Susan Herrera from Camarillo, California
Fri 6/10/2016 8:42 PM
I'm a descendent of Thomas Cross and Sarah Boardman Cross.
Vicki Spencer from Hamburg, New Jersey
6/5/2016 6:05 PM
Thank you so much
for providing this information!
Glenn Wilis Davis from Bradford, Massachusetts
Wed 5/7/2014 1:21 PM
A very beautiful
Lorretta Merrill Nelson from Big Pine, California
Wed 2/12/2014 11:00 PM
Thank you for
taking the time and effort in making this burial ground
available for the descendants of the deceased to visit the
gravesite's of their ancestors. I truly appreciate this site.
Effe Sykes-Simpson from Meridian, Idaho
Tue 2/18/2014 10:17 AM
I've only glanced over this website, and love it already!! Not living close to my husband's family's stomping grounds you provide such a helpful resource!! I appreciate the time you took to do all the work necessary to have this wonderful site up and running!! Thanks so very much!!!
Erik and Leslie Peterson from W. Boxford, Massachusetts
Thu 9/19/2013 8:40 AM
It is our hopes
that the level of awareness of the importance of maintaining our
historical burial grounds will continue to rise. It saddens me
when I read a post that someone entered the burial ground and
found the care to be lacking. This has been my struggle for
years. I have been unable to maintain the burial ground up to
the standards it deserves due to the lack of funding and can not
support the upkeep personally. Donations are vital and I have
been fortunate to have the support of the TFA to give what they
can when they can. I have also been extremely fortunate for John
Hardy's generous contribution for the initial clean up in 2009.
Since then, little monies have been available and most of the
work that has been done, has been pro bono. Currently we are
working with the City of Haverhill to help fund our efforts. It
takes a village. We need to continue to raise awareness and
money. We will continue to do what we can. If anyone is
in making donations for the OBBG you can make your check payable
to Brightside of Haverhill, a nonprofit organization so your
donation is tax deductible. Just make sure to memo Bradford
Burial Ground on your check. Together we can make a difference.
Let's give this sacred ground the care and respect it deserves.
James Hall from Sahuarita, Arizona
Sun 8/25/2013 10:17 PM
Bradford Burial Ground to find records of old Hall and Kimball
family members. We were able to find a handful and get pictures
at the site. The grounds crew was there that day trimming down
the grass and they were helpful in getting us oriented on where
to look. We were truly grateful for our chance to visit the
Burial Grounds. There is much more work to do on cleaning up
the brush on the edges of the Burial Grounds as there were a few
others we found by wandering into the brush. But we are
grateful for what has been done recently on cleaning a lot of
the plants up. Thanks.
Michael C. Guinn from Louisville, Kentucky
Sat 8/3/2013 5:42 PM
I have been a self taught genealogist since 1978. I am a paternal male descendant of the Kimball family. Long story about my last name and how I discovered my Kimball ancestry in March, 2008 after I paid for numerous DNA tests. I visited the cemetery on 31 July 2013 and I was not happy with the upkeep of the cemetery. As one faces the cemetery from Salem street, the upper left quadrant is covered with small trees, thorn bushes and weeds which have taken over a number of headstones. This cemetery is such a historic site and could be a major historic tourist attraction. The headstones need to be protected from weathering and stabilized before they are lost forever. As one who is a student of history and genealogy, I was surprised at the number of folks I spoke with in Bradford/Haverhill who knew nothing about the cemetery. I am also surprised that it apparently is not on the National Register of Historic Places. If it is on the National Register, I never saw !
the marker. This is a true treasure that is apparently receiving minimum care. Many of the people in this cemetery built Bradford, built Haverhill, built Essex. Their gravesites deserve more care than what they have received or are receiving. I hope to get up there again in 2015-2016 and spend a few days in the library and historical society. And I hope things are moving along by then.Respectfully,Michael C. GuinnLouisville, Kentucky 40223
Rich (Haselton) Gravelle from Essex Jct, Vermont
Mon 4/29/2013 10:19 PM
Deacon Robert Haseltine would be my 8th grandfather. I plan to make my first tripto the burying ground in mid May 2013. I am thrilled to find this site. Many thanks to all involved with the site and preservation of the graves.
Bruce MacWilliams from Concord, New Hampshire
Mon 1/28/2013 2:06 AM
last visited this cemetery was late 1990's. It was so over ground with brush and trees, I was unable to locate any of my family, the Kimballs and other family connections. I will try again, soon, when the weather gets warmer. Now that the brush is cleared from the site. Thank you. Bruce.
Melissa A. Kimball from Epping, New Hampshire
Fri 1/4/2013 6:41 PM
Thank You many times over for the work between studying the stones and cleaning up the final resting place for many of our relatives. For several years this place remained poorly maintained and we always were sure we had family there but until recently studying our family lines we all are discovering our own buried heritage.
Thomas Tenney from Renton, Washington
Sun 11/18/2012 3:08 PM
7th, 8th, and 9th great grandfathers are in there somewhere. Keep up the great work!
William Kimball from Tolland, Connecticut
Thu 11/8/2012 4:51 PM
I am a descendent of Benjamin and Mercy Kimball, and their son David (who married Elizabeth Gage) and who lived, died and was buried in this cemetery.
Sandy Chesemore from Honolulu, Hawaii
Tue 5/15/2012 2:14 PM
Thank you for the wonderful site! The photos and the careful details that are provided are such a boon to armchair genealogists, such as myself who are unable to travel to visit in person. David and Elizabeth Wood are my 7X great-grandparents and it is special to see their final resting places preserved. I also look forward to reviewing all the Hazeltines buried here since that is another branch of my tree.
Carole Heath from New Hampshire
Wed 3/21/2012 7:48 AM
I am directly descended from Thomas Hardy through my maternal grandfather Carroll Bartlett Hardy (1889--1943).
Lawrence E. Tenney from Huntington Beach, California
Fri 2/24/2012 7:39 PM
Thank you for all the work being done to restore & preserve this precious heritage location.
Bradley Hardy from Highland, Utah
Wed 7/6/2011 9:37 PM
Great site!! I was very excited to see images of the headstone for my ancestor Thomas Hardy. Thanks for doing this very important work.
Judith Spofford Elmes from Huntsville, Alabama
Wed 2/16/2011 5:23 PM
This is my many great grand parents burial ground. We visited several years ago and want to come back.
Richard Carlton from Tamworth, New Hampshire
Mon 12/13/2010 2:16 PM
Thank you for making this available. I plan to make a trip to Bradford soon.
Roxy Bone from Newmarket, New Hampshire
Sun 11/28/2010 8:11 AM
THANKS FOR FORWARDING ACCESS TO THIS GREAT SITE!
Richard E. Carlton from Tamworth, New Hampshire
Fri 11/26/2010 12:52 AM
This Burial Ground Is loaded with Carletons, my ancestors. We plan a visit tomorrow.
Kim Smith from White Lake, Michigan
Tue 11/16/2010 4:14 PM
Phebe Her(r)ick is my ancestor, her husband Ebenezer died at Bunker Hill. Thanks for the great site! One of these days I would like to see it for myself.
Michael Hardy from Roswell, Georgia
Sun 11/14/2010 6:12PM
Thanks to all of the supporters of the Bradford Burial Grounds. It looks like a lot of work to keep this old
D. Elliott from Atlanta, Georgia
Sat 8/28/2010 2:54 PM
Thank you for posting photos and
Barbie Adamson from Carl junction, Missouri
Mon 8/23/2010 12:38 PM
I have been researching family
history for 5 yrs now and decided to go thru each township now
for info on how these previous ancestors lived and what their
occupations were. The families of Goodwin, Graham, Kimball &
Webster are related. I appreciate this site it has a great deal
of info. Thank You for the time invested. It has taken me back 7
Pat Hutchinson from Bradford, Massachusetts
Fri 7/9/2010 11:16 AM
I am the 8th Great Grandaughter
of John Spafford (Spofford). I had read he was buried here and
am glad to have it confirmed. John Spofford founded the Rowley,
MA. mentioned in the video. Rest in Peace, Great Grandad.
Robert Kimball from
Mon 5/24/2010 2:41 PM
Like several others, I am a
descendant of Benjamin & Mercy Kimball, as well as the Days,
Tennys, and Hazeltines. I've visited the burial ground several
times, the first with my parents in the 1950's, and later in the
70's and 80's. I'm glad to see it cleaned up, and indexed.
Janna Brown from
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Sun 4/25/2010 3:14 PM
Somewhere probably now among those
unreadable markers, is buried Martha Smith Burbank Hardy. Her
gravestone image can be found at FindAGrave.com in this
cemetery. The image shows a badly broken and barely discernible
name. The name "Hardy" can be read.
Walter Zacharuk from Edmonton
Tue 4/13/2010 9:01 PM
am descendant of Thomas West, my 8th great grandfather, who
resides in Edmonton, Alberta. I am so pleased to have found a
picture of his headstone that I can finally read. I had one
picture of it that my 1st cousin twice removed included in her
copy of our family history, a splendid 289 page tome covering
our arrival to the settling of wisconsin(1836) and beyond. Thank
you so much, and can you tell if Wests still live there?
|Peter Kimball from
Mon 4/12/2010 9:00 AM
I just found your site in my
website's statistics and was glad I looked!!! I'm descended from
Benjamin & Mercy Kimball. I'll be adding up links to your site
from the genealogy pages for everyone you have images of !!!!!!
|Gail Tenney Guillory from Kingwood Texas
Mon 10/26/2009 2:04 PM
I am a member of the Tenney
Family Association. The Burial Ground looks great.
|Pamela J. Hamilton from AppletonWisconsin
Mon 10/26/2009 8:09 AM
Thank you for allowing a
semi-homebound person like myself to 'travel' through the
internet to 'see the Bradford Burial Grounds' via your video.
Several years ago I spoke to a sexton of another cemetery in
Haverhill as I was/still am trying to find the burial place for
Hannah Dore Hamilton 1793 (Athens, ME) - Oct. 3o, 1881 in
Haverhill, MA. He suggested I check out the Bradford Burial
Ground. Hannah 'is not here' either unless Hannah did not or
does not now have a grave stone. It was precious to 'see' in
person this Burial Grounds via your video. Thank you for taking
time to do this project and post it to the web.
|Stephen F. Jackman from Bradford Massachusetts
Mon 10/19/2009 2:29 PM
My Great Grandfather, on My
Mother"s side Haseltine donated the land for this cemetery in
the 1600s I was named after My Great uncle Steve Hazeltine. More
than just strange, that more than ten generations later I would
live only a quarter mile from this burial ground. I regret that
I know very little about the details, John Hardy knows more
about the Hazeltine's than I do. shame :( John we will talk this
winter about when to acquire the flag 8' "Betsy Ross" style.
|Barbara Buonaugurio from Peabody, Massachusetts
Mon 8/3/2009 3:24 AM
This is interesting. I have visited this place. My mother was a Haselton. We know that her family is descended from these Haseltines. There are a number of spellings. My grandmother's husband, George Irving Haselton was president of the NH Senate for many years and at one time, ran for governor. His portrait hangs in the NH state house.
|Erik and Leslie Peterson from
Sun 6/21/2009 2:31 PM
Many thanks for all the
efforts involved in preserving the history of our fore fathers.
We are honored to be a small part of these efforts and
appreciate all that you have done to make this possible.
|Harlene Soper Brown from Kelso, Washington
Fri 6/12/2009 7:28 PM
What an absolute blessing your
site has been to me. After contacting John and receiving his
gracious permission, I was able to add pictures to posts of
folks that are listed at
www.findagrave.com. I also created memorials for those who
didn't have them, using your information. I believe it's a great
partnership that will benefit a lot of folks. Now I'd like to
see if there's a way to post your map on the title page for the
Bradford Burial Ground or a direct link between the two. Great
resources, both! Thank you to all the folks who worked to
provide the information and pictures here at your site. I know
it has been a labor or love and respect for those who have gone
|Harlene Soper Brown
Thu 6/4/2009 8:31 AM
express what a blessing this site is. I have a lot of ancestors
there and for our family to be able to see the tombstones and
what is written on them is a true gift. I know a huge amount of
time and effort has gone into putting this together. It is
|Neil H. Brown from Antrim, New Hampshire
Wed 5/6/2009 9:28 AM
Great to see Ancient Burial Grounds cleaned up and hear about
all the work that is being done to keep it clean and in locating
buried gravestones and unidentified graves. Without this we
would have lost a very important historical site.
|Jeff Hall from Amherst, New Hampshire
Tue 5/5/2009 6:39 PM
Hopefully, some day, the burial plot of my earliest known ancestor, Deacon Richard Hall of Bradford, will be found in the Ancient Bradford Burial Ground. As the first deacon of the church at Bradford, he would have been granted a free plot, as was his son, Joseph. Richard was also one of the original signers of the Church's first covenant. Richard died in Bradford in 1730, yet, to date, no burial location has been found for him. Perhaps his name can be included in this website's history, even though his bones may have been lost to time?Best wishes,Jeff Hall(Richard-Richard-Timothy-Timothy-James-William-Albert-Will-Albert Hall)
|GAIL GITTENS from Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Tue 2/3/2009 7:30 PM
|Fred D .Hardy from Greer, South Carolina Thu 11/6/2008 6:12 PM
I am a descendant
of Thomas Hardy (tenth gen.) Great site.
|Al Hardy from Lompoc, California
Mon 10/27/2008 1:43 PM
Keep up the good
work, John. Thanks for all you do. Al
|Al Hardy from Lompoc, California
Thu 10/9/2008 6:16 PM
Thanks for the
work you are doing. Al
|Al Hardy from Lompoc, California
Mon 9/1/2008 3:48 PM
I am a descendant
of Thomas Hardy, Sr. of Bradford. My wife and I visited the 1665
Burying Ground several years ago after receiving directions from
the special collections department at the Haverhill Library. We
are please to read about the update from John C. Hardy.
|Kyla Sandberg from Haverhill, Maine
Fri 8/15/2008 10:45 PM
Thank you for the
work you are doing in the Bradford Burial Ground! My newly
discovered ancestor, Nathaniel Fales, is buried there. What you
are doing is very important.
|Chris Obert from Bradford, Massachusetts
Sat 7/26/2008 7:46 PM
Very nice job on
the site. Let me know if there is anything that you need from me
in the future. It was nice to meet with you this afternoon (July
26, 2008) at the BBG.
|Jim Ellingboe from Littleton, Massachusetts
Sat 7/12/2008 9:36 AM
What a nice site.
Thanks for all the work that is being put into it. The other day
I drove by the
|Sharon Gallup from Moose Jaw Saskatchewan,
Fri 6/27/2008 10:12 PM
Really informative great going.
|Joe Williams from Old Lyme, Connecticut
Thu 6/26/2008 10:22 AM
Great job. I am
on the Tenney memorial stone committee.
|Roger A. Tenney from Greenbrier, Tennessee
Thu 6/26/2008 7:59 AM
|Kathryn Tenney Hancock from Safford, Arizona
Wed 6/25/2008 9:00 PM
Thank you for all you are doing to help the TFA with their cemetery project. Enjoyed this site.
|Roger Branscombe, Phoenix from Stony Point, New
Wed 6/25/2008 8:28 PM
Looking forward to the features of your ambitious project. I am a member of the
Tenney Family Association.
|Barron Tenney from Haverhill,
Wed 6/25/2008 4:41 PM
Looking great. Good work.