I’ve been spending my morning cleaning out my email inbox. Between emails about my books and genealogy stuff, I tend to get backed up and have to spend a day untangling the web that is my in and to do boxes. While weeding through my emails from findagrave.com, I found that someone had fulfilled a photo request for a great family member of mine, the Reverend John Maxson, born 1714 and died 1778.
Here’s the photo they kindly provided:
Isn’t it a lovely example of the carving used at the time? John is buried in the Common Burying Ground in Newport, RI. He is my First Cousin 7 times removed (Being the son of Johnathan Maxson and Content Rogers.) John married Tacy Lucy Rogers (1715-1753) who was my 5th Great Grandaunt (being the daughter of Jonathan Rogers Jr and Judith Potter)
Here’s a link to John’s memorial page on Findagrave.com: CLICK HERE FOR LINK
On the Rogers sides of their families John and Tacy were not only husband and wife, but first cousins as well. I keep telling my friends that marrying your first cousin wasn’t uncommon back in the 1700’s but they don’t believe me. I site that in Jane Austen’s books it happens quite a bit, but still … they think it’s weird. Weird it is today, but back then, not so much.
Anyway, as I said above, I got this photo through findagrave.com. If you’re familiar with this site, as a member (which is free) you can go on a memorial of a person and if there is no photo of their headstone posted, you can request a photo. when you do this, it sends the request out to other members on the site who live in the area of that cemetery. If you’re lucky, one of them will trot on over to the cemetery and take a photo that they will then post on the site for you. You then get an email alerting you that your request has ben fulfilled. Hence my cleaning out my email inbox and find old John there.