Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Church on the Hill Cemetery, Lenox, Mass.

I stumbled across the Tombstone Tuesday daily theme at GeneaBloggers, so in an effort to try and motivate myself to keep blogging decided to create my own Tombstone Tuesday post (and I still have about an hour left in Tuesday).

The Greenleaf family plot located in the Church on the Hill Cemetery in Lenox, Massachusetts emerged through my browsing on the Find A Grave site (a fabulous resource). Last May I combined a research trip to Albany with a quick jaunt over the border into Massachusetts to seek out the family plot for myself. Residing in this plot are my great-great-grandfather, Richard Cranch Greenleaf (1845-1913), his wife, Adeline Emma Stone Greenleaf (1849-1936) and several children, including my great-grandfather and both his wives.

Fortunately, locating the plot was fairly easy, since the pictures posted to Find A Grave had a stone wall running along behind. The wall borders the cemetery, so knowing to look for it eliminated a great deal of potential searching on my part and I found the family quite easily and without much effort.

The three flat tombstones are the oldest in the plot and belong to my great-great-grandfather (mentioned above), his daughter Marion (sadly the first to be laid to rest here at age 29, and to whom I'll likely devote an entire post later), and my great-grandmother, Margaret Adams Greenleaf (1876-1929).

The upright stones all match each other, and are positioned so that spouses are resting next to each other (with one exception).

In the above photo (left to right):
  • Adeline Emma Greenleaf (1849-1936)
  • Richard Cranch Greenleaf (1845-1913)*
  • Marion Constance Greenleaf (1871-1900)
  • Margaret Adams Greenleaf (1876-1929)
  • Lewis Stone Greenleaf (1872-1947)
  • John Cameron Greenleaf (1878-1958)
  • Florence Jones Greenleaf (1877-1959)
  • Richard Cranch Greenleaf (1887-1961)
* RCG's tombstone has an additional story, which I'll discuss in a later post so as not to make this one too unwieldy.

I suspect I'll have additional opportunities to detail what I've found about about this family in additional posts, so I'll leave this one fairly generic.

Michelle Obama's Roots

Originally posted by Dick Eastman to his Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Michelle Obama's Roots
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See also this commentary by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in The Root.

Dollhouse: "Can You Really Consent To Be A Doll?"

Nice little interview with Dollhouse writer Maurissa Tancharoen about last week's episode, Belonging, which focuses on Sierra's backstory. This is probably one of my favorite episodes so far, one reason being I find Sierra a much more appealing character than Echo. I can't say Sierra is more interesting, since Echo has the bulk of the meaty storylines, but I'm much more curious about who Sierra/Priya is, and I care more about what happens to her.

Interview is courtesy of io9 and Charlie Jane Anders.