Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Longest Gravestone Line

Hey genea-taphophiles - it's Saturday Night again --
 time for more Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Determine what is your longest unbroken line of ancestral gravestones - how many generations can you go back in time?  Do you have photographs of them?

2)  Tell us and/or show us in a blog post of your own, or in a comment to this blog, or in a Facebook status or a Google+ stream post.

Here's mine:  

1.  My father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (San Diego, Calif.):

2.  My grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in Evergreen Cemetery (Leominster, Mass.):

3)  My great-grandfather, Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in Evergreen Cemetery (Leominster, Mass.):

4)  My second-great-grandfather, Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in Evergreen Cemetery (Leominster, Mass.):

5)  My third-great-grandfather, Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) in Whitmanville Cemetery (Westminster, Mass.):

6)  My fourth-great-grandfather, Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) in Whitmanville Cemetery (Westminster, Mass.):

7)  My fifth-great-grandfather, Norman Seaver (1734-1787) in Woodside Cemetery (Westminster, Mass.):

8)  I think that my sixth-great-grandfather, Robert Seaver (1702-1752) is buried in Westminster, Mass., but I don't know where.  

So - I have pictures of 7 known gravestones in my Seaver patrilineal line.  

I have more generations of gravestones in the Seaver/Smith line - back to Henry Smith (1680-1743) in Vine Lake Cemetery (Medifeld, Mass.).  The last two generations of the line are on Find-A-Grave in pictures:  

1) to 3) as above.

4)  Lucretia T. (Smith) Seaver (1828-1884) - seen in 4) Isaac Seaver above. 

5)  My third-great-grandfather, Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840) in Vine Lake Cemetery (Medfield, Mass.):

6)  My fourth-great-grandfather, Aaron Smith (1765-1841) in Vine Lake Cemetery (Medfield, Mass.):

7)  My fifth-great-grandfather, Moses Smith (1732-1806) in Plains Cemetery (Walpole, Mass.) on Find-A-Grave.

8)  My sixth great-grandfather, Henry Smith (1680-1743) in Vine Lake Cemetery (Medfield, Mass.) on Find-A-Grave.

So  I can account for 8 generations of gravestones in photographs in this Seaver/Smith line.

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Terri O'Connell said...

This was a great project Randy! I have mine up at

Missy/Bayside Research said...

Great idea for October, Randy! Here's mine:

Liz said...

Thanks, Randy! Here's mine:

Mel said...

I wasn't able to get very far. Here's my results:

Sara Greenleaf said...

Here's mine - a little late: - took me longer than I planned!

Terry and Linda said...

Cool...I can only go back to my great grandfather.


amongmybranches said...

This was an interesting challenge. Here is mine:

J. Paul Hawthorne said...

I can go back to my 3rd. great grandfather (Rev. Kedar Hawthorne 1797-1877). I'm working on my 4th.

P.S. I like how you use the old abbreviations for the states.

Family Historian said...

I just took this challege -- I had to put a little bit of different flare to it to make it work. I enjoyed this one - great task!