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Ask a Genealogist: Looking for a gravestone in Carver, Massachusetts.

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Question:

I have found the grave of Patience Bumpus Badger, Union Cemetery Carver Massachusetts. But can not locate graves of Edward Badger, or Sarah Badger. I know she died in 1861 in Carver. One census list her as a pauper. I have contacted Carver Library. Can you offer a suggestion.

Answer:

If you know the denomination for the family you might find reference to a church burying her. I would imagine if she was a pauper there is simply no gravestone. I would contact the town clerk in Carver for her death in 1861. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts did not require place of burial on the state return of vital records at that point in time.  However the town copy should indicate where the individual was buried. You can reach the Town Clerk in Carver at (508) 866-3403.  Here are also the cemeteries for Carver, Massachusetts from my book A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (Boston: NEHGS, 2009).

• Center Cemetery (1811) Main Street
• Central Cemetery, Cranberry Rd.
• East Carver Cemetery (aka) Wenham Cemetery (1770) Rte. 44, East Carver.
• Lakenham Cemetery (aka) North Cemetery (1718) Center and Main Sts., North Carver.
• Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (1920) Center St.
• Union Cemetery (1777) South Main St., South Carver.
• Wenham Road Cemetery (1770) Plymouth St. and Wenham Rd., East Carver.

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