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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

First Parish Cemetery . York, Maine

Each and every burial (over 6,000) is listed on the First Parish Cemetery memorial website.  Click here to visit.

Historic First Parish Church, York Village, Maine

You will see an alphabetical menu enabling you to locate your deceased-of-interest. Each person has a memorial page which will include all known dates/names from the headstone, AND, the actual plot location in the cemetery (section, plot, stone)  It is an incredibly thorough and helpful site.  You can use this if you are visiting the cemetery yourself, and the plot information is especially helpful to the photographer, if you are making a photo request on

As I roamed around the cemetery this morning taking photos, the Cemetery Super drove up speedily in his golf cart and was extremely helpful.  He tooted back to the office, found the exact location (since I did not know how the sections of the cemetery were actually laid out), and sped back to me with the info.  Nice guy.

He did somewhat shrug and smile and say "we've had an interloper," when I mentioned this helpful website.  I asked what that meant, and he seemed to be indicating that he did not upload the current info, and told me someone had possibly altered the information for the burials and was not necessarily 100% accurate.  However, today, for me -- it was 100% right on.

PS:  If you want to take a leisurely stroll through a beautiful and peaceful setting, this is the place.  Don't miss the Museum and Old Gaol across from the Church...

Monday, July 30, 2012

Occupation: "Lightning Rod"

1880:  Henry and Tryphosa Eaton, and Henry's brother, John Eaton, all of Deer Isle, Maine, re-located in the 1870's to Missouri.  The reason for this is unclear.  However, the 1880 Census for them in Springfield, Missouri lists Henry's occupations as "LIGHTNING ROD."   Hmm.  Sounds dangerous.

His brother John who also lives in Henry's household, has "LIGHTNING ROD AGT" listed as his occupation.

Were they inventors of the lightning rod, perhaps?  And why Missouri?  Once again, a new realm of research pops up, to discover the details regarding Occupation: "Lightning Rod."

1900:  The Eatons must have done well and survived any lightening strikes.  Now, Henry is listed as a "coal and ice dealer."  He has two servants in the household. (Brother John Eaton is no longer there.) They live in a neighborhood whose citizens hail from many different states, most seem to be business owners, with servants -  clearly an affluent area.

Those Deer Isle folks...whether on the high seas or on land, they were definitely adventurous...

Henry Eaton:  Occupation- "Lightning Rod"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ship's Index - New Favorite Research Site

I am not sure why I have not come across this website before:
It is the most comprehensive listing for vessels on the internet.  The search engine allows you to enter a ship's name and give you a result consisting of different sources for that vessel.  In my case, I was researching a brig I knew had been built in Bath, Maine circa 1820-1840.  

The search results produced a list of sources, and referred to various ships, all of that same name, built at various times - in various places.  You can easily sort through the list of results if you possess either the approximate dates the ship was built or in service - or the general location of it's service.

One of the results: "A Maritime History of Bath Maine and the Kennebec River Region," by William Avery Baker, clued me in that this particular ship was the one of interest to me.  The website results go so far as to list every page contained within that volume, that refers to the ship in question.  What an enormous help! 

They have many more offerings, and a wide variety of types of resources (magazines, books, CD's etc.)  But I will let you read more about that by going to their site. 
Here is a short introduction, in their words, about the website:

"If you're a historian, a model-maker, a genealogist, a fact-checker, or anyone else who needs information about vessels, we'll get you where you need to go, and fast. 

We have over 140,000 entries that are freely accessible, without subscribing or logging in anywhere. For $8 per month, you'll soon have access to well over two million additional citations, from hundreds of different resources -- books, magazines, CD-ROMs, websites, online databases, and more. Not only would it take hundreds of hours to search every resource here by hand, it's simply not possible: no single library has all of the resources included in this database. The time you'll save, searching hundreds of resources in just a few moments, is well worth the cost of two coffees and muffins."

 Check them out:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gravestone Images: A Cow and a Funeral Home?

In my travels today around the Berwicks and Waterboro, Maine, I encountered two contemporary headstones of some note.

The first belongs to the Johnson family of N. Berwick, and lately of Hillside Cemetery.  The Johnsons own the funeral home in town. Their family monument has a perfect rendition of this historic town building. You can even see the funeral home sign in the picture. The monument is surrounded by the individual marker stones for the many members of the family, most of whom are not yet in that final resting place - but certainly "prepared."  Quite impressive.

Off Clark Bridge Road in Waterboro, Maine is the "Pine Grove Cemetery North" not to be confused with the larger, more peopled "Pine Grove Cemetery South," down the road apiece.
Here I found a most unusual choice for a gravestone image. Waterboro, Maine and surrounding towns such as Hollis and Limerick, are farm towns, at one time undoubtedly more "cattled" than "peopled."  At any rate, a certain Warren chose to forever link himself to ....a cow. Or steer.  It's very 'moooo-ving - a daring mooove, I'd say.  (Or, someone with a farmer's pride and/or a wonderful sense of humor.)

What would you choose as gravestone image?


Friday, July 6, 2012

Child Labor in 1880

Currently researching the Dionne family from Prince Edward Island, Canada, who immigrated to the U.S.

Lewiston/Auburn, sister cities in Maine, were inundated by Canadians during the 1800's due to the industrial activity taking place there along the Androscoggin River.  Opportunities for work were abundant.  A section of Lewiston became known as "Little Canada."  The Bates Mill, a textile mill, was one of the largest employers and possibly where the Dionnes worked.

Their 1880 census record for the town of Lewiston, Maine shows the two younger children - Elise and....Elise (this is a son), ages 13 and 14, as working in the cotton mill along with their father Theophile, and older siblings Caroline, Henrietta and Emma...

13 and 14 years old...what were you doing at that age?

My kids were in theater programs, taking riding lessons, going to school, swimming in the ocean in the summer with their friends, doing art projects, and working part time jobs during the tourist season for extra spending money -  and not to support their family.