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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Surname Saturday - BISHOP and Cemeteries and More #3
The small book, Memoir of Miss Eliza Bishop (listed in WorldCat.org) was published after her death. I grabbed the little leather bound book after my grandfather's death, and was always interested in this young woman. Not until I got into genealogy did I try to place her in the family, visited her grave and donated my book (see photo) to the Westfield Library, in Westfield, Massachusetts. Her parents and other family members are buried in Connecticut, see I Did Everything Right, but Couldn't Take a Photo!
Eliza's name appears in the below books and a pamphlet:
1. Tombstone Inscriptions of the Older Cemeteries of Westfield, Massachusetts (Mass. DAR, 1946) (Inscription given.)
2. A List of Gravestones in the Mechanic Street Cemetery, Westfield, Massachusetts (Westfield Athenaeum, 1939) (Inscription given.)
3. Mechanic Street Cemetery, Alphabetical List by Family (Walter Ayers, Dir. of Parks, 1995) A detailed map with block number by all names, made it easy to find the monument.
4. Bridgman, Thomas, transcribed by, Inscriptions of the Grave Stones in the Grave Yards of Northampton, and of Other Towns in the Valley ...., (Northampton, Mass., Pub. by Hopkins, Bridgman & Co. : 1850). Pg. 152. (Inscription given.)
There is no doubt that she is buried there. Eliza was my first cousin, 4 times removed. And no, I don't have a photo. My husband remembers I ran out of film.
Many books have been published just with cemetery information, not just the names, and Lot number, but dates and inscriptions. Examples of some books I've used are below. And some don't even have the word "cemetery" in the title So if you do a google search, also try a variant of that word, like Burial, Inscriptions and Tombstones.
Whitcomb, Esther K., Inscriptions from Burial Grounds of the Nashaway Towns: Lancaster, Harvard, (+6 more towns), (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1989).
Dunkle, Robert J., and Ann S. Lainhart, Inscriptions and Records of The Old Cemeteries of Boston, (NEHGS, Boston: 2000).
Derby, Perly, Inscriptions from the Charter Street Burial Ground, Salem, MA, (Essex Institute of Historical Collections, Vol. 13, 1877).
District of Columbia Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, Inscriptions from Tombstones in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
N.S.D.A.R., Cemetery Records and Tombstone Inscriptions, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan, (1959).