Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tombstone Tuesday - the Seaver/Hildreth Stone

The Seaver-Hildreth gravestone in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts is two-sided - one side is the Frank Seaver family side, and the other is the Edward Hildreth family side. These families lived in the same household at 149 Lancester Street in Leominster from 1874 until Sophia Hildreth died in 1923.

I took these pictures in May 2007 when I visited Leominster to mourn Geraldine (Seaver) Remley's passing. We stopped by each of the Seaver family stones in Evergreen Cemetery to reflect on the contributions of these ancestors to our lives.

On the east side of the stone are inscriptions for:

* Frank W. Seaver, 1853-1922.
* Hattie L. Seaver his wife 1858-1920
* Howard E. Seaver 1893-1900

On the west (Hildreth) side of the stone are inscriptions for:

* Edward Hildreth 1830-1899
* Sophia Hildreth his wife 1836-1923
* Clarence Hildreth 1874-1876

In the photo above, you can see one in-ground gravestone on the other side of the stone. There are two in-ground stones there - for Edward R. Seaver (1913-2004) and Janet R. Seaver (1913-2003). Edward R. Seaver was my father's brother, and Janet was Ed's wife.

Frank Walton and Harriet Louise (Hildreth) Seaver were my great-grandparents, parents of my grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942). and Edward and Sophia (Newton) Hildreth were my great-great-grandparents, parents of Hattie (Hildreth) Seaver.

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