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.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Erastus Cross and two cemetery markers

 Erastus Cross was murdered and his name is on two different cemetery stones. Is that unusual, perhaps not, but to be in two countries, the United States and Canada, perhaps so.

One cemetery is in Enosburgh Falls, Vermont, see Find A Grave.  (I don't have permission to post the photo here.)

The second is at Pigeon Hill Cemetery in St. Armand, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada.  I don't know the distance between the two, went to the Pigeon Hill Cemetery in August 1999, and was rather surprisesd to see Erastus's name on the Cross monument.

From newspaper issue of June 21, 1856, Free Press, Burlington,Vt.  "DEATH BY VIOLENCE -- a dispatch from Swanton informs us that Erastus Cross, was killed in Franklin, VT. Monday, by a Frenchman, who struck him with a club, killing him instantly."

Both cemeteries are near the border of Canada and Vermont, but I don't know the distance.
Erastus Cross was my fourth great-granduncle.