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Hope society’s Web site offers grave listings

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

“Hope Historical Society — they have a lot on their Web site, including pictures of gravestones.”

At least, that’s the gist of a very brief conversation I had with State Registrar Liz Hotchkiss at the fall meeting of the Maine Daughters of the American Revolution. Liz is a member of Majabigwaduce Chapter in Hancock County, and Hope is in Knox County, but as we know, genealogists know something about a lot of things.

The Hope Historical Society Web site is easily found at

I clicked on CONTINUE to get to a page that offered me more choices. I chose CEMETERIES.

Morey Hill Cemetery includes its GPS listing, which I think is wonderful: 44 degrees 14.959’ N. 69 degrees 11.293’ W.

Then there is a listing of names alphabetically, year they died, the stone number, feet from the NW wall, feet from the SW wall. An example: Bennett, Melissa d 1913 # 2/107/26. She died in 1913. She is stone number 2, 107 feet from the NW wall, 26 feet from the SW wall.

And, you can click on the name to see a photo of the gravestone.

Morey Hill Cemetery also has a photo of a gravestone with 36 names engraved on it, most of them people buried there who don’t have a marker of their own. Isn’t that a wonderful resource and memorial?

Hope Grove Cemetery has a GPS of 44 degrees 15.704’N 69 degrees 9.818’W

Some of the pictures of the stones have family information recorded underneath them.

The Web site also has a family section, with some information on each of these families:

– Barrett.

– Bartlett.

– Bills.

– Bowley.

– Crabtree.

– Dennison.

– Dunton.

– Ettlinger.

– Gould.

– Grassow.

– Harris.

– Hastings.

– Hewett.

– Hobbs.

– Jacobs.

– Keene.

– Layr.

– Merrifield.

– Norwood-Brodis.

– Payson.

– Pearse, John.

– Pearse, William.

– Philbrick.

– Pushaw.

– True.

– Woster.

Some of the family sections include photos, so do take a look.

One of the documents on the Web site is “Twenty Associates Map of Hope, Maine 1799.”

You’ll be interested to know that there is a Hope Historical Society House and Museum on Route 105.

The house was built by Henry Handley around 1818.

For information, call 763-3576 or send an e-mail inquiry to

The Hope Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the town library.

The evening will begin with a potluck supper.

Ron Smith will give a program, “A Summer to Remember Walking the Appalachian Trail,” at 7 p.m.

The event is free. For information, call 785-4903.

As editor of the Midcoast Beacon, which has been published since May by the Bangor Daily News, I am learning more about the historical and genealogical doings in Waldo and Knox counties. It is a privilege.

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