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Mount Hope Cemetery website boasts new map of Bangor burials

Posted Jan. 19, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.

A recent email alerted me to the fact that Mount Hope Cemetery, off State Street and off Mount Hope Avenue in Bangor, has a website at mthopebgr.com with a wonderful map to help us locate the burial places there.

I checked out my second cousin, four times removed — Vice President Hannibal Hamlin — and easily found his burial spot at Lot 3 Riverside CG, in the family plot near State Street.

Other interesting burial spots include Revolutionary War veteran Park Holland, Daughters of the American Revolution President General Doris Pike White and infamous gangster Al Brady, who met his end in a shootout on Central Street in Bangor.

This new map, which Mount Hope Cemetery Superintendent Steve Burrill has been telling genealogists was being planned, is so much easier to use than the old one, which gave only the section where a lot might be found. What I used to do was extrapolate, kind of narrow down the location of a burial by comparing the letter and number for burial to those of lots whose locations I already knew.

Not included in the specific locations for Mount Hope are burials in the public grounds portion of the cemetery owned by the city of Bangor. For that information, searchers are encouraged to contact the city’s public works department.

Since burials in the public grounds section are included in the Mount Hope records, I think it would be most efficient, and helpful to family members and genealogists, if these listings also were connected to Mount Hope’s mapping program. Employees at public works have plenty to do on a daily basis with the many tasks entrusted to their department without having to become cemetery experts.

Mount Hope Cemetery updates its listings online on a daily basis. Sign up for a walking tour of some of the more interesting monuments and burial places next summer or fall if you haven’t taken one. The cemetery will be 180 years old later this spring.

In the 1930 Census, H. [Harry] Knight, a 33-year-old farmer, lived with wife Marie B. Knight, 37, in Emmitsburg, Md. Their children were Marie Knight, 9; and William F. Knight, 8.

All four were born in Maryland to parents who both were born in Maryland. Bill served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and later, for many years in the Navy. Several members of the branches of the military took part in the Honor Guard and flag ceremony on Jan. 12, and those attending Bill’s funeral included Maine Troop Greeters, elected officials and members of numerous veterans groups.

Among the speakers was Chuck Knowlen, leader of the Maine Troop Greeters and volunteer with student groups at Cole Land Transportation Museum. A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Knowlen earned the Silver Star in Vietnam and commanded an infantry battalion in Germany.

Like the other speakers, Knowlen was emotional while reminiscing about Knight, whose spirit will certainly shine brightly as long as there are troops coming home and Mainers with big hearts to greet them.

But we have Aron Gaudet and Gita Pillapully, producers of “The Way We Get By,” to thank for a most indelible memory of Bill Knight, taken from the very end of their documentary on Knight, Joan Gaudet and Jerry Mundy.

None of us will ever forget hearing and seeing film of Bill Knight, all by himself, singing “God Bless America,” and then turning to walk away.

Knight’s parents are gone, of course, but his older sister, Marie, lives in Florida and watched the funeral by Skype.

Joel Gopan, just a kid when he first met Knight, kindly sent along information from emmitsburg.net about both Bill Knight and his dad, Harry Knight.

Pfc. Harry Knight served 28 months during World War I in the Army Infantry, 29th Division, including duty at Alsace-Lorraine and the Argonne Forest. He also served stateside with the Marines in 1942 in Maryland.

Pfc. William Knight served 66 months in the Army Air Corps in World War II at Dow Air Force Base and in Italy, South Africa, Palestine, Cairo and Libya. He later served in the Navy and was proud to wear his uniform on patriotic occasions.

The Emmitsburg Area Historical Society has put information on the town website, including military honor rolls with biographies, when available. I love that.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

 

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