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, Wisconsin, 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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

President Lincoln Died in Pvt. Clark's Room...See Clark's Unusual Shaped Tombstone

President Abraham Lincoln died in a room that belonged to a Lowell, MA resident, Pvt. William Tilton Clark. When I discovered several years ago that Pvt. Clark was buried in Lowell, Massachusetts, I knew I had to locate his stone in the city I now live. Please read what was written on FindAGrave (below) for an interesting account, to see his photo and learn what Pvt. Clark took that belonged to President Lincoln. A link to a 2010 newspaper article, "Lincoln’s boots made journey to Lynn," gives the history about all the artifacts that Clark took and what happened to them in Lynn, MA. Very interesting article.

I have taken several hundred cemetery photos for this blog, and there still can be surprises when I go searching for stone, but this one was among the most difficult to find.

What steps did I take to locate it?

1. Checked FindAGrave. Yes, nice write up and photo of stone. However, it was taken in 2005, and the photo was rather clear, so I thought it would be a piece of cake to find.

2. Went to the Cemetery, and met with a cemetery employee who told me where the burial site was. This is a huge cemetery, you always should try to get directions first. Map and photos of the Lowell Cemetery.

3. Couldn't locate it, went another day with husband, who usually has good luck, and better eyes. But had to go back to the office for the exact location drawn on a map (the plot number was of no use to me without the map).

4. Found it! So what was the problem? The shape of the stone determined what it looked like from two side views. The picture below shows the full design, and the following two photos show a shot from each angle. Figure 2 is the angle taken in 2005 by the FindAGrave photographer.

Figure 1
See distance from the Chapel.

Figure 2.
Stone covered in shadows

William T. Clark
Died Apr. 4, 1888
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
(My image shows death date as April 1, so I looked up his death record, just to be sure it was the 4th.)

Figure 3
Another view, with family members listed.

Other views, still with shadows.

Below is the Peterson House at 453 Tenth Street, Washington, DC
My photo taken in 1975. Wish I had taken more of the photograph.