Methodist Cemetery, Barnard, VT

Aunt Magna, Uncle Harry, Uncle Howard, and Jean are all here.

This graveyard is also called the North Road-Methodist Cemetery, and it appears – according to Google, which has been known to be wrong from time to time (cough) – to be in Bethel, the next town to the north. Note though, that all the other references describe it as in Barnard.

Either way, it is located at the intersection of North Road and Town Highway 13.

No phone, and definitely no website or Facebook page.


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Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, NH

Boopie and Gagie are here.

Address: Linden St, Exeter, NH 03833

Dr Howard Townsend Swain, Sr

Birth:  May 16, 1868 Bath, Steuben County, New York
Death:  Dec. 6, 1936 Boston, Massachusetts

Plot: Lot 224 B
Find A Grave Memorial# 145938412

Harriet French Swain

Birth:  May 28, 1868 Exeter, New Hampshire
Death:  Jul. 16, 1958 Milton, Massachusetts

Plot: Lot 224 B
Find A Grave Memorial# 145938467



Map of Exeter Cemetery


Jonathan French: Soldier, Surgeon, Minister

If I had to pick a single ancestor whose life trajectory I most admire, it would have to be this man. As a youth, he volunteered for and fought in the French and Indian War. In his young adulthood, he was a respected surgeon. And from the middle of his life to the end, he was a beloved minister. That, to me, is the trifecta of use to one’s community; offering at each distinct stage of his passage through this world what he best had to give.

If these next few posts can encourage in others a fraction of the respect I feel for him, and help to keep his name and his example alive, I’ll view this site as having been worth the time.



Historical Sketches of Andover (comprising the present towns of North Andover and Andover), by Bailey, Sarah Loring, 1880

Rev. Jonathan French, 1740-1809

pp. 279

A relic of the military service of Rev. Jonathan French, in this war, has been found among his papers, in possession of his descendants at Andover, — an Almanac which has his name and “Castle William” written on it. It is for the year 1761. It contains the following verses on the victories of our arms, which, no doubt, thrilled the sensibilities of the then Sergeant French : —

“How shall my muse in proper lines express Our Northern Armies Valour and Success? While I am writing comes the joyful news Which cheers my heart anew inspires my muse. Our three brave armies at Montreal meet, A conquest of New France they three compleat. To God we owe the Triumphs of the Day ; New France submits to George’s gentle sway. May Lewis that proud tyrant never more. Bear any rule upon this northern shore !”



The day of the Battle of Bunker Hill and the night which followed, were full of terrible anxiety and suspense to the friends trembling for the fate of their kindred and townsfolk. From the high hills they strained their eyes to catch a glimpse of coming messengers, and watched the lurid fires of the burning city stream up on the horizon, while the incessant booming of the cannon made even stout hearts quail and all tremble for the fate of friends on the battle-field.

The next day was the Sabbath; but who could sit down in the meeting-house and listen to sermons, or compose his mind for the duty of public prayer, however devout he might be! Concerning the state of things, the pastor of the South Church, the Rev. Jonathan French, writes: —

“Our houses of public worship were generally shut up. It was the case here. When the news of the battle reached us, the anxiety and distress of wives and children, of parents, of brothers, sisters, and friends was great. It was not known who were among the slain or living, the wounded or the well. It was thought justifiable for us who could to repair to the camp to know the circumstances, to join in the defence of the country and prevent the enemy from pushing the advantages they had gained, and to afford comfort and relief to our suffering brethren and friends.”

With surgical instruments, for he was a practical surgeon, and musket, for he was a trained soldier, and Bible, as became his profession, the Rev. Dr. French made his Sabbath day’s journey to the camp, and rendered valuable aid there in ministering to the wounded and the dying.

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Christian Hill Cemetery, Colrain, MA

My cousin Elisha Lee visited this cemetery several years ago, and wrote me this:

“In the northwest corner of Colrain – an obscure little mountainside burial ground with a beautiful view.  Levi, Joel, Salome, and Rhoda Swain are all in the southwest corner of the lot.  Joel’s stone is broken, but notes his death on July 29, 1897.  Levi’s stone indicates a death date of September  30, 1851 AE 72 years.  This is slightly different from the date on file.  Salome (not Saloma or Sally, at least on the stone) died June 12, 1854 AE 69 yrs.

Rhoda’s stone bears the inscription

“Rhoda, Consort of Levi Swain, Died Aug 13th 1822 AE 40 years.  Unveil thy bosom faithful tomb, Take this new treasure to thy trust, And give there sacred relix room, To seek a slumber in the dust.”

Levi’s grave has a veteran’s marker with a flag – he was too young, I think, for the Revolution…did he serve in the War of 1812, or were the locals simply misinformed?”

–EFL, Jr.



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West Brattleboro Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT

AKA The Mather Cemetery. This is the burial site of the Eatons, and the child, Joel Eaton Swain…

Directions to West Brattleboro Cemetery:

91 to Brattleboro to Rt 9 to  Greenleaf St. to Mather Rd.; then up hill. The old part of the cemetery is on the right. Grave of Joel is in north central portion, among the Nashes.

No address or contact info available other than a phone.

Tel: (802) 254-8113






Joel Eaton Swain

Birth:  1800

Death:  Aug. 22, 1813

Joel Eaton Swain, son of Levi & Susan Swain, died Aug 22, 1813, ae 3 yrs.

Buried in the NASH lot

Find A Grave Memorial# 85707412



“Christ feeds his flocks

He calls there [sic] names

His bosom bears 

The tender lambs”





Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield, MA

This is where Thomas and Jane Skudder Burgin are buried, along  with their daughter Jennie.

I haven’t gone yet, but I want to.



Oak Grove Cemetery 

426 Bay Street

Springfield, Hamden County, Massachusetts, 01109

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 42.12640, Longitude: -72.56250

No website listed but there is an official Facebook page, which you can find here.

(There is also an unofficial Facebook page which you can find here. This seems to be more people showing pictures of visits to loved ones.)

Oak Grove at Find-A-Grave.

Phone (413) 739-2127

Fax (413) 731-5138




A map of the individual sections. Our people are in Heath Path Section 12-92.


In Memory of ‘Jennie’ Burgin

My mother, Jane Skudder Burgin Lawrence was told she was named after this young woman, whose given name was Jane but who was called Jennie.

One of my great-grandfather’s siblings, she was born in a suburb of London, and came here in her infancy. She died of tuberculosis when she was 24.

Her tombstone, in its brevity, and its use of her family nickname not her Christian name, speaks of the choking grief the family must have felt at her loss.

My mother has always wanted to go out to Springfield and pay a visit to Jennie’s grave, but for various reasons, we never took the trip.

This post is for her…



Jane / “Jennie” Burgin’s baptism/ birth entry:




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Weld Grave Sites Around Boston

Eustis Street Burying Ground, Roxbury, MA aka “Eliot Burying Ground”

Joseph Weld is buried here. Along with many others of the early colon.

 “This is Roxbury’s earliest cemetery, established in 1630. The burying ground is named for Rev. John Eliot, Christian missionary to the native peoples of the Neponset. Eliot is buried in the Parish Tomb, along with other early ministers of the First Parish of Roxbury. Two colonial governors are interred in the Dudley family tomb, which dates from 1653. Members of the renowned clockmaking family, the Willards, were buried here in the 1840’s when Roxbury was a manufacturing center.”


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