Tucked in the woods of Ossipee, NH the mystery alludes me no more thanks to a wonderful couple named Bill & April who braved the the ticks & frustration of 3 trips in to no avail. Clearly, for them, giving up was not an option. A cold winter's day in late December, hours before the first snow fall of the season, and for the 4th time they ventured in once more!
I was completely unaware of their determination to solve this mystery, so you can imagine my complete surprise when out of no where after nearly 3 years & 3 trips of my own up there with no luck, I got a text from an unknown number saying....
"Amylynne, My wife and I volunteer as photographers for findagrave, and have followed your search for the Wm Smith Cemetery in Ossipee. Well, Merry Christmas!"
I can tell you. I was so excited. I cried. I cannot possibly express my gratitude enough to this wonderful couple. Thanks to them I now have pictures, exact gps coordinates, directions in, the name of the owner of the property & a wealth of other information. It turns out that the NH State Archives has stone wall maps of many areas in the state done by the WPA. That was the piece of information that helped them finally find it. I had no idea these maps existed and I'm sure many others in the state did not either, until now.
I'm already in the process of discussing bi-yearly access with the owners of the property to clean-up & preserve this historical cemetery. It seems promising that I will be allowed to do this as a direct descendant. I have found a lot of graves & have volunteered myself with FindaGrave for many years, but nothing has been so rewarding as getting that text from Bill & April. Thank you again, guys! You are the best!
For more on my blogs about this family visit here & also here.
Photos & all the credit goes to Bill & April Day
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy