Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Elihu Stevens, 1871, Manchester, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Valley Cemetery in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Cot. 17, 1871
AE. 69 yrs.
his wife.
Died Jan. 2, 1896
AE. 85 yrs.

This gravestone and the plot it sits on were neglected and abandoned by the City of Manchester.  It was weed infested and overgrown.  Volunteers have been clearing out the Valley Cemetery, and trimming back the over growth to uncover lost tombstones and family plots.  If this were my ancestor, I'd be appalled at this neglect.  If it were my family member, I'd complain to the city for their lack of "perpetual care."

You can read more about the volunteers at Valley Cemetery at this link:

Here is a photo taken by Pat Van Den Berghe of Elihu T. Stevens' tombstone for the FindAGrave website in 2010.  Please notice the vegetation in the foreground and background between 2010 and 2017.

Pat Van Den Berghe/FindAGrave 2010

Vincent Rojo/Nutfield Genealogy 2017

Elihu T. Stevens was born about 1802 and died 17 Oct 1871 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  He served in the First Massachusetts Cavalry around 1823.

In June 1832 in Exeter, New Hampshire, Elihu Stevens married Mary Anne Odlin, daughter of William Odlin and Elizabeth Leavitt.  She was born on 29 July 1810 in Exeter, New Hampshire. They had four children: Caroline Odlin Stevens (married Captain Amos Blanchard Shattuck), William Odlin Stevens, Mary Anne Stevens (married Ruben Lord Griffin) and Julianna.

A link to the Find A Grave Memorial for Elihu T. Stevens ( Find A Grave Memorial #62695553):


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Elihu Stevens, 1871, Manchester, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 22, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/08/tombstone-tuesday-elihu-stevens-1871.html: accessed [access date]).

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