More Cemetery Photos Added!

I have continued to add more of my cemetery photos to the public Picasa Web Albums.

15.  Hazardville Cemetery, the larger and newer one in Hazardville which is part of Enfield, CT.
16.  Main Street Cemetery, Granville, MA
17.  Palisado Cemetery photos from my 2007 trip, Windsor, CT
18.  Becket Center and Cemetery, MA
19.  Middle Cemetery, Lancaster, MA
20.  Chocksett Burying Ground, Sterling, MA
21.  Old Indian Cemetery, West Brookfield, MA
22.  Old Settlers Cemetery, Lancaster, MA behind the Middle Cemetery
23.  Hillside Cemetery and the Ancient Cemetery in Thomaston, CT  (This was Hillside not Hilltop.)
24.  Evergreen Cemetery, Winchester, NH
25. North Becket and North Becket Cemetery, MA
26. Old Common Burial Ground, Common Rd., Lancaster, MA

Same link but with all 26 of them visible.

For information on how to care for a cemetery or an individual stone go to the Connecticut Gravestone Network  They have information on maintenance, photographing, documentation and related links and events. 

Donna E. Walcovy, Ph.D. gave a lecture at the NERGC in Springfield.  She has some very interesting things to say about iconography of a tombstone. I am more interested in her philosophy on how to preserve a cemetery.  She is currently involved with the Falmouth Genealogical Society and the preservation of the cemeteries in that area.  She said that if she doesn’t know how to repair a stone she will not touch it till she learns what to do to accomplish the repair properly.  This is very interesting on the preservation of this cemetery:

This site the Association of Gravestone Studies also has information on how to care for and preserve gravestones.

It is generally recommended not to do rubbings – sandstone, limestone and marble are especially vulnerable. The most interesting was that the stone(s) actually wick up the water and any chemicals in the ground used around them so they are very delicate and need to be treated with care. Also do not seal them for they need to breath. 

Because of limited time, I did not always get a great photograph of the stone.  So it does take some time and care to accomplish that task properly.  Apparently a mirror is a suggested tool to shine light onto the tombstone?  I will have to try it. 

In addition, I usually write out the inscription on the stone onto a notepad. I am afraid I was very bad and did not do that this trip.  It is so easy to forget so don’t do what I didn’t do.  Write down what you see when you are there at the cemetery.  Don’t forget to look on the backside especially of the newer stones.  

It was interesting to note that on cloudy days it would be really difficult to get anything to come out in the writing on a stone.  On sunny days I was fighting back lighting as the sun came through trees and the stones were facing in the opposite direction. Rain caused drops on my lens and that meant I had to be diligent in keeping it clean and that wasn’t easy in the pouring rain.  Lower light meant I really needed to use the tripod. I can tell that some photos are fuzzy because I moved.

I am always learning!!

One more Cemetery:

27.  Old Hazardville Cemetery in Hazardville part of Enfield, CT.


Sunday, April 10, 2011: Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts

Today I leave Springfield.  A little driving tour of the Springfield Cemetery is in order before I totally leave Springfield, Massachusetts. 

This cemetery is very large and is right in the heart of Springfield.  It also houses the burials from the Elm Street Cemetery or more properly the “Old Burying Yard” that were moved there in mid 1848.  You might find more information at the Longmeadow Historical Society.   I was told by the cemetery office to enter in the Pine Street entrance and turn left to find the old section and the mass graves. Well, guess what?  It was locked up tight.  So that means I had to go around to the main entrance off Central which changes to Cemetery Road.  This took a bit of doing because I could not find it.  About the 3rd time down Central St. I finally spotted the entrance and figured out how to enter. 

The entrance to the Springfield Cemetery looks like an alley way except for the two brick pillars with urns at the top and the two wrought iron gates that have oxidized with green mold.

Entrance to the Springfield Cemetery

The roadway into the Springfield Cemetery

Once through the gates you drive down this long paved road till you come to the cemetery office and crematorium which is on your left.  It is a rather boxy brick building. 

Based on the information I had received from the office, I decided to take the road to the right rather than go straight ahead.  It lead me past the Chapel and up a steep one lane road with a cliff on the left.  No errors here or you are down in the gully.  The Springfield Cemetery is hilly, has valleys, dips, different levels and is huge. 

My goal was the area along Pine Street where the Elm street interments were placed.  It is right beside the Pine Street Entrance so that helps.  Fortunately I had taken the correct road.  It took me up to these older stones.  I used the Pine Street entrance to park my car.  Elm street was the old burial ground in at the Court Park area of Springfield that I was talking about in my post on April 5th.  It is the cemetery that was destroyed and the burials were removed and interned in the Springfield Cemetery because of the railroad. These are the older pioneers of the area. 

Memorial Stone to the Old Burying Ground 1848

The old stones are about 4 rows deep.  I feel sad and wondered how many graves were lost, not just from time turning them into dust but who might have been buried there. Tombstones that had broken or had been buried as well. The above photograph is of the marker that I found.  This marker is a deep brownish red, small and hard to read right at the corner next to the Pine Street entrance.  I hope there are more references to this bygone cemetery but I did not have time to dig deeper. 

Tombstones from the Old Burying Ground on Elm Street 1848

Here is the link to the Springfield Cemetery website.

Some stones are doing well but this one has broken off.  If you want to know who is buried in the Springfield Cemetery go to Find A Grave and search for the Springfield Cemetery.  The cemetery office website states they  have 25,000+ burials but Find A Grave only has about 19,501.  You can search for a cemetery or search by a name.  If you bring up a specific cemetery you can search just that cemetery with a name.

I choose the name Daniel Cooley and it gave me two names: 
  • Daniel Cooley born May 2, 1651 died Feb 9.1727.  This individual was placed in the marker that represents the mass grave. 
  • The 2nd was Daniel Cooley born May 2, 1651 d. Feb 9, 1726.  Another search came up with Elizabeth Wolcott born Aug. 19,1662 in Windsor, died Jan. 30, 1706.

Daniel Cooley (1651-1727) and Elizabeth Wolcott Cooley (1662-1706) were the parents of Benjamin Cooley who married Margaret Bliss and went to Brimfield.

Here are some additional photos of this cemetery.  I also have a video but that will not be uploaded till I return from this trip after April 24th.

More cemetery through the trees

Through the Trees more of the cemetery

One could spend hours in this cemetery studying the stones and examining all the nooks and crannies.  I was there maybe 1/2 hour or 45 minutes and I felt a sense of age, tiredness and time.  I could see that there was destruction, stones had fallen over and were getting covered with debree and disappearing.  This made me wonder how many are buried underneath?  Unfortunately the ancestors that I want to study or visit are gone with the ages and one can only guess where they might be resting peacefully.

Monday, April 4, 2011: East Windsor and Enfield, Connecticut – Digging In!

In the Enfield area there were various industries established in the 1830’s like the carpet factory in Thompsonville. Hazardville had the gun powder factory.  Since Colonial times tobacco has been an industry.  Why am I so interested in these business? 

My Barclay family was there. The carpet factory hired Scottish weavers to come to the factory and it is possible that my family was among them?  I have not been able to prove it yet.  They might have come for the other industries I mentioned above. 

The 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Enfield and East Windsor has the Barclay children scattered and living with various families: Alpheus Pease, Obadiah Olmsted, and [Alonze] Barber.   Lucy Williams and a son Ephraim D. Williams are a family unit and George Angus Barclay is 6 years old and living with them. The Barclay parents cannot be found in Enfield at this time.  The father John Barclay shows up in Minnesota in 1853 in Shakopee. 

See the Barclay’s of Pine River blog:  Try the April 2010 archive posts which discuss the Barclay family in Enfield, Connecticut in more detail and describe the census research that was found. 

As far as finding a Barclay burial in the cemeteries in the area of Enfield I have not been successful.  An inquiry made to the Enfield Cemetery Association (860-741-6636) did not reveal any Barclay names. 

I would like to caution you that in my search of the cemeteries in the area my list may not be complete, it was very difficult to figure out and find cemeteries.  Online maps like Google Earth would name some cemeteries and not others although if you explore you can see a cemetery. My Streets and Trips mapping software also has some cemeteries named and others are not even listed.  I find this lack of completeness to be true of other sources for cemeteries.  Even the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) has a very interesting sorting of where the cemeteries are located –  The other problem is the name of the cemetery which seems to be different depending on the source. 

This Enfield Cemetery Association was very helpful and handles the Old Hazardville Cemetery.  They cover the King Street Cemetery (in the Hale Collection), Hazardville Cemetery, Thompsonville Cemetery, and Enfield Street Cemetery. 

Other cemeteries in the Enfield area are the Holy Cross Cemetery.  The Shaker Memorial Cemetery only has a monument to the people in the cemetery but no individual tombstones.  If memory serves me the Enfield Historic Society had a map of this cemetery with names of those buried.  I visited them on my trip there several years back??  I did not see a Barclay name listed. 

Enfield Historical Museum

Other cemeteries are controlled by churches or church diocese (Catholic).  St. Patrick’s King Street Cemetery and Old St. Patrick’s Cemetery is not at the Hale Collection (which adjoins the Thompsonville cemetery)  I called 860-745-2411 and had a nice chat with the office person but I did not find any Barclay names.  The New St. Patrick Cemetery is at the Hale Collection.

St. Bernard’s Cemetery 860-749-8353 is part of the Archdiocese of Bloomfield? and 860-2420738 has records for them. They were founded 1870 and that is too late for my purposes.  St. Adalbert’s Cemetery 860-242-0738  was founded in 1870 again to late for my purposes.

The East Windsor Cemetery Association did not return my phone calls and my last call I came up with a disconnected phone? 

This East Windsor Cemetery Association is supposed to cover:  Town Street (at Hale Collection) in Warehouse Point, Old Town Cemetery on North Main Street again at Warehouse Point, Springdale on South Main Street at Warehouse Point, Warehouse Point Cemetery, Melrose Cemetery on Melrose Road in Broad Brook, Windsorville Cemetery on the Windsorville Road, Scantic Cemetery in East Windsor. 

St. Catherine’s Cemetery 860-623-4636 south of Broad Brook is probably through an archdiocese? 

My list may not be complete and my interest is bent toward Enfield in my search for Margaret Barclay.  If she died poor then are there any poor cemeteries in the area?  So far I have not been able to pin this down neither the Enfield Cemetery Association nor the town clerk new of any?

Don’t forget to ask about the establishment date of the cemetery it can eliminate that cemetery pretty quickly if your ancestor was buried much further back.

My goal of the day is to go to the Enfield Town Hall and search for Barclay’s records. 

The Enfield Town Hall is a stately building in Thompsonville (part of Enfield) on the corner and you enter on Elm Street.  It was raining pretty heavy when I arrived. 

The Town Clerk’s office is on the right down at the end of the hall.  I entered and a clerk helped me to get started.  She took me through the big heavy door (like a bank vault) into the room and pointed out where the books were for the vital records in the 1800’s. 

I set to work.  What I found was pretty much what I expected and learned in past research.  There is the two volume History of Enfield, Connecticut and the names of the Barclay’s I found in this book are featured in my blog on The Barclay’s of Pine River.  (See links to the left).  There was a John and Elizabeth Barclay listed and their children.  This couple was too young for my great grandparents.  The Margaret Barclay who died in 1848 was listed as well.  I took notes and will prepare and Excel spreadsheet on my findings.  So there was nothing there that I didn’t already now.  I at least saw the clerk books and they were the originals.  The older books are on the wall across from the door as you enter. 

The attendant in the room was very friendly and helpful.  There was another lady doing research and she was chatty as well and helpful.  All the clerks were pleasant and tried to answer my questions.  I thank them for their help and kindness. 

One of the clerks I talked with did not know of any pauper or potter’s fields but did mention the Old Hazardville Cemetery, King Street (not used anymore) and the Enfield Street Cemetery as possibles for old burials.  I explained that I had called the Enfield Cemetery Association and she emphasized that the clerk’s office did not keep track of the cemeteries and that the Association was in charge.  She felt that the man in charge of the Association was very knowledgeable.  She also suggested that if they were Catholic to call the individual cemeteries. 

I asked about divorce and was told it was not recorded back then. 

It was a fun experience and everyone was very helpful.  I headed to the probate office to see if there was any court documents that might reveal anything such as apprenticeships or guardianships.  The probate clerk was on the phone and when she was free I asked my question and she had no idea about these topics I had listed.  She informed me that all the older probate records were at the Connecticut State Library and she was joined by another clerk who verified her comments.  Deeds were still at the town halls.  I doubt the Barclay’s had land? 

No further clues to the Barclay’s were found but at least I had eliminated this source and learned where to look next. 

Enfield Town Hall:

I decided to drive through Hazardville on my way to the East Windsor Town Hall by traveling along Hwy. 190 and turn left on Hwy 191 the Broadbrook Road.  I missed my turn and ended up on South Street which made its way back to Hazard Ave at an angle.  As I came up to Hazard Ave I spotted the Hazardville Cemetery and it was huge, several acres in size.

Hazardville Cemetery, Hazardville, CT

As I drove along Hazard Ave into the town center I spotted the Old Hazardville Cemetery.  It is about the size of half a city block.  It has a wrought iron fence with a gate around it. 

Old Hazardville Cemetery

Google book has a preview of the book:  Enfield Connecticut:  Stories Carved in Stone, by Bob Clark. Flicker has photos but no identification of the tombstones.  The Hale Collection has some of the cemeteries in Connecticut listed but not all:
The Enfield Public Library on 104 Middle Road has a small genealogical collection that you can check out.  You will need to talk with the Reference Librarian to access it.  Since I visited them the last time they have added a genealogy links section on their website:

My 2nd goal was to visit the East Windsor Town Hall and see if the vital records had any Barclay names.  The East Windsor Town Hall is in Broad Brook across from the school.  I remembered driving to this area the last time I visited because I wanted to see the location of Alexander Barclay, George’s brother and approximately were he was living.  Hopefully I would get an idea about how two teenage boys could have found each other separated as they were.  George was living in Enfield with his family the Williams and Alexander was with another family, the Barbers, in East Windsor.  How they found each other and headed west to their father (1856-7) in Minnesota would be a very interesting story? 

The East Windsor Town Hall was built about 1962 so it was not a big fancy stately building like Enfield’s.

East Windsor Town Hall in Broadbrook, CT

East Windsor Town Hall 
I apologize that my photo is so dark.  You can click on it and save it to your Pictures and then photo alter it.  I am okay with that. 

I found the town clerk and she took me past another vault door into a room and pulled out an old index book of vital records.  I happily studied the births, marriages and deaths but found no Barclay’s in any of it’s various spelling forms.  This process took about 5 minutes and I was out the door. 

I asked a different clerk about the East Windsor Cemetery Association and that I had not been able to get anyone to return my calls.  I thought the office was just north of them but she said that the man was not in East Windsor but in Enfield and she gave me new information.  I have not yet checked out This information so I am not going to put it here till I do.  I doubt that he will have any Barclay names for me but you never know.  Apparently what is on the town hall website or the Internet is not current.

Last time I did not find the East Windsor Historical Society building so this time I was determined and low and behold there it was after I wandered around a little.  It was actually not far from the white church, East Windsor Town sign and the area I had visited when I came there before.  It was west of it.  Apparently I had not taken the right road. 

Unfortunately they are open on Saturday and I would be in Springfield. 

East Windsor Historical Society is on Hwy 191 or Scantic Road.  I might write them a letter to see if they have anything?

I returned the way I came to East Windsor and Broad Brook because I wanted to investigate the Hazardville and Old Hazardville Cemeteries.  The road takes you by tobacco farms.  You see the posts with the netting rolled up. 

I found both cemeteries with a little driving around to find a place to enter and park.  The Old Hazardville has no parking at all so you will have to figure out where to go.  I parked in the donut restaurant parking lot to the east but some business don’t like that behavior.  I refer you to the pictures above.

As I recalled, there was a shopping area on Hazard Ave near the freeway that had Office Depot, Barnes & Noble and more.  I found it and tired the B&N for a topo map of Massachusetts.  No luck!  Even Office Depot didn’t have one either. 

There was an Olive Garden at the end of the shopping center and that sounded good for dinner even though it was only 4 pm.  I was hungry and needed to take a break. 

Apparently liquor and wine stores in Connecticut go under the name of “Package” store?  I was headed to Massachusetts and will have to figure out their liquor laws.  On line it was very confusing.  At the Geissler in Windsor the beer was covered with a curtain on Sunday.  I would not mention this but at a restaurant a glass of wine is usually $8 or above and I can get a bottle of wine for that price. 

I was beginning to get myself oriented and into the “swing of things.”  So far they are not on my bumper too much. 

Notes:  The Barclay family married into the Spracklins and the great grandmother of Amarilla Spracklin Barclay was Lydia Goss, daughter of Solomon and Olive Goss and granddaugther of Philip and Mary Kendall Goss of Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.