Excursion to find the Niles Farm Cemetery
This gravestone rubbing is one that I made in the summer of 1989 when my dad and I drove from Massachusetts to Vermont on an ancestor hunt. We knew the cemetery was on the "Old Niles Farm," which, of course, no longer exists, but undaunted, we headed out to the small rural community of Halifax, Vermont. After a few false starts, and asking directions along the way, we parked the car alongside a promising-looking field in the general vicinity of our destination. It was summer--hot and muggy--and as we caught sight of the cemetery, the mosquitoes caught us. Swarms of them! We reversed our steps, drove back into the village and bought mosquito repellent, then tried again.
The cemetery consisted of about a dozen stones, in varying degrees of decay, fallen over and forgotten among the weeds, but sheltered under the trees.
This rubbing, made that day, is of Sarah (Frink) Niles, my 5th great-grandmother: "Late Consort of David Niles, who died in the revolutionary service, at White Plains in 1776."
As important to me as this find was, more important was the occasion to experience it with my dad. He was gone from us six short years later, and I cherish the memory of that adventure with him.
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Gail - I read your story of your cemetery experience with great interest. The photo of the rubbins is Amazing! What a find! I am interested in knowing what type of paper you used and the procedure for making such a clear rubbing. And thank you for tagging "Ancestors" since that is how I found your story.
I had sent away (years ago now) for a kit that came in a long black tube with black paper, white paper and off-white paper in large sheets for rubbing, plus 3 different kinds of approved wax balls--black, silver and gold. If I can find the info on the company I'll let you know. Thanks for visiting!