Newspaper articles can tell us about our ancestors and also the details of the cemeteries where they were buried.
“English names often startled us
as we walked through
the alleys of tombstones…”
I found this article giving a detailed tour of the Père Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetière du Père-Lachaise) written in 1822 – one of the oldest and most visited cemeteries in Paris if not the world.
Click Here: to read the complete article published in the 30 April 1822 Eastern Argus (Portland, ME).
By foreign hands thy dying eyes were clos’d,
By foreign hands thy decent limbs compos’d,
By foreign hands thy humble grave adorn’d,
By strangers honour’d, and by strangers mourn’d!
Alexander Pope “Elegy To The Memory Of An Unfortunate Lady. 1717”
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