Banner photograph of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Bath, North Carolina - Taken by Judith Richards Shubert October 2008

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
- Thornton Wilder

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Broken Stones in Old Part of New Sharon Cemetery

New Sharon United Methodist Church

Site of First New Sharon Methodist Church
1856 - 1908
(Sharon Meeting House 1768 - 1856
Stood Two Miles Northeast of This Site)

In the oldest part of New Sharon Church Cemetery there are five stones that are currently broken and in danger of being further damaged and pose a threat to those walking about. 
The stones are hard to read, worn with age and damaged by wind and weather. No one remembers who the families were; the names are unfamiliar. They were researched on the Orange County Census Records and Find-a-Grave websites and a few clues have been found so that a written record can be placed in the Church Cemetery record, but the people so lovingly placed there so many, many years ago by a family who mourned and missed them for weeks and months and years, were not remembered by this generation at New Sharon. With love, a Christian love, the New Sharon Cemetery Committee is having new memorial grave markers put in place for these ancestors, bridging the land of the living and the land of the dead ~ with love.
There are three Whitaker Infants

Even though the Grave Markers are difficult to read and one no longer has the date on it, after researching the Whitaker family on Find-a-Grave and looking at New Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery interments, I found the dates given on their mother's page submitted by 4losthistory (88):

Infant Dau. of W. C. & Minnie
Born & Died
May 12, 1917
"Asleep in Jesus"

Infant Dau. of W. C. & Minnie

 Infant Son of W. C. & Minnie
Born & Died
Feb. 16, 1922
"Asleep in Jesus"

And then there is Luchy ~

 Luchy H. James
wife of
W. W. James
Dec. 21, 1855
Oct. 26, 1905


Tinie S.
wife of
Geo. T. Walker
Born Nov. 18, 1879
Died Dec. 13, 1900

  • New Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery, Digital Format, Original photographs taken and belonging to Judith Richards Shubert, Copyright 2015.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Memorial Day 2005 - Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield
In the cold, early morning of the last day of 1862, a battle erupted between two American armies totaling more than 80,000 men. The small town of Murfeeesboro, Tennessee was about to become a major battlefield.
The Battle of Stones River was one of the bloodiest of the war. More than 3,000 men lay dead on the field. Nearly 16,000 more were wounded. Some of these men spent as much as seven agonizing days on the battlefield before help could reach them. The two armies sustained nearly 24,000 casualties, which was almost one-third of the 81,000 men engaged.
Today, more than 6,100 Union soldiers are buried in Stones River National Cemetery. Of these, 2,562 are unknown. Nearly 1,000 veterans, and some family members, who served in the century since the Civil War are also interred there.

About 2,000 Confederates are buried in the Confederate Circle at Evergreen Cemetery. This plot is their third resting place. They were buried on the battlefield by Union soldiers after the battle, and were moved to their own cemetery later. When the first Confederate cemetery fell into disrepair in 1867, the bodies were moved to Evergreen Cemetery.

On Memorial Day, 2005, some of my family members visited the Stones River Battlefield where we listened to a Park Ranger tell of the battle that raged on that site more than one hundred years earlier. My grandsons, young as they were, listened with awe and asked questions of us as we walked through the cemetery later. They remembered the ranger telling about the German soldier named Christian Nix that fell on the first day of battle. Stones River National Battlefield’s museum and archives collections hold many artifacts and documents detailing the life of Lieutenant Christian Nix of the Twenty-fourth Wisconsin Infantry. The boys were anxious to look for his tombstone. A carved wooden board once marked his original burial place and a marker of stone now displays his name and company. That Labor Day there were flags marking all of the graves.

Tombstone of Lieutenant Christian Nix
24th Wisconsin Infantry




  • Stones River National Battlefield and Cemetery, Digital Format, Original photographs taken and belonging to Judith Richards Shubert, Labor Day, 2006.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Robinsons in Vermont

Robinson Monument in Lakeview Cemetery Burlington Vermont 2005Robinson
Lakeview Cemetery
Burlington, Vermont


Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont.

Tombstone, Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont. Digital Photograph, 2005. Privately held by Judith Richards Shubert, Fort Worth, Texas.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

JOHN KENDRICK CONVERSE – Necrological Report


/nəˈkrɒl-ə-dʒi, nɛ-/ [nuh-krol-uh-jee, ne-]

- noun, plural -gies.

1. a list of persons who have died within a certain time.

2. a notice of death; obituary.

1720–30; necro-
+ -logy


Presented to the Alumni Association of Princeton Theological Seminary at its Annual Meeting,

APRIL 26, 1881.

This Report contains notices of fifty-four alumni who have died since the last Report was prepared. Of these, the oldest were the Rev. Aaron D. Lane, of Waterloo, N. Y., class of 1816-17, who died in his 84th year, and was, with one exception only, the oldest alumnus of the Seminary at the time of his death; the Rev. Nicholson Ross Morgan, of Eutaw, Ala., of the class of 1817-18, who died in the 92d year of his age; and the Rev. Henry Perkins, D. D., of Allentown, of the same class, who died in the 84th year of his age.

Of the 53 former students, one died at an age beyond 90; six beyond 80; thirty-two beyond 70; forty-two beyond 60; and forty-eight beyond 50. The very remarkable average age of the 53 is 69 ½ years.

Of this goodly company as a band it may be said that they were faithful servants of Christ and of His church, who, having finished their appointed work on earth, departed in the peace and hope of the gospel to enter, through grace, upon a heavenly reward. And looking back upon their lives and labors, now ended, they are a company upon whom, as a whole, this Seminary may look with complacency and pride.

William Edward Schenck,
William Henry Green,
Henry Clay Cameron,
Charles A. Aiken,
Committee on Necrology.


John Kendrick Converse, the youngest son of Joel and Elizabeth (Bixby) Converse, was born at Lyme, N. H., June 15, 1801. He was prepared for college at Thetford Academy (Vt.), under the instruction of the Rev. John Fitch. After spending three years, 1823-26, at Dartmouth College, N. H., he joined the Senior Class at Hampden Sidney College, Va., and was graduated there in 1827. He made his first public profession of religion by uniting with the Congregational Church of his native place, Lyme, N. H., in 1824, at the age of 23. After leaving college, he spent two years 1827-29, in Richmond, Va., associated with his elder brother, the Rev. Amasa Converse, as assistant editor of “The Southern Religious Telegraph,” and “The Literary and Evangelical Magazine.” He entered Princeton Seminary in September, 1829, and took a course of nearly three years, but left before graduation, having accepted a call to settle as pastor. He was licensed by the Windsor (Congregational) Association, at Hartford, Vt., May 28, 1831, and was ordained and installed, August 29, 1832, by an Ecclesiastical Council as pastor of the First Congregational Church in Burlington, Vt. This was his only pastoral charge. He labored here twelve and a half years, with great acceptance and success, until dismissed January 1, 1845, because of a partial failure of his voice. He was then elected Principal of the Burlington Seminary for Young Ladies, of which he retained the charge for twenty-five years, from January 1, 1845, to January 1, 1870, and educated about 2000 young ladies from twenty-six States of the Union and from Canada.

After recovering his voice, and while connected with the Burlington Seminary, Mr. Converse became the acting pastor of the Congregational Church in Colchester, an adjoining town, which he served five years, from January 1, 1850, to January 1, 1855. After this he was stated supply of the Winooski Congregational Church six years, from January 1, 1855, to January 1, 1861. In 1868 he was appointed by the American Colonization Society to be Agent of that Society for Northern New England, the duties of which position he performed with characteristic earnestness and large success. The burden of years and a chronic disease with which he had long struggled, compelled him, some years before his death, to desist from active labor. For several months he had been gradually sinking, bearing his sufferings with cheerful fortitude and Christian hope, until, on Sabbath morning, October 3, 1880, he peacefully entered into rest in the eightieth year of his age. His life was a long and useful one.

Mr. Converse married, May 21, 1834, Miss Sarah Allen, daughter of Hon. Heman Allen, of Burlington, Vt. She died April 14, 1873. He left four daughters and three sons.

John Kendrick Converse Monument



Dulles, Joseph Heatly, Alumni Association, Princeton Theological Seminary, “Necrological reports and annual proceedings of the Alumni Association of Princeton Theological Seminary,” (Online: Google Books digitized Dec 14, 2006) [originally published by Princeton Theological Seminary, A Committee of the Association, C. S. Robinson & Co., University Printers, 1891], page 38,, accessed 23 June, 2009.


Converse, John Kendrick Tombstone, Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont. Three Digital Photographs. 2009. Privately held by Judith Richards Shubert, Fort Worth, TX. 2001.

Graveyard Rabbits Carnival – July 2009 Edition


The “challenge” for the July 2009 edition of the GYR Carnival was obituaries. The “rules” were quite simple: Find a grave, then find the obituary, or vice versa. Post your finds to your blog and submit it to the carnival. You will be able to find the other submissions at The Graveyard Rabbit Association.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Arcand is my Tombstone Tuesday Family




1840 – 1916



1840 – 1913


1861 – 1938



1864 - 1937

Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont

Photograph taken by Judith Richards Shuberts © 2005

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