I pushed on to Winchester, New Hampshire. At this point I was following Philip Goss of Lancaster to the place he would call home and from there his descendants would venture into other parts of New Hampshire, Vermont, drop back in to Massachusetts and head out west.
My goal was the Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester. I crossed the Massachusetts and New Hampshire State line marked by a thin skinny sign on the side of the road. My first time in New Hampshire so I had to have some documentation.
Hopefully I am following in the footsteps of my cousin Paul H. Goss who wrote many articles and manuscripts on the Goss family. In order to verify his findings he traveled to this area to verify the gravestone of this man.
|Conant Public Library, Winchester, NH|
|Winchester Town Hall|
I had tried several times to contact the cemetery office for the Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester but they did not return my calls. I have learned that Cemetery Association are usually a part time job or they change to another person and the information online can be incorrect.
The Conant Public Library of Winchester is only open every other day and of course it was not this particular day. They did verify that they have a listing of the burials in the Evergreen Cemetery. If someone is willing to get me a copy I would be very grateful and will be happy to pay for the copies and postage. This cemetery is at Find A Grave. I do not believe it is complete because this is a big cemetery and 410 interments seems too small. Someone has put up photos but they are more of the artistic type. You will find them at Grave Addiction for this and many other cemeteries: http://www.graveaddiction.com/evergwnh.html
Again it took a few miles to get to Winchester after the sign. You turn right into the town center area and there is the courthouse and the library. I took a right onto Hwy 119 south to the cemetery. It is easy enough to spot. There is a big white wood archway at the front of the cemetery. You can drive through some of the cemetery by taking the road on the north side of the cemetery and entering in the side. The older front area has been closed off with metal drums and rope. Based on what I observed the older part of the cemetery is in the front on the hill while the newer part is in the back on the flat land.
Winchester Historical Society: http://www.winchesternhhistoricalsociety.org/ Be careful with this link. I had a virus warning at their website.
How was I going to find them and were they even in this cemetery? I was going in blindly. I drove around some then positioned the car in front of one of the barricades. I ate a snack and pondered my situation.
I started to walk forward to the front. Now the front part is very hilly so that makes it a challenge. The front are of the cemetery is a big empty grassy space or so it looks. The fence is white. I needed a picture of the cemetery so I walked over to it and took some photos.
It was time to give it my best. It is a big cemetery and it was going to take a lot of time to find them. Paul H. Goss, my cousin, must have been looking out for me for I found them within a few minutes. They were right up in the front to the right as you face the cemetery.
|Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, NH
They are to the left and forward of the white building in the distance
under the large arch
There are more photos of the cemetery and they will be added later.
Keene is the county seat of Cheshire County, New Hampshire of which Winchester is a part. I was tempted to drive there (north) and do some research but decided that my goal was the finding and photographing these graves. Keene is not that far.