Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Hildreth mother and son, Manchester, New Hampshire

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

1841 - 1919

1865 - 1883

Harriett F. Gilbert was born in 1841, the daughter of Zebedee C. Gilbert and Harriett N. Plummer.  Zebedee Gilbert was born in 1817 and died on 24 January 1853 in Goffstown, and he was listed in many Manchester government and city references online, as well as in the 4th company of the 9th regiment of the N.H. state militia.  He married Harriett Plummer on 28 May 1840 in Goffstown.  She was the daughter of John Plummer and Mary McFerson, born 1817 in Goffstown and died 9 April 1854.  

On 1 June 1864 in Cambridge, Massachusetts "Hattie" F. Gilbert married Charles W. Hildreth, son of  James and Azubah Hildreth.  Charles was born in Haverstraw, New York about 1841.  Charles and Harriett had a son Frederick, born in Washington DC and died 25 April 1883 in Manchester.  He was only 18 years old and he died of spinal meningitis. 

This tombstone is located at Valley Cemetery, near the stairs down to the lower part of the cemetery, on a very steep slope.  It is plot 1153.  When we photographed this area, it was full of undergrowth that had not been trimmed back in a very long time, and many tombstones were obscured.  If you compare this to the photos at the Find A Grave website, you will see how they used to look when the city took good care of this cemetery.  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/51122091/harriett-hildreth   

This is how the area looks now...

Click here for a previous blog post on the volunteer efforts to spruce up Valley Cemetery:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Hildreth mother and son, Manchester, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 4, 2018, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/12/tombstone-tuesday-hildreth-mother-and.html: accessed [access date]).

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