Louis Abbott lost his life as a volunteer fighting the Great Boston Fire of 1872. He was 20 years old. His wife, Nellie survived him by many years, joining him across the great divide in 1922. They are buried together in the South Church Cemetery, Andover, MA.
Native 4S camera, edited in snapseed, framed with BeGroovy, watermark by iWatermark. History lesson provided free.
Moving away from the oldest part of the cemetery we find larger constructions, including a few crypts.
Snapseed camera (seems similar to native 4S), snapseed editing, framing with befunky, iWatermark
Some of the very old headstones such as these small ones are some of the early ones. They’re so old the words have worn off them. Still, someone remembers. Someone knows they are veterans of some early war. In an area of such relative antiquity walking through the old cemeteries is like traveling back in time.
Whilst perigrinating among the headstones at the old cemetery behind one of the Revolutionary War period churches in Andover I happened upon a well-tended gravesite of a Mason/Shriner who was also a veteran. Along with the flag were lovely flowers – real and faux. The loveliest were the star-gazer lilies.
Taken with native iphone 4S camera, edited using a new (free) app called Be Funky Photo Editor. It is almost as good as snapseed. Has some things snapseed doesn’t. It is now my second favorite photo app.
The same photo after being put through Mobile Monet on the iPad.
I’ve not yet gotten even a small part of the old cemetery of the historic South Church in Andover, Massachusetts even walked though in its entirety . This marker is in a large, outlined plot and lists all the family members from the earliest death date through the latest death date. An interesting way to deal with such details in a limited space.
Clearly, someone knows who is buried under this very eroded slate headstone. But I don’t. I can’t quite make out the lettering even up close and in person. So to me, this is one of the unknowns who served our country with honor. Thank you for your service.
So I’m walking around the old cemetery night before the meeting – and the cemetery is getting kind of interesting. I see this monument and realize this is honoring the memory of some of the numerous New England Revolutionary War dead. Wow. I figure it is a new stone as it’s very readable, but it commemorates three fellas who got blown out of this world on June 17, 1778 in a powder mill explosion.
And here we have another member of the Ballard family – Hezekiah – who lived to age 85 in the year 1812 (I think – the last number is almost worn away). I wonder if the little town of Ballardvale is named after this family.