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New Monument Dedication and Family Reunion

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Bob’s sister, Cynthia, is the family genealogist. In researching the family’s ancestry, she found her great-great grandmother’s gravestone badly deteriorated. Over the years, Cynthia thought about what she could do to rectify the situation. She decided to have a new monument placed on her great-great grandmother’s grave, replacing the nearly illegible stone currently there.

James Sarah Chase Headstone before 3
Sara Chase’s Original Gravestone
(Photos provided by Cynthia)

James Sarah Chase Headstone before 4

In February, this year, Cynthia sent an invitation to family members descended from her great-great grandmother, Sarah Chase James, to attend the new monument dedication. The new monument dedication was held at noon today at Fairbanks Cemetery in Farmington Township (Warren County, PA). Family members from New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania attended the dedication.

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Fairbanks Cemetery is located high on the bank of a rural country road, not heavily traveled.
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Family members who attended the new monument dedication

Two other family members attended the dedication as well; however, they arrived a few minutes after this photograph was taken.

A luncheon immediately followed the monument dedication. The luncheon was held at McNutter’s Ice Cream Barn and Restaurant in the nearby small town of Lander.

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We met Chuck and Jess and their children, Emma and Nathaniel, at McNutter’s Restaurant.
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Paul and Anne with their daughter Jeni’s family —
Jeni and Brett and their children Amanda, Matthew, Jacob, Ryan and David
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Tim, Dale, Sue and Bruce
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Steve and his sister Jean

Steve and Jean attended the memorial dedication but arrived a few minutes too late to be included in the group photograph taken at the cemetery.

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Larry, Cynthia, Bob and me

Thank you Cynthia and Larry for hosting this family reunion. The monument dedication was truly a beautiful, memorable ceremony. We had a wonderful time at the luncheon that followed the dedication ceremony. We enjoyed visiting with family members whom we know and meeting other family members for the first time.

5 Responses to “New Monument Dedication and Family Reunion”

  1. Skye

    Looks like a lovely gathering of family members for a beautiful dedication. Bob's great-great grandmother was very young, how did she die?

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  2. Anonymous

    There is no record of Sarah's cause of death – we can only speculate. She gave birth to Maude about 3.5 months prior to her death, so perhaps it was complications of childbirth. Or since she died in the winter, perhaps it was influenza… we will never know for sure….Cynthia

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  3. Jackie

    That's actually kinda cool. I didn't really ever give it a thought about replacing old headstones. Did she keep the old one being it was from the 1850's?

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  4. Anonymous

    The family had the several choices as to what to do with the old stone. All of the choices were presented to the family, and no one wanted to keep the old stone – it was very badly deteriorated and nearly illegible. Also, according to experts consulted, it did not have historic value. If she wants to, Linda may post a before and after picture of the cemetery and the stone.Cynthia

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