My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Monday, March 24, 2014

"Mourning Victory" for the Melvin Brothers in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA, Tombstone Tuesday


"Daniel Chester French was approached in 1897 to create a memorial monument for Asa, John and Samuel Melvin, three brothers who died in the Civil War. Their surviving brother, James C. Melvin, commissioned the memorial." The above statement and more about the memorial may be seen HERE.

Yesterday, my blog post had a photo of the Civil War Memorial in Concord, and I listed all the names on it. As I typed the four deceased men with the Melvin name, I suddenly remembered taking photos of the Melvin Memorial at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. My purpose for the cemetery trip was to find the burial place of Daniel Chester French. That post may be seen HERE*, and in addition, I knew that Mr. French also built this memorial. It was pure luck that I was able to park right in front of the above memorial.

Since I didn't go beyond the chained off area, I copied what was written from the above article.

"IN MEMORY OF THREE BROTHERS BORN IN CONCORD
WHO AS PRIVATE SOLDIERS GAVE THEIR 

LIVES IN THE WAR TO SAVE THE COUNTRY
THIS MEMORIAL IS PLACED HERE BY THEIR SURVIVING
BROTHER, HIMSELF A PRIVATE SOLDIER IN THE SAME WAR.
'I WITH UNCOVERED HEAD
SALUTE THE SACRED DEAD
WHO WENT AND WHO RETURN NOT.'"

* One of my top 10 favorite posts.

Recently, fellow blogger, Janice Webster Brown informed me that she had written a blog post several years ago, called, "Exeter, New Hampshire Sculptor: Daniel Chester French (1850-1931)." In her New Hampshire's History Blog, aka Cow Hampshire, she included quite a bit of information, including his lineage and sources. Thanks Janice for telling me this.

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