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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, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Surprise! A Name on a Harpswell, Maine War Memorial is Related to my Husband and I

 
Transcribing a memorial can provide a surprise.

In June, 2015 my husband and I went to Harpswell, Maine. I have been there several times before, but this visit was prompted by my seeing a great photos blogger, Pam Carter took of lilacs, a cattle pound and the old cemetery. I had to see them too. She didn't post a war memorial, so when I went with my husband to Harpswell, I automatically took pictures of the memorial for Heather Rojo's Honor Roll Project. While transcribing yesterday, I recognized a name, that of Elwood J. Campbell. He was my husband's uncle, and of course, me! Elwood passed away in 1969, as his wife a few years ago. I never met Elwood, but I know his two sons, who are still living. We always visit the cemetery where they were buried, the last trip was three weeks ago.

One of my future projects will be to research Elwood, and add more information about him to my tree. His military service was a surprise to my husband, and I immediately felt a connection because of Eldon's service. You never know whose names are on the memorials, unless you read them. A huge surprise might come your way.
THIS TABLET IS PLACED HERE
TO HONOR CITIZENS OF
HARPSWELL NECK
WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II

*ERNEST A. WILSON

ALEXANDER, WILLIAM T.
HACKETT, DAVID H.
ALLEN, DELMA B.
HAMILTON, CLINTON M.
ALLEN, DEWIGHT L.
HAMILTON, ELLIS W.
ALLEN, WILLIS R.
HAMILTON, ISAAC E.
BAILEY, RAYMOND L. JR.
JOHNSON, ERWIN M.
BARNES, ESTHER M.
KING, JAMES S.
BIBBER, CHESTER A.
KNIGHT, WILLIAM R.
BIBBER, CHARLES A. JR.
LeMAY, J. EDWARD
BIBBER, ELROY C.
LeMAY, LOUIS L.
BIBBER, HERBERT W.
LUBEE, AUSTIN E.
BIBBER, RAYMOND L.
MARDEN, HAROLD D.
BIBBER, WALTER R.
McMANUS, DANIEL A.
BIBBER, WILBUR C.
MOODY, ERNEST E.
BONNEY, ALFRED E. III
MOODY, GEORGE F.
BUKER, CHARLES F. JR.
NEIL, LOUIS
BUSSELL, ALFRED V. JR.
NORRIS, HAROLD G.
CAMPBELL, ELWOOD J.
NORTON, ANDREW A.
CHIPMAN, IRVING F.
*  NORTON, CHARLES E.
CHIPMAN, LEE E.
NORTON, WALTER M.
CROOKER, HOWARD B.
NORTON, WARREN V.
CROOKER, WILLIAM F.
PALMER, ARTHUR R.
DION, CAMILLE L.
PEABODY, FRANK W.
DOWNS, THOMAS L. JR.
PIERCE, MERLE R.
DUNNING, CLEMENT S.
PIERCE, PHILIP T. JR.
DUNNING, JOHN A.
PULSIFER, DONALD C.
ESTES, ZANE H.
PULSIFER, MAHLON E.
FARR, BEVERLY W.
PULSIFER, PAUL H.
FARR, EDWARD C.
RICKER, EDMUNT JR. JR.
GRAVES, FRED C. JR.
RICKER, ROBERT S.
WALTON, ERNEST G.

The war memorial was in front of the
Old Harpswell Common Burying Ground.

List of people buried there Surname A-L

List of people buried there Surname M-Z
 Congregational Church to the back left.
Cattle Pound 1793 (located nearby, across the street)
This Society seems to be very active. If you already have a web page for yours or are interested in setting one up, you should look at their link.
Very pretty area with lobster traps and horses.

2 comments:

nattrnuz said...

I enjoyed your pictures and comments. I, too, am descended from Harpswell natives Orr, Alexander and Reed (Reid, Read). I have my Orr line pretty well straightened out, but lack info on those who married into them.

Barbara Poole said...

Hi, thank you for your comment and compliment. I bet a lot of your family is buried in the old cemetery on Orr's Island. Did you happen to see my previous post about the Orr's Island Library? If no, here is the link. http://lifefromtheroots.blogspot.com/2015/11/orrs-island-library-harpswell-maine.html

Very nice to meet you.
Barbara