Lakeville and Middleborough, Massachusetts Historical and Genealogical Materials
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Gravestone Inscriptions 1711-2003
Jean A. Douillette
7” x 10” - 463 pages - B & W photos -Soft cover
Researching your ancestors in Lakeville, Massachusetts but can't get there in person? This book has all the information you need about their gravestones.
All gravestones present in the town in the year 2003, are transcribed. The oldest gravestone is dated 1711. Cemetery locations are identified on a town map. The entire epitaph is recorded word for word for each gravestone. Descriptions of carvings on the stone with any poems present are included. Gravestone locations are indexed and mapped. Also included are references to cemetery research by previous authors, and vital records.
Appendices contain more information including cemetery locations by assessor’s plot number and by Global Positioning System coordinates; and a list of signed gravestones.
-Sally Jane, American Library Association's Booklist, July 2008 edition
"When Jean Douillette first mentioned she was going to compile the inscriptions on gravestones in Lakeville's cemeteries, the Lakeville Historical Commission was excited. Her 463 page book, Lakeville, Massachusetts Gravestone Inscriptions 1711-2003, exceeds expectations. Here is truly an accurate additional tool for genealogist researching families in the Middleboro/Middleborough and Lakeville (West Middleboro until 1853) area.
As a Historical Commission, it is easy to see how delicate historical sources can be. A house fire, acid in paper, items sent to the dump because time was lacking or the contents were considered to be of no importance, mold and mildew, and kindling, it takes so little to destroy elements of history. Jean's painstaking research has preserved information that may have been lost to the ravages of our New England weather.
addition to being a valuable resource, her style and format are user friendly.
First and foremost, it has an index. Site maps of 29 of the cemeteries
and five additional appendices makes this a perfect guide when visiting