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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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Ric Noble
RE: France's Schofieldl

I Have added memorials for her parents to the Nictaux cemetery. You can connect her to them.

Added by Ric Noble on Jan 24, 2017 8:40 AM
Nancy & Rich Remling
Ezekiel & Abagail Shipman
Thanks so much for the photos!
Added by Nancy & Rich Remling on Nov 08, 2016 10:57 AM
Geof Wyght
Curtis Botsford photo in Soperton Cemetery
Thanks so much for taking this photo of someone in my family tree.
Added by Geof Wyght on Sep 04, 2016 10:17 AM
RE: Private Margaret Young
Happy to help Wayne!
Added by hollaw on Aug 31, 2016 10:30 PM
RE: Agnes Shearer
No problem.... I just thought that I would let you know I had checked it out.

Added by Sunshine on Aug 28, 2016 4:47 PM
Honoring Their Lives
What a delight to open my e-mail and to see that you took such an awesome image of my Elizabeth Timlick's headstone! I appreciate so very much your dedication in helping preserve the old and oftentimes abandoned cemeteries such as the one that Elizabeth's final resting place is noted to be. It is a beautifully crafted headstone, even after being there for 160 years. Thank you so much! Blessed indeed, Helen Murphy, Nashville, TN
Added by Honoring Their Lives on Jun 11, 2016 8:24 AM
Val Fox
RE: Corp. Margaret Mason
You are welcome for the photo, it was my pleasure. If you need any others in Muskoka, please let me know and I will do my best to help.
Added by Val Fox on May 09, 2016 2:14 PM
Fay Carmichael
RE: Riddell at Greenbank
Thank you! Just found Mary's death cert, says she is buried at Spruce Haven, Brinston.
Added by Fay Carmichael on Apr 13, 2016 4:20 PM
Fay Carmichael
Riddell at Greenbank
Thank you for the beautiful photo of Victor's grave. Could you add it to Annie, his second wife? #160984766

Is it permissible to add your photo to our Ancestry tree - with a credit line?

Thank you, Fay
Added by Fay Carmichael on Apr 13, 2016 1:14 PM
Lorea Anderson
Photo of Pauline Moffatt (Nee Bowen)
THANK you, so much for taking the time to do this. I never met my grandmother and don't know when I'll be able to get out east. Your kindness is appreciated!
Added by Lorea Anderson on Apr 05, 2016 9:05 PM
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