Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Unbroken Chain of Gravestones

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you 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 Woodside 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 (1607-1687) in Vine Lake Cemetery (Medifeld, Mass.).  The last two generations of the line are on Find-A-Grave without gravestone 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)  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.

9)  My seventh great-grandfather, Samuel Smith (1641-1691)  in Vine Lake Cemetery (Medfield, Mass.) on Find A Grave (no photo)

10)  My 8th great-grandfather, Henry Smith (1607-1687) in Vine Lake Cemetery (Medfield, Mass.) on Find A Grave (no photo)

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


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Wow, Randy, that's a great string of tombstones. I managed to find four.

Cheri Hudson Passey said...

I have 5!

Janice M. Sellers said...

I have a measly three, and that's by skipping one generation:

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

I was traveling this weekend. So I am very late. Here is mine.

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Randy I think it is amazing that you have photos of stones back into the 1700s. The early 1800s get hard to find for me.

Matthew Miller said...

My ancestors are all much more recent immigrants. The earliest immigrant ancestor of mine arrived in 1835. My longest unbroken chain of headstones only amounts to five.

Nancy Ward Remling said...

Well, I'm about a week behind, but here is my post:

My longest line is five generations, but I can get another line that is four generations in just one cemetery!

Unknown said...

Better late than never! I can get to 2 sets of 5x-great-grandparents.

Luanne said...

I saw this on another blog and followed the path here. What a great idea!