Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dear Ancestor

"Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I’d exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you."

Monday, March 15, 2010

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Civil War Soldiers



Palmer:


Henry W. Palmer ( 1842-1916) was a member of the 49th regiment during the Civil war and a loyal member of the G.A.R. "He was always a marked man because of his soldierly bearing and strong and intelligent features. Perhaps more than any man in this vivinity he reminded us of the Puritan fathers." [12-1916 obituary].







Brooks:




The Brooks Stone; all males in the family, father and three sons, were killed in action during the Civil War.




Huxley Cemetery, Norfolk Road, Village of Southfield, Town of New Marlborough, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.