Friday, August 10, 2007

Photo Hunters: Rows of Graves

Dixville Notch, New Hampshire

Here lies buried the first and only settlers of Dixville until 1865, John Whittemore and his wife Betsey. Dixville had been granted to Colonel Timothy Dix in 1805 on the condition that thirty settlers be established here within five years. Colonel Dix died in the War of 1812. The town was taken over by Daniel Webster, a sponsor of Colonel Dix.

After the Whittemore's (sic) arrived in 1812 they endured extreme privations for three years. A road through the notch was opened, but not broken out in the winter, causing them to be isolated. In December, 1815 Betsey died. Her husband was obliged to keep her body frozen all winter before he could bury it. Following her death John moved to Colebrook where he lived until his death in 1846. He was laid to rest here by his wife's side.

New Hampshire State Parks
The other graves were not identified.

BETSEY, Wife of JOHN WHITTEMORE, DIED Dec. 15, 1815. AE. 36 y's.7m's.21 dys.

JOHN WHITTEMORE. DIED Jan. 19, 1846. AE. 69 y's. 10m's. 17 dys.

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45 comments:

  1. Very neat photos for the hunt meeyauw. The photo of the grave is wonderful

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  2. Very interesting! Thanks for the history lesson. :) Nice selection of photos for this week's theme. :)

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  3. Interesting subject for this week's theme. Great photos!

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  4. Nice pics and A very interesting post. Thanks! Happy weekend

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  5. Thanks for sharing a bit of history here. I've downloaded Google Earth a few months back and for a time, we were all 'crazy' finding landmarks and homes of our friends and relatives. :D

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  6. What a story. Poor John, he must have been very sad that he could not bury Betsey until after the winter.

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  7. Very informative. thanks for sharing. beautiful photos! :)

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  8. I thought about showcasing graves, too. We have a civil war cemetery close by that would have been perfect. It's so sad to see all of those unmarked graves.

    Thanks for telling the story behind this picture - it really brings the whole thing to "life." *grin*

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Fascinating! And a terrific entry for the theme .. :)

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  10. That's so very interesting, a little history but a human story too. I hadn't thought of graves, though goodness knows we have plenty around. It's a wonderful choice.

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  11. very interesting! i love old cemeteries...

    smiles, bee

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  12. great idea and a history lesson to boot! thanks for sharing!!

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  13. "Her husband was obliged to keep her body frozen all winter before he could bury it."

    How hellish this sounds! Poor John Whittemore! :(

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  14. I learnt something new and interesting today. Thanks for the history lesson.

    Happy Weekend!

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  15. Wow, very interesting! It certainly does look like an inhospitable and remote are in the winter. Old graves are so fascinating, and I find graveyards to be very peaceful places to visit.

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  16. Good photos supported by a great story. My "compadre" is visiting from Douglas, Az. and we started talking about Toombstone and then I opened your blog and see graves, that was sort of a coincidence.

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  17. great interpretation of this week's theme! happy photo hunting!

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  18. Thanks for the great history lesson. I love old cemeteries and it is great to have the story along with this one.

    Have a great weekend.

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  19. Love history and loved your pics :)

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  20. A really interesting post....with great photos :o)

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  21. Very interesting pictures and information.

    Have a great weekend!

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  22. I love to visit old grave sites! what a great idea

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  23. Great picture..I'm some what a history buff and I had some of my past of long ago family lived in New Hampshire.
    One quick question is the grave east and west.
    I heard all people buried in the united states are laying in east and west position.

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  24. I love old graves. Thanks for the history too.

    Good take on the theme.

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  25. That was an interesting history lesson. Are there any connection in relations? I love visiting old graveyards and often wondered about the history behind them. Great photos and have a happy weekend.

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  26. wow informative and a great take on this weeks theme :-)

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  27. Wow - she was quite young when she died. Maybe she was so lonely. The only settlers for some time. I don't think I would have survived this either.

    Thank you for sharing a little history and your excellent pictures for this week's hunt theme.

    Have a great Sunday...

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  28. always something new to learn -- btw the terry-cloth shower curtain does get heavy when wet -- didn't think of that before I bought it so have now had to go and buy plastic liner -- so in the end the shower curtain was no bargain but sure looks fine in my bathroom LOL

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  29. I'm not sure I wanted visit graves. But the texture on the grave looks interesting.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  30. Old cemeteries are so interesting. Great choice for this week's theme.

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  31. A very cool place to be laid to rest. I'm sure they were honored.
    Thanks for the visit.

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  32. How neat! I enjoyed learning and looking!

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  33. I learn some new and interesting information everytime I come to your blog. Thanks Meeyauw

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  34. That is a sad and lovely story (and I suspect not uncommon.) Loved the pics--thanks for sharing.

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  35. interesting photos, i like how you gave the history behind them. thanks for visiting my blog!

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  36. wow, those are really striking graves!! thanks for the write up too.

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  37. After I tore myself away from pig drawing (fun quiz!) I checked out your row picture. Very interesting take on the theme!

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  38. Great picture--great history. I long to travel and visit the north east states. Your pictures were beautiful.
    *smiles*
    Kim

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  39. Mysterious way of depicting row. Who would have thought of that. Nice I like it =)

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  40. What a terrific post & yet a tragic history.
    Thanks for visiting my site! :)

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  41. interesting piece to read as well.
    thanks for dropping by and have a good weekend.


    Pearl

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  42. Hi Meeyauw,
    Interesting post and nice shots to boot, i love old grave stones, they tell you so much.

    Cheers Mark

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  43. The most creative take on the theme "Row" I saw this week. Very cool! Have a great weekend!

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  44. wow, that's very informative.

    btw, thanks for visiting my very 1st Photohunt. :) appreciate it.

    have a great week ahead.

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