for the confusion! I'll keep looking for the correct Eli Brooks.
Added by mstress130 on Oct 10, 2016 6:04 AM
Alice & Franklyn Vosburg
RE: Raitt monument
I'll be happy to add photos as time allows. I've a backlog of approximately 500 taken Friday and Saturday....

Tomorrow morning I'm serving as deacon for the first time in about a decade, I'm nervous but looking forward to the experience as well.

Added by Alice & Franklyn Vosburg on Oct 08, 2016 7:59 PM
Trish Cox
Margaret & Caleb Dexter
I appreciate your trying to find the headstones for Margaret & Caleb. As you stated they might be buried there but there are a lot of headstones that are in bad shape. I will continue to try to find out if this is the correct cemetery or not. Thank you for your time! I hope you have a great weekend!
Added by Trish Cox on Oct 01, 2016 6:24 PM
Amy Levesque
RE: Your Contributor comments
Hi Chris,

I visit every year! I would love to meet up - thank you!

Added by Amy Levesque on Sep 30, 2016 10:27 AM
Alice & Franklyn Vosburg
Brooks Memorial Park
I posted a new photograph of the Levi and Shuah Brooks Memorial Cemetery on the Brooks Memorial cemetery page. The only inscription on the white slab is Brooks Memorial Park. The bushes are gone.

The white fence and archway mark an entrance to a cremains only part of the park. The remainder of the park is farther down a winding dirt road, behind a grove of trees.
Added by Alice & Franklyn Vosburg on Sep 28, 2016 7:54 AM
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