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The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday -- Belden of Wethersfield, CT d. 1734, has two headstones

The two cemetery stone have a different spelling of the surname (Belden and Belding) and different age at death (73 and 74). Clearly, they are for the same person, and are side-by-side.
Here lyeth the Body
of Deacon Jonathan 
Belding who Deceased 
July y 6th 1734
In the 74th Year
of his Age
Queen Anne's War - 
Lt.
Jonathan Belden
Capt Robbin's Co.
Died July 6, 1734
AE. 73
The two stones are side-by-side.


Jonathan Belden was my 7th great-grandfather.
Ancient Burying Ground, 1637
Wethersfield, Connecticut

I purchased a booklet, The Stone and The Spirit  (A Walking Tour Guide to the Ancient Burying Ground in the Wethersfield Village Cemetery) from the Wethersfield Historical Society. Fortunately, for me, Jonathan's headstone was listed, with a partial photo and location.