Magic Mirror Cemetery Photography


Ancient head­stones can never be replaced. They may be the only his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments remain­ing from that time and place. Many head­stones are so worn as to be com­pletely unread­able — or so they appear to the unaided eye! The “Magic Mir­ror” tech­nique throws the writ­ing into sharp relief. The words quite lit­er­ally jump out at you!

The Magic Mir­ror is a “green” tech­nique. It does not risk any harm to the head­stone. All we do is shine sun light across the face of the inscription!

These two pho­tographs are of the same head­stone! Can you see how the writ­ing appears and dis­ap­pears? This head­stone looked exactly the same to the naked eye. We needed the Magic Mir­ror to read the inscription.

The Blue ital­ics text are the photo descrip­tions. You can skip over the text to con­tinue read­ing this Magic Mir­ror Ceme­tery Pho­tog­ra­phy tuto­r­ial. Click on any of the pho­tographs to see it full size.

Mary F. Herring

Mary F. Herring

Gideon F. Herring

Gideon F. Herring

Left, Mary F. Her­ring: One of two pho­tos of the same head­stone, show­ing the “magic mir­ror” effect. In each photo, the high­lighted inscrip­tion is vis­i­ble and the other inscrip­tion is not. It is the same effect with the naked eye — we had to use the mir­ror to make out the writ­ing at all.

Right, Gideon F. Her­ring: Care­fully com­pare this photo to the “Mary F. Her­ring” photo of the same head­stone, to see the dra­matic dif­fer­ence the “magic mir­ror” makes in read­abil­ity. We use the mir­ror to shine sun­light ACROSS the face of the head­stone, caus­ing shad­ows in the barely-visible inscriptions.

“Both on same head­stone one above the other, Mary F., Born Aug 15 1848, died Aug 28, 1852. Gideon F., Born Dec. 19, 1852, died July 10, 1854. Chil­dren of G.H. and H.A. Her­ring. Brother and sis­ter. Mary F. Her­ring was a daugh­ter of George Wash­ing­ton Her­ring and Hes­ter Ann Kemp, grand­daugh­ter of John Her­ring and Lucy Carver, and, Wal­ter Kemp and Jerusha Key. She was my great grandAunt.”

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Webmaster comes out of Hibernation

Home Sunrise

Return­ing from Hibernation

If you skip a para­graph or three, you’ll move straight to my thoughts on how we can be of greater ser­vice to our new online-connected generations.

The 21st Century

Three years ago I vol­un­teered as Interim Web­mas­ter. That part was easy, thanks to the gra­cious help of our pre­vi­ous web­mas­ter! For the record, I donate to SFAA the cost of domain reg­is­tra­tions, and the cost of commercial-grade server space and band­width. To me it’s all part of the package.

Upon being named per­ma­nent Web­mas­ter, I quickly con­sol­i­dated my empire, declar­ing myself to be the Grand High Hered­i­tary Web­mas­ter of the Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. It’s a legit­i­mate title, since most of my best “web­mas­ter­ing” ideas come from our son Jakob Barnard.

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Mother-Daughter married Father-Son

Sarah Strong (1656–1733), daugh­ter of Elder John Strong (abt. 1610–1699) and Abi­gail Ford (1619–1688), mar­ried a sec­ond time after her hus­band Joseph Barnard (1650–1695) died. She had been left with 9 chil­dren liv­ing at home and one child was born six months after her husband’s death.

In Sep­tem­ber of 1698, three years to the month after her husband’s death, she mar­ried the wid­ower Cap­tain Jonathan Wells. Together they had the child David, born 31 Jan­u­ary 1700, who died soon.

Rebecca Barnard (1686–1718) was 11 years old when she became part of the com­bined house­hold of Jonathan and Sarah Wells. Jonathan Wells Jr. (1684–1735), son of Jonathan Wells and Hep­z­ibah Colton, was two years older than Rebecca, a teenager liv­ing in their same house­hold. Ten years later, on 13 March 1717/18, they mar­ried. They were not related by blood, but indeed we had mother and daugh­ter marry father and son!

Rebecca, sad to say, died 14 Novem­ber 1718, merely eight and a half months after her marriage.

The rest of this arti­cle quotes ver­ba­tim from Fran­cis Barnard (ca. 1616–1698) and his Descen­dants Part D by Dr. Walther M. Barnard, pages 1019–1020, used with per­mis­sion. This is all the infor­ma­tion he gath­ered about Rebecca, daugh­ter of Joseph Barnard and Sarah Strong.

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Alternate copies of Sarah Strong Barnard’s Birth Records

Children of Joseph and Sarah Strong Barnard

Chil­dren of Joseph and Sarah Strong Barnard

Click on either image to see it full size. Both images were taken from the Deer­field Vital Records col­lec­tions at the Wis­con­sin His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety in Madi­son, Wis­con­sin. The two records were from dif­fer­ent books. Each of the books was sorted dif­fer­ently from the other. How­ever, it appears clear that both were copied from the same orig­i­nal “Old Book” of Vital Records for Deer­field, Massachusetts.

Both had their own page num­ber­ing sys­tems, but both also label this entry as “Page 2.” Joseph Barnard was the first Town Clerk of Deer­field. It appears that the orig­i­nal Old Book had one page allo­cated to each fam­ily. When a new fam­ily had their first child, they got listed on the next empty page of the Old Book. Since Joseph prob­a­bly cre­ated the book, he nat­u­rally started the book with his own fam­ily on page 2.

The first image reads:

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

William and Kate Wedding

The British royal fam­ily on Buck­ing­ham Palace bal­cony after Prince William and Kate Mid­dle­ton were mar­ried. Kate wears a wed­ding gown by Sarah Bur­ton. Photo dated 2011-04-29 16:31 (UTC). Used with per­mis­sion from the Wikipedia arti­cle.

On March 20, 1630, the ship Mary and John departed Ply­mouth, Eng­land. The great fleet of four­teen ships and 1500 emi­grants, the “Winthrop Fleet,” were bound for New Eng­land and the Mass­a­chu­setts Bay Colony.

The ship Mary and John, Cap­tain Squeb, Mas­ter, landed at Nan­tas­ket, Mass­a­chu­setts on May 30, 1630.

Strong fam­ily tra­di­tion, based on the account writ­ten by Gov­er­nor Caleb Strong in 1777, main­tains that Elder John Strong was a pas­sen­ger on Mary and John in 1630. No defin­i­tive records exist, and there­fore we have no con­tem­po­rary proof of who was or was not aboard Mary and John in 1630.

Rev. Syd­ney Strong in the Hamp­shire Daily Gazette, April 5, 1934, Northamp­ton, MA, has this to say:

Con­sid­er­ing the com­mu­nity, the char­ac­ter of the peo­ple involved, their close and inti­mate rela­tions, it is not pos­si­ble for me to con­ceive how an idea like John Strong com­ing in 1630, with Warham, etc. could get into the mind of Gov. Strong, unless it was a fact. There were peo­ple in Northamp­ton for 100 years who would be able to cor­rect a story that John Strong came in 1630, with the Mary & John com­pany, if it weren’t true.

(From Search for the Pas­sen­gers of the Mary & John, Vol. 2, by Bur­ton Spear.)

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2012 Strong Family Reunion

2012 Reunion and Fam­ily Vacation

of the
Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of America

Join us in San­dusky, Ohio
August 10–11, 2012

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

Sandusky Ohio 1898

San­dusky Ohio 1898

Great Wolf Lodge
4600 Milan Road (US 250) – San­dusky, OH 44870 – 419–609-6000

  • Fam­ily Suites are $162.00/night (plus 11.5% tax) for two (2) Queen Beds and Pull­out Sofa Sleeper.
  • The rate includes four (4) water park passes per day.
  • The rate is guar­an­teed if reser­va­tions are made by JULY 10, 2012.
  • When mak­ing your reser­va­tion, men­tion #1208STRO.
  • Addi­tional water park passes can be pur­chased at the front desk at $25.00/ea.

(For guests that will not want water park passes)
5410 Milan Road (US250) – San­dusky, OH 44870 – 419–625-7070 then “0” (ask for Annette)

  • Rooms have two (2) Dou­ble Beds w/Complimentary Con­ti­nen­tal Breakfast.
  • Located .05 mile from Great Wolf Lodge.
  • Room Rates: $89.99/night (plus 11.5% tax)
  • Fri­day and Sat­ur­day Nights Only at this rate

Reg­is­tra­tion and Sched­ule for the Weekend

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Barnard Genealogy group on Facebook

In Memory of the First Settlers of Hartford

In Mem­ory of the First Set­tlers of Hartford

The Barnard Geneal­ogy group (click here) on Face­book is “a net­work for peo­ple research­ing the geneal­ogy of the Barnard sur­name.” It is a closed group, which merely means you need to ask the group to join. We’ll be glad to have you!

So what is the con­nec­tion to the Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica?

Since August 10, 1975, we exist to:

  • Pro­mote the recog­ni­tion of our heritage.
  • Pro­vide a means of learn­ing more of our forebears.
  • Pro­mote friend­ships among the diverse Strong family.
  • Obtain and/or pre­serve arti­facts of our heritage.
  • Pass on all the above to suc­ceed­ing generations.

Most of us descend from either Elder John Strong (ca. 1610–1699) and his first wife Margery Deane (d. with infant abt. 1635), which we call the John Strong Jr. line, or Elder John Strong and his sec­ond wife Abi­gail Ford (1619–1688) and their 16 children.

Their daugh­ter Sarah Strong (1656–1733/34) mar­ried Joseph Barnard Sr. (abt. 1650–1695), son of Fran­cis Barnard and Han­nah Meru­ell of Hadley, MA. Joseph and Sarah (Strong) Barnard are my 8th great grand­par­ents — and that is how the Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion con­nects to the Barnard genealogy!

Some time soon, per­haps this sum­mer, it may be time to cre­ate a Strong Fam­ily Asso­ci­a­tion group on Face­book. We have tried quite a num­ber of “group” things online in the past. Long ago, we had a Strong mail­ing list on one of the major online ser­vices (per­haps Geni?). We have tried mail­ing lists, bul­letin boards, and Google groups.

Face­book is here to stay, and many of us have a Face­book account. Mine is here. The Face­book groups seem very easy to use, and act pretty much like any other Face­book account. We can set the group so that it is vis­i­ble to the world at large, but only mem­bers get to post to it.

John Barnard and the Battle of Bloody Brook

Battle of Bloody Brook

Bat­tle of Bloody Brook

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Sarah Strong (1656–1733) was the daugh­ter of Elder John Strong (abt. 1610–1699) and Abi­gail Ford (1619–1688) of Northamp­ton, MA. On 13 June 1675 she mar­ried Joseph Barnard. Three months later, her brother in law, John Barnard (ca. 1646–1675), was killed by Indi­ans at the Bat­tle of Bloody Brook, on 18 Sep­tem­ber 1675. Twenty years later, on that very same day of 18 Sep­tem­ber 1695, her hus­band Joseph Barnard Sr. died after being “wounded by ye Enimie.”

Please take a moment and see the excel­lent pho­tos on Libby Klekowski’s Bat­tle of Bloody Brook page. You can see the area, the mon­u­ments, and their loca­tion to Bloody Brook in South Deer­field, Mass­a­chu­setts. I do not have per­mis­sion to take her words or her pho­tographs, which is why I am ask­ing you to look at her page before con­tin­u­ing read­ing here.

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Sarah Strong, the Barnard children, and the Raid on Deerfield

Sarah Strong (1656–1733), daugh­ter of Elder John Strong (abt. 1610–1699) and Abi­gail Ford (1619–1688), mar­ried a sec­ond time after her hus­band Joseph Barnard (1650–1695) was killed by Indi­ans. She mar­ried Cap­tain Jonathan Wells who, at age 16, had become known as the “boy hero” at the fight of Turner’s Falls.

Deer­field Raid 1704

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The raid itself was not as well coor­di­nated as other raids of the time. A few men climbed up the snow drifts and were able to cross the pal­isade. They opened the north gate of the for­ti­fied town. The attack­ers swept through the north gate and worked from house to house.

Sarah and her fam­ily lived in a for­ti­fied house at the other end of town — and thus she and the Barnards survived.

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Jonathan Wells, “Boy Hero”

Sarah Strong (1656–1733), daugh­ter of Elder John Strong (abt. 1610–1699) and Abi­gail Ford (1619–1688), mar­ried a sec­ond time after her hus­band Joseph Barnard (1650–1695) was killed by Indi­ans. She mar­ried Cap­tain Jonathan Wells/Welles who, at age 16, had become known as the “boy hero” at the fight of Turner’s Falls.

Wikipedia gives a brief account of the sit­u­a­tion:

Turner Monument

Bat­tle of Turn­ers Falls

The Bat­tle of Turner’s Falls, also known as the Peskeomp­s­cut mas­sacre, was fought on May 19, 1676, dur­ing King Philip’s War, in present-day Gill, Mass­a­chu­setts, near a falls on the Con­necti­cut River. The site is across the river from the vil­lage of Turn­ers Falls. A band of Eng­lish colonists under the com­mand of Cap­tain William Turner fell upon the poorly guarded Indian vil­lage of Peskeomp­s­cut near the falls at dawn, slaugh­ter­ing many of its inhab­i­tants. Many of the war­riors in the camp escaped, and they regrouped with those from other nearby camps to dis­pute the Eng­lish retreat, dur­ing which Turner was killed.


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