Every year, the Daughters of the American Revolution visit our grave yard before Memorial Day to put up flags on the graves of veterans. One of the veterans is Jasper Provost. The inscription on his grave stone reads that he â€œdied July 5, 1851, in the 93rd year of his age, Soldier of the Revolutionâ€. His grave is next to the grave of his wife, Catherine. Her grave, however, no longer has a headstone.
Over the years, a large maple tree had grown from the Jasper Provost grave with the branches hanging over the fence on Neilson Street. During the winter of 2005-06, this tree fell into the intersection of Patterson and Neilson Streets and was removed. However, as the stump was right next to the Provost headstone, the stone had to be removed as well.
It spent one year leaning against another stone so that rain water was easily diverted. On May 25, 2007, this finally changed. Mark Nonestied from the Middlesex Cultural and Heritage Commission came and reset it for us. I was happy to assist, and Josh Bernhofer had provided the necessary 50 lbs. of pebble and 50 lbs. of acid-free sand. Today the stone is back in place; the flag was there just in time for Memorial Day, and I had learned a lot from Mark about the art of setting an old marble stone.
On behalf of us all – I am grateful for his generous help.