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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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Sometimes you Need to Make a Second Trip to a Cemetery, Thanks to the Sun!

Rowley Burial Ground, Main Street
Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusetts

The above photo was taken on my first visit to the Cemetery, which was in combination with my Library visit in October 2018. The parking lot is for the Town Hall, Library, and Cemetery, which makes it very convenient to visit all places, especially for a researcher. I had no idea the cemetery was as large as the google map below indicates. Wow, I felt I needed directions to get to where my Kilborn was buried, so I was pretty glad to discover that the Town Clerk has plenty of records. I love that this is a flat cemetery, made for easy walking. The red arrow points to the Rowley Library. My post yesterday was about my visit to the Town Clerk's office.

Main Street, Rowley, MA
1630     1930
The Burial Ground set apart
at the settlement of the
town of Rowley in 1630. Here
are buried Ezekiel Rogers,
Samuel Phillips, Samuel
Shepard, Edward Payson and
Jedediah Jewett. The earliest
ministers of the town, and
nearly all the original settlers.
Massachusetts Bay Colony  Tercentenary Commission

On this trip, we knew where the stones were and hoped we could see them. Here is the before and after for Joseph Kilborn.
On our first visit (May 2019), we could see the flat stone for Joseph Kilborn but it was impossible to read. So, we returned to the Cemetery on August 10, 2019, and the sun was in our favor, even though it was hard to read.

Joseph Kilborn
Dorothy Kilborn
It really helped to have this listing so we could see a few words written in the stone.
The two above stones are above and below. At least I have some landmarks to find them again.

On the second visit, I had a listing from the city clerk and this google map. I had no idea the cemetery was this large.

If you want to follow this line, I'm sharing a part of my database on RootsMagic.

The All caps are my direct lines for Mary and John only.

The Joseph Kilborn below was who I was looking for.