Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cemetery Work

No work on Port Tobacco today...Laurie, Scott and I worked on delineating and mapping a cemetery in a neighboring county today. Interesting work commissioned by the church as they attempt to get a handle on how full their church yard is and where they might inter people in the future.

It may surprise many of our readers, but the vast majority of cemeteries have no maps or records of where people are buried. Those that do often have incomplete records attributable to the tenure of a particularly conscientious sexton.

Modern public cemeteries, of course, tend to have much better records. They are, after all, in the business of selling plots and perpetual care. Even so, burials often are disturbed by excavations for new ones. Hopefully our work will help this one church better administer its cemetery; not so much because of money issues, but to avoid dissension that can occur in a congregation as communicants vie for a scarce resource: a place in"God's Little Acre" in which family and friends have been buried for generations.

Jim

1 comment:

Carlton said...

Good morning. My name is Carlton LeJeune and I found your site while doing genealogical research on my family. During the great Acadian Deportation from Nova Scotia/Acadie Jean Babtiste, his wife Marguerite,and their children were living in Port Tobacco Maryland. They both died and were buried at Port Tobacco. They gave birth to 2 additional children, Joseph and Nanette, while living there between 1752 and 1755. We are trying to find any information as to their burial site or where they lived in Port Tobacco. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Carlton J. LeJeune PS I can be reached at lejeune@mchsi.com Thank you