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It is my understanding that there are state cemetery laws being looked at and possibly changed in some way.
Does anyone know what they are and who is working on the committees for these changes?
I know this is a good time of year to walk through graveyards and
cemeteries. And, I'd like to ask if researchers would keep an eye out for
stones with the KIDDER name on them.
The patriarch, James KIDDER (1626-1676) of Cambridge and Billerica had 12
children; one of his sons, John, had 12 children and lived in Chelmsford.
One of his sons, Thomas, lived in the part of town which became Westford.
He died suddenly leaving a widow and 5 very young sons. Around 1750's, 3
of those sons moved up to New Ipswich and they and their wives had many
There was a well-known genealogist / researcher, Frederick KIDDER, who grew
up there and wrote about the families. In one report he said he had to
look far and wide to find any stones with the name on them. But, I read
elsewhere that the KIDDER stones were nowhere to be found.
My ancestor, Joseph, moved his family to the next town, Temple. I visited
Temple last summer and didn't find any KIDDER stones in the center of town.
Thank you for keeping this surname in mind.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
* Wilder KIDDER became a "famous and animated Fifer in the Rev. War."
His name is on the monument in the center of town. But, his younger
brother, Joe, Jr., also fought, and his name is not there.
(I did find the Thomas stone in Westford. And, Calvin, b1765 New Ipswich,
moved to New Brunswick. I just received a photo of the KIDDER stone in
Princeton, Maine, where his grandson was buried. So, for my line I only
have 3 pictures of stones; oh, except for my great-grandfather's stone in
(The 1941 "KIDDER book" is being updated, and the researcher needs
information on people who might not be in that book.)
For those of you who couldn't make the Elihu Legro's ceremony today, May 8th, in Rochester, NH, I have uploaded an album of photos in the photo section to my group, which is listed below. Go to the group below, enjoy the photos and feel free to stay a member.
If you download any of the pictures please give my son, Billy Smith, the credit as he is the one that took the photos.
You can find a lot of information on Civil War Soldiers at
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Alexander" <alexander00313(a)yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 4:30 PM
Subject: [NH-CEMETERIES] 1. May 8 - Civil war burial - Rochester,NH
Skyraider may I ask who you are? If you don't want to mention it hear please
email me privately. As I am curios as to who you are.
I am one of the ones that helped with this gravesite initially.
I am also not sure your are correct...but you may be. It is my understanding
that all the family is going to be buried tomorrow on May 8, but I could be
mistaken. I attended a program offered at the Rochester Library by
Archaeologist Kathleen Wheeler, the woman who helped with the special work
needed at the original cemetery at the Route 16 burial site.
I have photos of when we (Richard Longo, myself, and my husband) were
working on the site several years ago, but sadly I can't seem to locate
them, but when I do I will give them to Mr. Meehan who is putting together
something for the existing members of this family. I know Mr. Meehan will
forward these photos to the family.
I also have done some family research of this family. If anyone is
interested, I'll be more than happy to pass on this information.
I will be sending this information to the NH Old Graveyard Association so
that they may have it for their records.
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Yes, Ann that website is awesome for anyone looking into Civil War Veterans.
I also want to make sure that State Senior Vice Commander of the Sons of Union Volunteers of the Civil War, Dan Meehan, who is in Rochester, is going to be part of the re-enactment and has been greatly involved in this project. He helped the existing family members find other members of their family tree. If you wish to read the articles go to fosters.com and type in Civil War.
Also Skyraider..you are correct and I was incorrect. The other ten have already been buried.
I am planning on being there.
Skyraider may I ask who you are? If you don't want to mention it hear please email me privately. As I am curios as to who you are.
I am one of the ones that helped with this gravesite initially.
I am also not sure your are correct...but you may be. It is my understanding that all the family is going to be buried tomorrow on May 8, but I could be mistaken. I attended a program offered at the Rochester Library by Archaeologist Kathleen Wheeler, the woman who helped with the special work needed at the original cemetery at the Route 16 burial site.
I have photos of when we (Richard Longo, myself, and my husband) were working on the site several years ago, but sadly I can't seem to locate them, but when I do I will give them to Mr. Meehan who is putting together something for the existing members of this family. I know Mr. Meehan will forward these photos to the family.
I also have done some family research of this family. If anyone is interested, I'll be more than happy to pass on this information.
I will be sending this information to the NH Old Graveyard Association so that they may have it for their records.
The Military Funeral for Elihu Hayes Legro (July 21, 1827-January 1, 1863) is this Saturday May 8 The various groups involved including many military units and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) are meeting at 10 AM on the Common in Rochester. The Procession will start at 11 AM and travel approx 0.4 tenths of a mile down Franklin Street to the Rochester Cemetary.
Elihu Hayes Legro was born in Rochester, NH and was one of nine children growing up on the Legro Homestead located one mile from Rochester on the Farmington Rd. Elihu married Mary Corson on June 10, 1849 and they had two children, Ellie and Elihu, Jr. who died in 1859 being less than one year old and was buried within the Legro Cemetery (formerly on land at the Rt. 16 and Spaulding Highway Intersection).
Elihu became a Methodist minister at the age of 28 and his first church was in Rye, NH (1855). He went on to serve other churches in Sandown (1857-1858), Danville, and then lastly appointed to the South Tamworth Methodist Church (1860-November, 1861).
The Civil War had broken out in April of 1861 and despite Elihu’s deep Christian faith, he chose to return to Rochester and there, enlisted as a private into Company D of the 6th NH Regiment at the age of 33. Elihu was detailed as a nurse (cook) on January 11, 1862. It is reported that he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on September 20, 1862 in the 15th New Hampshire. (This promotion may have come about by his ministerial, chaplaincy care to soldiers either on the battlefield or in hospital care). He went through all the hardships and battles of the campaign from Roanoke Island to the time of his death. However, Rev. Elihu died on January 1, 1863 of disease at the Patent Office Hospital. Elihu’s remains were brought back to Rochester and were buried with Masonic Honors in the family cemetery. Red Mountain Lodge #68 will offer a short Masomic Service before reburial on May 8.
This past fall, the remains of those in the cemetery were exhumed and reburied at the Rochester Cemetery, all except that of Rev. Elihu H. Legro. On Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., a ceremony and procession will begin at the Rochester Common and then travel some 4 tenths of a mile to the cemetery for the re-internment of his casket and remains. The last time an event of this historic value took place was in 1937 and it is presumed that many Civil War and present day military forces will attend to honor the Pastor, Rev. Elihu H. Legro of the South Tamworth United Methodist Church. His remains will be carried in a period horse-drawn hearse accompanied by a riderless horse.
ON May 8, there will be a genuine Civil War Burial for one of the cemeteries in Rochester, New Hampshire, that Richard, myself and my husband were involved in. This cemetery needed to be moved for construction of the new Spaulding Turnpike. I do believe it is going to start at 11 at the Town Commons in Rochester..but those who don't want to walk with the percussion, could meet at the cemetery which is on Franklin Street. This is going to be an exciting thing to watch and to part of. I know I plan on being there.
The local civil war guys are doing this and are also having some of those handle the unit that this man was from which is Tamworth.and the entire family and the civil war soldier are all going to be reburied.
For once I am proud to say that this has been done the right way and it is good to see when that happens.