Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Seavey-Richardson Families at Sandy Creek

Sandy Creek Cemetery, on a hill beside Willett Brook, is located on the present Pinook Road, facing the road to South Bridgton.  According to the published history of Bridgton,* "most of those living in this area when Sandy Creek was a thriving industrial village are buried here.  All the stones were removed at one time and the entire cemetery regraded and the stones replaced, presumably near to their original locations."  In 1843, Jonathan Seavey was one of the committee members tasked to "lot the grounds."  He and Harriet are my Great-Great Grandparents.

This cemetery has no sign or fence.  I only remembered where it was from exploring with Dad several years ago.  It was a beautiful October day when I ventured up Rt. 302 to take these pictures.   There are child graves from all 3 unions. 

A little time-line here:

  • 1824 Jonathan Seavey and Mary G. Blake wed.  They had 7-12 children, including a child born in Jefferson, NH and adopted (lists vary).

  • 1838 Eben Richardson and Harriet Cross Libby  wed.  They had 2 children.

  • 1844 Eben Richardson died at age 29.  He and Harriet were only married 6 years.

  • 1845 Mary Blake died at age 37, and Jonathan Seavey married Harriet C. Libby.  They had 7 children, and Jonathan adopted the two Richardson daughters.

"The widow of Eben Richardson married a widower Jonathan Seavey, 19 years her senior, and outlived him 32 years." 

fr. Bridgton Families

compiled by Mr. Blynn Davis, Maine Historical Society

  Jonathan Seavey
   Nov. 14, 1858
   AE, 63 yrs. 6 mos.

Farewell my wife and children all
From you a Father Christ doth call
Mourn not for me, it is in vain
To call me to your sight again
Mary G.
Wife of
Jonathan Seavy
died Feb 9
AE 37 years, 2 mos
& 15 days

Sleep on thy lovely dust
I shall soon be summoned
To sleep with thee then our
Spirits will be reunited in
The peaceful realms of bliss
And happiness

Albion P.
Son of Mary G. &
J. Seavey
Died May 11, 1856
AE 12 yrs, 8ms
14 ds.

Eben Richardson
Jan. 10, 1844
AE 29 yrs & 4 mo.

Sleep on dear brother
Take thy rest
God called thee home
He thought it best

Harriet C.
Wife of Jonathan Seavey
May 23, 1814
Mar 23, 1891

Yet love will dream and faith will trust
Since he who knows our needs is just
That somehow somewhere meet we must

Elizabeth B.
daught. of
Ebenezer & Harriet
C. Richardson, died
May 27, 1847
3 yrs, 11 mo.
& 8 days

Thus fades the lovely blooming flower
Frail swelling solace of a home
soon our transient
(some words buried/unreadable) 

Eben G.
Son of Mary G. &
J. Seavy
Died May 11, 1856
AE 12 yrs. 8ms
14 ds.

Charles C.
son of Jonathan
& Harriet C. Seavey
Sept. 7, 1851
AE 2 years. & 2 mo.

Cora May
J. & H.C. Seavey
Sept. 21, 1865

* History of Bridgton, Maine, 1768-1994, 2d ed., Bridgton Historical Society, 1993. P.463.