Thomas Nelson: First Generation America

Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson Immigrant First Generation America died on a return trip to England on Business.

The above grave Marker is his sixth child and third son, Thomas Nelson who died 5 Apr 1712 Rowley, Massachusetts.

Here is the First Generation, Thomas Nelson’s Family Tree.


Thomas Nelson b 27 Jun 1601 Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire, England; d 6 Aug 1648 in England on a return trip to the motherland; m (1) 27 Jan 1627 in All Saints Church, Yorkshire, England; daughter of Philip and Dorothy Hill Stapleton, she b 11 Aug 1608, d 27 Sept 1637 Pannall, Yorkshire, England; he m (2) 1642 Joan/Joane Dumer/Dummer in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts; A marriage contract was signed on 15 Dec 1641 by Thomas Nelson and Richard Dummer of Newbury, uncle to Joan; in steed of her father Thomas Dummer of Badgely, England

Children of Thomas Nelson and Dorothy Stapleton

1. Thomas b 26 Nov 1628 Cottinghan,Yorkshire,England; d 27 Nov 1628 Cottingham,Yorkshire,England

2. Katherine b 18 May 1630 Cottingham,Yorkshire,England; died young before 10 Nov 1637

3. Mary/Marca b 10 Apr 1632 Cottingham,Yorkshire,England; d 6 Aug 1636 Cottingham,Yorkshire,England

4. Dorothy b 19 Nov 1633 Cottingham,Yorkshire,England; d 13 Jan 1634 Cottingham,Yorkshire,England

5        Philip b 22 Jan 1634 Cottingham, Yorkshire, England; d 19 Aug 1691 Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts( See future post)

6. Thomas b 14 July 1636 Cottingham,Yorkshire,England; d 5 Apr 1712 Rowley,Essex,Massachusetts; m Ann Lambert

Children of Thomas Nelson and Joan Dummer

7. Mercy b 26 Dec 1643 Rowley, Essex,Massachusetts

8. Samuel b 1646 Rowley, Essex,Massachusetts

9. Mary b 1648 Rowley, Essex,Massachusetts; d unknown

One source mentions a son, John, who died young, no year of birth mentioned.

The year after his first wife’s death, Thomas set sail with the Ezekiel Rogers Company aboard the ship, “John of London.” They arrived in Boston Harbor and wintered there in 1638. They settled a piece of land between, Newbury and Ipswich, known now as Rowley,Massachusetts. Thomas is listed on the passengers list but no mention of his children, Thomas and Phillip. His sons were mentioned in the Rowley Massachusetts History of the Early Settlers as immigrating with their father.

Thomas was one of the wealthiest of men in the Roger’s Company. In the first allotment of land, he received thirty-six acres of upland in the Mill Field area of town. Twenty-six were for personal use and ten acres for the purpose of building a mill. He built the first grist mill and saw mill in town on Mill River. The grist mill, later known as “Glen Mills,” remained in operation until a fire in 1916.

Thomas was made a freeman on the 23 May, 1639. He was appointed by the court, in 1640, along with Edward Woodman and William Paine to view and settle the boundary between Hampton and Colchester (Salisbury) which was done. He was a court representative in 1641. Thomas, as chairman, along with three others was appointed by the town in 1643 to survey the town and register house lots to all inhabitants. The smallest amount of land of one and half acres went to those who did not pay for the land. Those who paid for land were proportioned in relationship to payment. Thomas received a six acre lot near Bay Road and the road to Newbury, not far from the common land section of town.

In regards to the date of marriage to his second wife, Joan Dummer, I found no marriage date. I did find mention of marriages as early as 1638 and 1642, but no documentation other than a marriage contract dated, 15 Dec 1641, found in the files of the Quarterly Court Records of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 11, 1658-1662, as mentioned above. The contract was sealed and delivered in the presence of Richard Saltonstall, Thomas Nelson, Ezekiel Rogers and William Wakefield.

A notation in Winthrop Journals, in 1643, states “our supplies from England failing much, men began to look about them, and fell to manufacture of cotton, whereof we had store from Barbados, and hemp and flax, wherein Rowley to their great commendation, exceeded all other towns.” It should be noted that John Pearson arrived in Rowley about 1643 and erected the first “fulling” mill in New England.

His will date 24 Dec 1645; “being by providence called to make a voyage to old England” with a codicil made in England 6 Aug 1648, proved 21 Oct 1649, mentions his wife Jane, “my mill, mill house, etc, in Rowley, also all that ground lately occupied by Joseph Wormell, eldest son Philip, son Thomas, youngest son Samuel born since will was made, daughter Mercy and any other child that my wife may have ( a daughter, Mary, was born in 1648.) Richard Bellingham and Uncle Richard Dummer were executors. Mr. Ezekiel Rogers and Mr. John Norton were overseers.

“The History of Rowley” sights the Essex Deeds, 4 Ips, 190, 5 Ips 148 and 5 Ips 484 in regards to Thomas’s widow Joan and younger children, being in Stoneham, County of South Hampton in the year 1654. “The Book of Grants” mentioned Mr. Thomas’s children being in England in the years 1661-1662. His daughter, Mercy married John Stroke of Rumsey,England. His son, Samuel died in England without issue before 1676.


“Town History of Rowley,Essex,Massachusetts” by Thomas Gage

 “Town History of Sutton,Merrimack,New Hampshire” Page 829 – 842

“The Family and Genealogical History of the first Families of New Hampshire” by Ezra Stearns, 1908 Volume 4

 “Town o fGoffstown History” by Henry M Nelson

 “History of Essex County Massachusetts with biographical sketches of many Pioneers and Prominent Man” Volume I Philadelphia JW Lewis & Co. 1888

 Descendants of Thomas Nelson

 A great online link for e-books–%20History&c=x

 Records of the Quarterly Courts ofEssex County,Massachusetts, Volume 11, 1658-1662 (Marriage Contract)

 Rowley Vital RecordsMassachusetts, Early Settlers of Rowley,Massachusetts

 Passenger list for the “John of London” Ship

 Winthrop’s Journals

 Essex Deeds, 4Ipswich, 190; 5 Ips 148; 5 Ips 484

 Plantagenet Ancestry: A study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Volume III, 2nd edition 2011, by Douglas Richardson, Kimball G Everingham, editor, page 275

 Early Settler’s of Rowley,Massachusetts, compiled by George Brainard Blogette, A.M. Revised. Edited and Published by Amos Everett Jewett, page 242-243, page 152-152


Cemetery Hunting

 One of my finds which I enjoyed reading the poem and inscription.I spent my weekend hunting local cemeteries for Find A Grave Requests. This is my first time looking for other people ancestors. I found out several important things:

 1. Taking photographs on sunny days cast a shadow on the memorial that can be districting;

2. Shaded areas with trees show shadows as well, that even my flash didn’t reduce;

3. I’m not as young as I once was; walking the cemeteries is exhausting;

4. It is important to find out more information before going to the cemetery to reduce your time walking around;

5. A trip to the town clerk prior to future adventures would be in order. This would help me find out the lot number and set up of the cemetery.  I did call the number listed for the cemetery and left a message. I never received a call back after 1 week;

6. I enjoyed looking at the inscriptions and type of markers.  However, this did take time away from the main purpose of the search, but did provide more history of others. I found potential ancestors leads to follow;

7. Many markers were damaged or unreadable;

8. I did remember to bring water for hydration. It also helped me read some of the words by using just a small amount to highlight them.

9. Research is research. You never know where or when a lead will appear.

My trip, which I thought would be easy in and out trip, turned into several hours after I found myself checking out other memorials with inscriptions or designs of interest.  I did get two family memorials, my main purpose for the trip. I didn’t find the third one. I walked the entire cemetery. I found two possible plots that could be the person I was searching for; but the name was not listed. There was a central marker with two names and information with four smaller markers surrounding it that read; mother, father, aunt and uncle.  No names of who they were. I looked for the spouse’s maiden name and didn’t find a memorial with that name. More research is needed. A trip to the town clerk, an e-mail to the requesting person for more information and another trip to the cemetery are in order.

My cemetery search, which turned into several hours, wasn’t due to just for the Find A Grave families; I decided to check out the local cemeteries for surnames that I had found in my own research. I found several new leads to follow. I will offer photographs of the memorials to the local Historical Society for their records.

While walking around the cemeteries, I met other people walking there. At the cemetery next to the firehouse, I found myself talking with two firemen. They had seen me walking around and were concerned I that I didn’t hydrate. They had brought me some water. I thanked them for their offer and showed them my water bottle. I also took the opportunity to ask them questions about the cemetery.  Sadly they didn’t know the family I was searching for.  At the town’s first cemetery I met a couple who were walking there beautiful golden retriever.  I asked if they had ancestral family buried there. They said no, but where checking on this one site that recently had activity. People were leaving items, lighting candles and doing things that they thought were satanic rituals. This caught my interest, so I followed them. I have photographs and will research the name and history.  In front of the grave marker I saw three candles that had been used, four sets of wrapped gold coins, and a necklace hanging from the top of the grave marker. Look for future post updates on my research.

The Chase for Family Finds

Family Snippets


Have you ever chased a balloon to find out where it comes down? I have. I get the same feeling when I chase, yes a play on words for our surname, after my ancestors. When you get that initial peek of the balloon or hear the “whoosh” before you even see it, is like taking that first bite of chocolate as a child. Wonder, excitement, savoring the beauty of the balloon in flight and the memory that last for a lifetime when it lands in your yard.  Wine and Cheese anyone?


I have been savoring the little tidbits of information I have found. I shared them with my family in e-mails called Family Snippets. I thought I’d share some of those Family Snippets with you. Some are funny, some are informative and some just make you think.  The Nelson Family has provided me with most of my little tidbits. Sometime the e-mails have comments, sometimes just the information. Enjoy!


A Grave Matter and Family Love

1712 AGED 77 YEARS

Who liv’d a saintLike harmLes Life
Lov’d ALL good books but no bad strife
Who dy’d a quiet easie death
& to christ resign’d his breath
So Liue my sons my christ o seek
& when you die Like christ be meek


Today’s family snippet is taking us to Georgetown, Mass. It may seem a little morbid, but I don’t want you to think that way. I found it interesting that the oldest gravestone in Union Cemetery is our ancestor. The inscription reads:

Here Lyes Burried

Ye Body of Hannah Nelson

Wife of Joseph Nelson

Who Dyed June 5th 1732 and in

Ye 48th year of her age

Granddaughter of Capt. Samuel

Brocklebank, who was slain by the

Indians at Sudbury, April 21, 1676,

and the first person burried in this place.

The page goes on to explain that the First Church (a Congregational church) in Georgetown was across from her grandfather’s house on the green. I list the fact that her husband had built the house and had spent his last days there. The church remained standing until Harriet Beecher Stowe’s brother, Rev Charles Beecher had it removed when he became resident of the Brocklebank house. It was still standing in 1932.

I find the inter mingling of names interesting; also, that religion play a part in decisions and conflicts through the ages.


“Mee Mee Mee” Is my pitch okay, the sing along with me


While researching the Nelson side of the family I found this song from the 1898 family reunion program. Enjoy.


Tune: “Battle Hymn of the Republic”


There’s something strong and mighty in a good old family name.

And the name of Nelson shineth high upon the scroll of fame.

For nearly every Nelson has pursued a lofty aim.

The Clan goes marching on!


          CHORUS: Glory to grand old family!

Glory to the name of Nelson!

“Every Nelson does his duty”

The Clan goes marching on!


William was the Governor of Old Dominion State.

Thomas signed the document that changed the nation’s fate.

Nelson at Trafalgar didn’t stop to meditate.

The Clan goes marching on!


The Nelsons fought at Yorktown, Gettysburg and Waterloo.

In every righteous cause our cousins fought as heroes do.

They died in eighteen ninety-eight and nineteen eighteen, too.

The Clans goes marching on!


Nelsons hail from England, Scotland and the Emerald Isle.

We love the world’s great movements they have all their fortunes cast.

And when they pledge their honor they are loyal to the last.

The Clan goes marching on!


The Nelson blood is mingled with royal bloods of old.

Each century our numbers have increased a hundred fold.

Of all the world’s great families our family is pure gold.

The Clan goes marching on!


We have our dukes and peasants, common folks and blue-bloods, too;

We greet each other with a smile and “Cousin, Howdy-do!”

This goes with all the Nelsons and it goes with me and you.

The Clan goes marching on!


Nelson sons are loyal-Nelson daughters true and sweet;

More noble sires and mothers you could never hope to meet.

The stories of their lives and deeds with pleasure we repeat.

The Clan goes marching on!


If you claim the blood of Nelson join the chorus of the Clan.

In our records and Reunions, all according to our plan;

The name to highest honors boost it every way you can.

The Clan goes marching on!


Marissa’s like to strut her Stuff; so check this out


(Marissa is five years old. She was told to go out in the snow and pick up her shovel, but not to forget her boots. She didn’t forget her boots, but she chose to go out with the boots, undies and shirt, nothing else. When asked why, she said I did what you told me.  Her Dad learned the importance of giving more detailed instructions next time. When they posted the picture on Facebook, I know what my next e-mail would be about.)


Today’s laugh is I found out that the brother to our ancestor was married to Lady Godiva, yes, of Lady Godiva fame.

So woman keep your clothes on and men remember why she disrobed.

Treat your special someone with respect

And the repeat of the incident won’t unfold.


We go from Strutting our stuff to haunting an island


Yesterday I sent you an e-mail about a ladies ride for a cause. Today I’m sending you the story about an ancestor that likes to haunt. (The Babb family married into the Nelson family)

There is a superstition among the islanders that Philip Babb, or some evil-minded descendant of his, haunts Appledore. No timid soul can be induced to walk alone after dark over a certain shingly beach on the island, called Babb Cove, at the top of that cove bearing Babb’s name–for it is there that his uneasy spirit is often seen.

He was a butcher on Hog Island, now known as Appledore, of the Isle of Shoals. His name was Philip Babb the father of our great-great-great grandmother, Elinor May Babb Nelson. He was a fisherman and butcher by trade, some say he was even into piracy, but there is no proof. Do you think he haunts to search for his buried treasure?

The early Babb family is buried in the valley of Appledore where houses stand, and where once a bowling alley stood and all of the balls rolled over the bones of all of the Babbs. Perhaps that is why Philip haunts. Since the last equinoctial gale blew the building down, quiet has returned to their earth, and perhaps he may now rest more peacefully without the din of the play arena.

He is supposed to have been so desperately wicked when alive that there is no rest for him in his grave. His dress is a coarse, striped butcher’s frock, with a leather belt, to which is attached a sheath containing a ghostly knife, sharp and glittering. It is his delight to brandish it in the face of terrified humanity.

I leave the haunting idea of why he walks the Isles at night to your general imagination.

What a family we have; Lady Godiva, a ghost, Indian scalper, war heroes and those who chose to leave their homeland to search for a place to bring their dreams to life. So if it be that my loved ones are villains or heroes they are honored for who they are and how they shaped our nation and our ancestors.

Happy ghost hunting.

“The Isles of Shoals in Lore and Legend” by Lyman V. Rutledge


Signers of the Declaration of Independence or Not


I noticed that two of the signers of the Declaration were Thomas Nelson and Samuel Chase. Both are names from our ancestry line, so I decided to do some research. Well, don’t get your hopes up. They are not our direct line.

The Tomas Chase is from the emigrant from Scotland in 1690 to Virginia. Samuel Chase is from Maryland. Although the Maryland Chase did have ties to New England it wasn’t from our line.

Both men had strong ties to abolishing the Stamp Act, which stated that all taxes would be paid from stamped paper. They barred the “stamped paper from being taken off the ships and forced merchants who were using stamped paper out of business. What a unique way to circumvent paying taxes to the “motherland”



The Salem Witch Trails Brothers Thomas and Philip Nelson involved


There is much to read on the website. It is well worth the time. It will make you think about the politics of the time. As much as things change, they remain the same. Scapegoats are in use everywhere, even through time.

…. The Wicoms were not the only prominent family of Rowley involved with the accusations against Margaret Scott. The Nelson family also played an active role in the trial. Thomas and Phillip Nelson were brothers; Sarah was Philip’s wife…

The depositions offered against Margaret Scott highlight the rumors about her reputation and the common beliefs that circulated about witches in early New England. Of the six depositions presented before the Salem Court on September 15th, four described the spectral image of Margaret Scott tormenting others. Some depositions given showed that many people suspected Scott was a witch long before 1692. The spectral evidence came from the depositions of young women who may have been influenced by their paranoia surrounding Indian hostilities, social pressures, and religious beliefs…

…Two Rowley residents, Phillip and Sarah Nelson, testified about conversations with Robert Shilleto. The Nelsons deposed that Shilleto believed himself a victim of Margaret Scott’s afflictions and “we have often heard him complaining of Margaret Scott for hurting of him, and often said that she was a witch.” The Nelsons also described how his affliction lasted for two or three years before Shilleto passed away in 1687 showing that Scott was suspected of being a witch long before the Salem Witch Hunt occurred.24

More evidence centering on maleficium came from Thomas Nelson, whose statement was also influenced by refusal guilt syndrome. Nelson testified that when Margaret Scott was “Earnest she was for me to bring her wood” and he refused to deliver it immediately one of his cows acted in a strange way and another died.28 Nelson’s deposition not only describes many classic characteristics of maleficium, but also includes information about his loss of cattle which was a symbol of status, common in many witchcraft accusations in New England. In attacking his livestock Thomas Nelson believed that Margaret Scott was a threat to his position among the other men in the town.29 In his deposition, Nelson testifies that after the death of his cows he “had hard thoughts of this woman.”30…

…The court case from 1679 is found in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Volume VII 169-70; Daniel Wicom is listed as deputy marshal in a court case found in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume IX (Essex Institute, 1975) 578. Biographical information on the Nelson Family from Blodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts 243-4; Philip Nelson is listed as a town recorder in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County. Volume III (Essex Institute, 1921) 267. The 1679 case in which Daniel Wicom sued Samuel Phillips for “reflecting and reproaching authority” can be found in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume VII: 184-6; The 1680 court case in which Wicom and Nelson disagree with John Person Jr. over land divisions in the town can be found in Dow, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Volume VII: 352. Information on Robert Shillito is provided by Bodgette and Jewett, Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts, 343; Thomas Nelson is listed as “one of ye Grand Inquest” proving he is a member of the jury in Gage, The History of Rowley, 174. This deposition, along with the others from Margaret Scott’s examination, comes from a reliable account of the proceedings by Thomas Gage, The History of Rowley (Boston, 1840) 175…

Harvard Graduate


Notes for Capt. Philip NELSON
r152 1654 graduate of Harvard.
Philip Nelson, son of Thomas and Dorothy Stapleton, was Justice of the Peace and a large landowner (said to have been 3,000 acres).
“His coffin says he died August 20, 1691, and tells a sad story about his delusion as to the power of working miracles.”

Apparently this gravestone comment relates to the following event described by John Langdon Sibley in “Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University, Vol. I, 1642-1658:”

“According to Gage, Nelson was also ‘the occasion of other difficulties in the church by pretending to cure a deaf and dumb boy in the imitation of our Saviour, by saying Epphatha. The ministers of the neighbouring churches were called together, and the boy was brought before them, to see whether he could speak or not. He was interrogated, but ‘there he stood,’ says the church records, ‘like a deaf and dumb boy as he was.”



Sometimes the link is all that matters.

If you like to read about history and royal lines here are a few great reads.


This is a well documented link of royal ancestry for Thomas Nelson.


A great link for the History of Rowley, its early families, and military service

Magna Carter Ancestry


Plantagenet Ancestry A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families

Happy Face

Nelson Family

Nelson Family Crest

Nelson Family


The Nelson name is of Scandinavian origin; derived from Nilson; meaning son of Nils. It is found in Scotland,I reland, and almost every county inEngland, especially along the coastline. In ancient times the seaboard was navigated and ravaged by the pirates of the Norsemen and Vikings.

 According the book “Descendants of Thomas Nelson” and the “History of Rowley, Massachusetts,” the Nelson’s of New Hampshire, Maine and northern Massachusetts are from the Thomas line. He arrived in 1638 with Reverend Ezekiel Rogers from Rowley, Yorkshire, England. They settled Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts. Roger’s company was composed of twenty families; the Nelson’s being one of the richest.

Here is my line of Ancestors

Thomas Nelson                          m (1) 1626/1627         Dorothy Stapleton

                                                           m (2)1638/ 1642       Joan/JoaneDumer/Dummer

Capt Philip Nelson                     m (1) 1657                    Sarah Jewett

                                                           m (2) 1666                   Elizabeth Lowell

Joseph Nelson                             m 1706                         Hannah Brocklebank

Jonathan Nelson                        m 1752                        Hannah Cheney

Philip Nelson (2)                        m 1778                        Hannah Quimby

William Nelson                           m 1820                        Patty/Polly Teel

Benjamin P Nelson                    m 1849                        Elinor/Eleanor Babb/Babbs

William F Nelson                       m 1894                        Clara Jane Chase

Lillian Mae Nelson                    m 1920                        Nathan Augustus Stearns

Lillian was my paternal grandmother.

Here a some of the sources that I will be using in my upcoming post. I will add any additional sources used with the post.

  1. “Town History of Rowley,Essex,Massachusetts”
  2. “Descendants of Thomas Nelson ofRowley,Massachusetts”
  3. “History ofGeorgetown,Essex,Massachusetts”
  4. “History ofEssexCountyMassachusetts”
  5. “History of the Town ofSutton,Merrimack,New Hampshire”
  6. “Genealogy and Family History of the State ofNew Hampshire”
  8. Research of D. G. Weymouth (links no longer available)
  9. Family papers and interviews
  10. Find A Grave Website

 Note: I have listed the different dates and spelling of names that I found in my research..

You Are A Stearns

Lake Masebesic – Auburn, New Hampshire


 I started this blog because I believe our legacy is worth preserving for current and future generations of Stearns. Maybe after reading these stories, you can see that you have some of the same qualities our ancestors had. That is because YOU are a Stearns, and there is a lot of history in your genes. Of everything you now know about them, I hope what stands out the most is that our family was the very essence of success. They treasured their family beyond riches or status in life, and everything they did was to make sure their children would have it better than they did. They faced a lot of adversity in early years, but changed the family forever because they simply said “no more” and refused to allow the same adversity to repeat itself for their children. And so the lives we all have today, and the lives of future Stearns, can in many ways be attributed to their hard work and the decisions they made many years ago. They are proof that no matter how good or bad you have it; you can always choose to make it better through hard work and a lot of love.

Another lesson that I hope stays with you is that because you have the Stearns gene in you, you were born with a burning desire in your soul to achieve. When things were becoming difficult or mundane, they just dug in deeper and kept thinking and working harder. If you do the same, you will succeed. 

There will be times in life when you feel you are going through the motions and not quite sure where you are headed. It is at those times it is important to reflect on where you came from to understand where it is you want to go. You come from a legacy of hard work, triumph over adversity, and the belief that the most important things in life are God and family. When you need a reminder, I hope you will read this book again and it will help you find your way.

And finally, in whatever brings you joy, may you always have

“One More Time….For the Good Times!”


Stearns Family Tree Nelson Stearns’ Branch


Isaac Stearns                      m 1622         Mary Barker


Isaac Stearns                      m 1660         Sarah Beers


John Stearns                      m 1699          Mercy Davis


Zachariah Stearns              m 1727          Sarah B Saniford


John Stearns                      m 1751          Rachel Codman


Nathan Stearns                  m 1795         Miriam Blaisdell


Nathan Sterns Jr.               m 1830          Polly Martin


Augustus Stearns               m 1850          Sarah H Emerson


Mason W Stearns              m 1877          Rachel Emma Fletcher


Nathan A Stearns              m 1920          Lillian M Nelson


 Nelson W Stearns             m 1953          Shirley B Pease

The Valley Cemetery 1793 Londonderry, New Hampshire

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Here is another poem from my new friend Pam.

 I added photographs from The Valley Cemetery in Londonderry New Hampshire. I think you will see that the poem fits the photographs

I went to the cemetery to get photographs of Pam’s ancestor. I found the Pinkerton section but not the Brewster section. I brought my daughter’s dog with me, which I have done in the past. She was happy until about half through the cemetery then she stopped suddenly and wouldn’t go any further. She would only leave pulling me out. I didn’t see or hear anything. Once we were out she was her old self and wanted to continue walking but would not re enter the cemetery. Strange, she had never done that before. I will make another trip after I’m done dog sitting.


Wandering among the stones I see
The stones so weathered and worn
‘Tis difficult to find the date
On which the babe was born

I stare at the stone and am struck with awe
At the life that I knew was gone
This was someone’s child, a babe so sweet
With loved ones to carry on

So I take a photo for all to see
For the family that remains
An everlasting memory of
A child of God’s domain

I brush the weeds back from the stone
And say a silent prayer
For the babes that had no chance to live
And for mothers everywhere

The dove calls out it’s mourning song
Among the stones so still
Echoes of the woes, through time
The choirs of despair

The stone will someday perish
The flowers will be gone
But a photo now remains of this
Their memory lives on!

And so my friend, don’t hesitate
To film the weathered stone
Those who live within your hearts
Are never truly gone

Sources updated

Here are some more sources that I have used. Please remember that there may by mistakes and incomplete information. I try to find more than one source to confirm a person. If a second source is not found I will post the persons information along with a note as to what I found or didn’t find. All sources are guidelines.

 Sources updated

 Van Wagenen, Avis Stearns “Genealogy and Memories of Isaac Stearns and his Descendants, Courier Printing, Syracuse, NY 1901

 Find a Grave

 Early Vital Records of Massachusetts from 1600 to 1850

 Children of John & Sarah (Mixer) Stearns

 Children of John and Mary (Lathrop) Stearns

 Book Sources:

Van Wagenen, Avis Stearns “Genealogy and Memories of Isaac Stearns and his Descendants, Courier Printing, Syracuse, NY 1901

Chapman, Jacob and Fitts, James H Lane Genealogies, Volume I John Templeton, The Newsletter Press, Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire 1891

Tombstone inscriptions and online cemetery links, Stearns Cemetery, Deerfield, Rockingham New Hampshire

Early Vital Records of Massachusetts from 1600 to 1850

Epson, Merrimack, New Hampshire