Yes! We did go to the monument. Nancy Auclair and her husband were kind enough to take us there. Nancy's a cousin a long way back and it was fun to meet them as well as to visit the monument. My 90-year-old mother Helen provided Perley with a lot of research for his book and she was also a friend of Ruth Froeberg who also supplied research for the book. She was with me when we visited the monument and since she spent about 25 years researching her family, I was so pleased to be able to take her there to see it. It was wonderful as we only just discovered about three weeks before we left for Maine that it was still viable so in all this discovery and seeing it was completely exhilarating!
Does the Leighton CD version have a search available? I have the books. My mother purchased them for me some years ago but I was hoping with new technology might come new features. The map sounds interesting. I wonder if it's available online.
Thanks for your note. Right now, we are looking into what it would take to raise John Leighton's stone and are trying to find out exactly where he lived and died. His is the stone lying near the monument. The other important thing on my mind is finding out who Joanna is...
Let me say here for others who may read this to know, that I have not only privately thanked Nancy Auclair and her husband for caring so much to drive what has been many miles and spend their own money and time to care for and clean the monument, but I also want to say that the Robert Simpsons, on whose land the monument stands, are equally as wonderful for caring about this small bit of history that's so important to a few of us. They are farmers and they do not farm the land around the monument [which sits in the middle of a field] and further, they keep it mowed so the grasses and weeds don't fill in. All in all, this memorial that Mary Leighton Rollins' family erected in the 1800s [at her bequest] has several wonderful present-day caregivers. We can only hope that as the years go by, others will care to preserve this part of our history. I certainly hope so.
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