Fred Wieninger and his nephew Benjamin of Wieninger Monuments in Milbridge, ME, barged their truck and equipment to GCI to work on the cemetery. It was a hot, sunny, windless morning 8:00-1:00 at the cemetery. Fred righted, mended and washed the headstones. Many photos taken as work progressed.  Photo

Revolutionary War marker for Benjamin Spurling is S.A.R. Sons of the American Revolution. (See photo of marker. See Steve Herrick’s email with information on that designation.)

Revolutionary War marker for Joseph L’Grow has a revolutionary war figure in the middle. See photo of marker.

Two red slate headstones face down and partially covered on all sides for decades are upright now and in fragile condition. We are certain of who the individuals are from LVS research and extant footstones near the headstones that are marked B.S. and F.S.   Frances Spurling is wife of Benjamin Spurling, Sr.. Benjamin Spurling, Jr. was their son. Both of these stones are very fragile. Fred is not sure how long they’ll last.

1.    Frances Spurling headstone has a small makers mark or inventory number “100” impressed on it. Red perhaps Vermont slate, has delaminated badly on both sides. No inscription remains on Frances’ headstone. Fred used a polyester resin to mend Fanny’s stone in three places. (Also used for other stones. It was such a hot day that it hardened very quickly.)

2.    Benjamin Spurling Jr. headstone is the second tall red slate, narrower than his mother Frances’ stone. Also badly delaminated. A portion of his inscription remains on the right side of the headstone. Barely legible, but visitor Martha Rose made out this much.

“…. of/….IN [perhaps BENJAMIN?]/……of/….and Fanny/……ling/……d this life/…..29th 1804/……nth and/…..20 days"  [Curiously, death date from LVS says 1809. Investigate.

The bricks that were disturbed in previous digging (presumably part of the two short parallel rows along the sides of what is believed to be Frances Spurling’s grave or is it marking Andrew Herrick’s grave?) were put in Benjamin Jr’s burial depression along with other stones. A brick was also used at some modern time to prop up Sarah L’Grow’s headstone. Seems similar to those around Frances burial.  

Field rocks and stones uncovered during cemetery probing and preservation work were used as fill in depressions.  The Benjamin Sr. and Fanny headstones had big rocks in holes near the headstones as if to support them. Not a good idea per Fred as rocks freeze and thaw repeatedly causing weakness around them. 

Possible makers marks:  “100” on Frances Spurling headstone; “3-6” on bottom of Joseph L’Grow headstone; “3-2” on bottom of Sarah L’Grow’s headstone.

Robert Spurling stone:  Fred and Benjamin dug out the large grey granite base, set it upright, and levelled it. Inserted thewhite marble headstone that had lain buried, face up, cracked in the middle for decades.

There is a very large immovable rock to the right of it (woods side). Also, the soil changes color to the right side and becomes distinctly reddish about 2 feet down. Top soil is a rich brown.

Flag #46 has a long grave-sized depression running east/west. See what GPR report indicates for that spot.

 William Spurling stone: This broken, loose, marble fragment of this headstone that was propped up on Robert Spurling’s footstone was brought to GCIHS for safe keeping and exhibit.

Edward H. Spurling stone: Inscription: Edward H. Surling/Died/February 24, 1848/AEt. 26/Remember me…./[Two illegible lines of text] [As you]?/Prepare for death…../

Henry L. Spurling stone was mended to the piece that had been buried for decades. We know from LVS he was son of Thomas and Hannah. The rest of the inscription is illegible so far. 

 

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