"Whilhelmine Garant 1858-1910"
"Jule N. Garant 1880-1911"
These two gravestones were recorded by Matthew Labbe during a 1999 survey of an overgrown part of St. Augustin Cemetery in Manchester, N.H.
These are two of twenty-five stones found by Matthew, of which he was able to make out only 17 inscriptions.
Last fall the church, in their attempt to sub-divide and sell this portion of the cemetery (zoned for high-density development), removed the gravestones to the back of a maintenance shed.
Cemetery workers then took the claw of their backhoe to the ground in an attempt to determine if human remains could be found. No bones were found, although they desecrated nearly every gravesite with their backhoe.
Neighbors and local historians have complained and the case has now been handed over to the New Hampshire Attorney General.
Local historian Dick Duckoff found records compiled by the American-Canadian Genealogical Society that shows 11 of the deceased were buried at St. Augustin Cemetery. He has found additional information that shows that Works Progress Administration workers noted the stones in a 1938 survey of cemetery inscriptions at St. Augustin Cemetery and other city cemeteries. He estimates as many as 39 graves could be in the area.
For more information you can search our local newspaper, THE UNION LEADER. Their website is unionleader.com
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