The Harding Point Cemetery
Great Cranberry Island, Maine

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Compiled by
Bruce Komusin
Great Cranberry Island Historical Society
15 July 1999

read the report
names in alphabetical order
virtual tour: "stroll through" the cemetery

The Harding Point Cemetery is situated in a quiet secluded spot, close to the shore on Harding Point, the northeastern corner of the island.  Starting from the Town Dock, go about 0.25 miles down the main road to the first paved road on the left, just past the tennis court, which is Harding Point Road -- although there's no sign to indicate it.  Then go about 0.3 miles down that winding road until you come to telephone pole #22, just before the end of the asphalt paving.  There you will see a dirt road that bears off to the right.  Go down that road until you come to the second dirt driveway leading off to the left, which is just by telephone pole #2 1/2.  Enter the driveway, and the cemetery is about 100 yards in, on the left -- before you come to the associated house.

Grave Site Layout

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LEGEND:
= wooden post marking boundary of cemetery
= stone with name(s) and dates
= minor stone or footstone all lie to the east of corresponding

The Harding Point Cemetery is rectangular in shape, 57 feet long and 39 feet wide.  It is not surrounded by a fence.  Instead, there are turned wooden posts, painted white, at each corner, with three additional similar posts along each side (16 posts in all) to give a sense of enclosure.

Within the cemetery, one memorial stone is mounted on a unique raised plot, consisting of a 12-foot square fieldstone walled enclosure about 1.5 feet high, filled with earth.

Inscriptions

The following list gives our best rendering of all the inscriptions.  Most all stones are in fairly good condition (although a few have toppled over) and the inscriptions are still easily readable without resorting to rubbings.

All stones face west.

A
A-1
LYLE
Son of
Mr. & Mrs. Frank L.
Stanley
1902 - 1911

LS   [footstone]

A-2
LESTER   [top]
Son of
Mr. & Mrs. Frank L.
Stanley
June 1 - Sept. 13
1911

A-3
<F-L-T in three chain links>
IN MEMORY
OF
GILBERT MOORE STANLEY
1868 - 1933

I am the resurrection and the life.

A-4
BERTHA E.
Wife of
Gilbert M. Stanley
Died
June 2, 1899
AE. 20 yrs. 7mos.

[on base]
One precious to our hearts has gone
The voice we loved is stilled
The place made vacant in our home
Shall never more be filled.

BES   [footstone]

A-5
[American Legion medal and 2 flags]
BERTIE MOORE STANLEY
May 23, 1899
Dec. 18, 1918

He gave his life for his country.

B
B-1
CAPT.
THOS. MANCHESTER
DIED
Jan 26, 1861
AE. 92 yrs. 3 mos.
HANNAH
His Wife
DIED
Nov. 13, 1861
AE. 87 yrs. 5 mos.

TM & HM   [footstone]


Apparently Capt. Manchester's stone (above) is a replacement to the original stone, which broke.  The original broken stone was found while the Wadsworths were building their nearby house, and was built flat to the ground into the the path leading to the house.  It carries the same information as the duplicate stone, but also has an inscription, as follows:

The day is past and gone,
The evening shades appear,
Oh may we all remember well,
The night of death draws near.


B-3
GILMAN J.
Son of Jonathan R. &
Irene Stanley,
Drowned in the
Straits of Belleisle,
June 18, 1861
AE. 16 yrs. 8 mos. 28 d's

Break not the turf for me, dear friend,
Nor part the dewy sod.
My body rests beneath the surf,
My spirit with its God.

B-4
<flower>
MARGARET S.
WIFE
OF
Saml. S. Fernald
DIED
Aug. 30, 1867
AE. 27 ys. 2 m. 22 d.

One we loved has left our number
For the dark and silent tomb.
Closed her eyes in deathless slumber
Faded in her early bloom.

B-5
HILDA A. SPURLING   [flat stone]
1902 - 1987

B-6
Infant Son of
E.A. & H.A.
Spurling
DIED
Jan. 3, 1925

B-10
<2 horizontal ferns>
FRANK L.
1865 - 1945
HIS WIFE
MAGGIE M.
1871 - 1954
STANLEY

C
C-1
[The Harding stone is mounted on top of the perimeter of a 12-foot by 12-foot stone enclosure, similar to a small fence, 1.5 feet tall.  The enclosure is filled with earth.  There is a flag poked into the earth behind the stone.]

<F-L-T in three chain links>
RICHARD J. HARDING
Born March 22, 1851.
Died Feb. 21, 1910.

DELLIE A. HIS WIFE
Born June 1, 1852.
Died Dec. 9, 1941.

HARDING   [on base]

C-3
IRENE
wife of
JNO. R. STANLEY
DIED
Aug. 12, 1889
AE. 82 ys, 5 ms
GONE HOME

C-4
FATHER   [top]
Capt.   [fallen over]
JNO. R. STANLEY
DIED
Apr. 27, 1895
AE. 91 yrs. 6 mos.
At rest.

JRS   [footstone]

C-6
<F-L-T in three chain links>   [fallen over]
WILFRED S.
1869 - 1911
SADIE A. HIS WIFE
1879 -

TRUSSELL   [on base]

C-7
OSCAR S. BULGER
OCT. 28, 1872
JUNE 20, 1943


C-8
PAUL A. PHIPPEN   [flat stone, 2 flags]
1926 - 1985

C-9
LESLIE R. PHIPPEN   [flat stone, 2 flags]
1899 - 1986

D
D-7
MOTHER
MILLIE A.
BULGER
1882 - 1976

+ end of inscriptions +

NOTES:
On the east side of the cemetery, loosely scattered on the ground, are the following items:

  • footstone "E. M. S." very clearly carved.
    But no headstone bears a name matching these initials; this is a mystery.

  • footstone "S. S. F." apparently of Samuel S. Fernald.
    Although there is apparently no stone for him, he is mentioned on B-4, the stone of his wife, Margaret S. Fernald.  He probably died after his wife and was buried near or next to her without his own stone.

  • footstone "G. J. S." apparently of Gilman J. Stanley, B-3.
    The middle initial is not very clear, it just looks like a straight vertical line; the hook of the "J" is not too pronounced, but it is probably a "J".

Harding Point Cemetery


Table of Names in Alphabetical Order

This table duplicates all the names mentioned in the inscriptions, but here they're in alphabetical order by family name, so you can find a particular name easily by eye.  Click the grave coordinate -- immediately to the left of the given name -- to see the inscription.

Please be aware that a person may be mentioned on more than one inscription.  They may have their own stone, as well as being mentioned on another stone as "son of ..." or "father of ..." for example.  However, the table has only one link to an inscription.  It may not be the only reference.  So study the inscriptions carefully for multiple references.

Stones with "dau. of ..." are especially useful as they reveal a woman's maiden name.  Where possible, I've listed women under both their maiden and married names.

Family members were often buried close to each other.  Note but don't click on the grave coordinate immediately to the left of the given name.  Then click on the cemetery name just to the left of that, to go to the grave site layout, and click on nearby stones to see their inscriptions.

CEM_LOC GIVEN FAMILY BORN DIED AGE NOTES
    * 0 0 -1 Harding Point Cemetery database last updated 15 July 1999
Harding D-7 Millie A. Bulger 1882 1976 94 wife of Oscar S. Bulger, mother of Margery Phippen
Harding C-7 Oscar S. Bulger 10-28-1872 6-20-1943 70 husb. of Millie A. Bulger, father of Margery Phippen
Harding B-4 Margaret S. Fernald 1840 8-30-1867 27y 2m 22d wife of Saml. S. Fernald
Harding B-4 Samuel S. Fernald       cited as husb. of Margaret S. Fernald
Harding C-1 Dellie A. Harding 6-1-1852 12-9-1941 89 wife of Richard J. Harding
Harding C-1 Richard J. Harding 3-22-1851 2-21-1910 58 husb. of Dellie A. Harding
Harding B-1 Capt. Thomas Manchester 1768 1-26-1861 92y 3m husb. of Hannah Manchester
Harding B-1 Hannah Manchester 1774 1861 87y 5m wife of Capt. Thos. Manchester
Harding C-9 Leslie R. Phippen 1899 1986 87  
Harding C-8 Paul A. Phippen 1926 1985 59  
Harding B-5 Hilda A. Spurling 1902 1987 85  
Harding B-6 infant Spurling   1-3-1925 0 son of E.A. & H.A. Spurling
Harding A-4 Bertha E. Stanley 1878 6-2-1899 20y 7m wife of Gilbert Moore Stanley
Harding A-5 Bertie Moore Stanley 5-23-1899 12-18-1918 19 veteran; prob. son of Gilbert M. & Bertha E. Stanley
Harding C-4 Capt. Jonathan R. Stanley 1803 4-27-1895 91y 6m husb. of Irene Stanley
Harding B-10 Frank L. Stanley 1865 1945 80 husb. of Maggie M. Stanley
Harding A-3 Gilbert Moore Stanley 1868 1933 65 husb. of Bertha E. Stanley
Harding B-3 Gilman J. Stanley 1844 6-18-1861 16y 8m 28d son of Jonathan R. & Irene Stanley
Harding C-3 Irene Stanley 1807 8-12-1889 82y 5m wife of Capt. Jonathan R. Stanley
Harding A-2 Lester Stanley 6-1-1911 9-13-1911 0 infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank L. Stanley
Harding A-1 Lyle Stanley 1902 1911 9 son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank L. Stanley
Harding B-10 Maggie M. Stanley 1871 1954 83 wife of Frank L. Stanley
Harding C-6 Sadie A. Trussell 1879     wife of Wilfred S. Trussell; probably died after 1911
Harding C-6 Wilfred S. Trussell 1869 1911 42 husb. of Sadie A. Trussell


Variations of Names Mentioned on the Stones

If a search engine brings you to this page, please scan the Table of Names in Alphabetical Order to find the person you're looking for.  The following list is not for human consumption.  It has several variations on all the names mentioned on the stones, for the benefit of web search engines such as AltaVista.

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Lyle Stanley, L. Stanley
Frank L. Stanley, Frank Stanley, F.L. Stanley, F. L. Stanley, F. Stanley
Lester Stanley, L. Stanley
Gilbert Moore Stanley, Gilbert M. Stanley, Gilbert Stanley, G.M. Stanley, G. M. Stanley, G. Stanley
Bertha E. Stanley, Bertha Stanley, B.E. Stanley, B. E. Stanley, B. Stanley
Bertie Moore Stanley, Bertie M. Stanley, Bertie Stanley, B.M. Stanley, B. M. Stanley, Bert Moore Stanley, Bert M. Stanley, Bert Stanley
Thomas Manchester, T. Manchester, Thom. Manchester, Tom Manchester
Hannah Manchester, H. Manchester
Gilman J. Stanley, Gilman Stanley, G.J. Stanley, G. J. Stanley
Jonathan R. Stanley, Jonathan Stanley, J.R. Stanley, J. R. Stanley, J. Stanley, Jon. R. Stanley, Jon. Stanley
Irene Stanley, I. Stanley
Margaret S. Fernald, Margaret Fernald, M.S. Fernald, M. S. Fernald, M. Fernald
Samuel S. Fernald, Samuel Fernald, S.S. Fernald, S. S. Fernald
Hilda A. Spurling, Hilda Spurling, H.A. Spurling, H. A. Spurling, H. Spurling
Maggie M. Stanley, Maggie Stanley, M.M. Stanley, M. M. Stanley
Richard J. Harding, Richard Harding, R.J. Harding, R. J. Harding, R. Harding, Dick Harding
Dellie A. Harding, Dellie Harding, D.A. Harding, D. A. Harding, D. Harding
Wilfred S. Trussell, Wilfred Trussell, W.S. Trussell, W. S. Trussell, W. Trussell
Sadie A. Trussell, Sadie Trussell, S.A. Trussell, S. A. Trussell, S. Trussell
Oscar S. Bulger, Oscar Bulger, O.S. Bulger, O. S. Bulger, O. Bulger
Paul A. Phippen, Paul Phippen, P.A. Phippen, P. A. Phippen, P. Phippen
Leslie R. Phippen, Leslie Phippen, L.R. Phippen, L. R. Phippen, L. Phippen
Millie A. Bulger, Millie Bulger, M.A. Bulger, M. A. Bulger, M. Bulger

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