Cemetery Trust FundsThis page lists the Cemetery Trust Funds known to have been started on the Cranberry Isles.
Note from Selectman Richard Beal
Marr-McSorley-MacFarland-Beal Cemetery Trust Fund
Vivian Gray and Eleanor Spurling Cemetery Trust Fund
Also see this mention of fund for Bunker Cemetery
... In reviewing your listing of cemetery trust funds, I regret that it is not complete. I refer you to the Town's Annual Report where each year our Town Auditor reports on each trust, but for a brief overview I list below the individual funds:
The Marr-McSorley-MacFarland-Beal Cemetery Trust FundAs reported in the 1985 Town of Cranberry Isles Report:
20. Shall the Town of Cranberry Isles accept the proposed donation of $5,000. and thereafter serve as trustee for the Marr-McSorley-MacFarland-Beal Cemetery Trust Fund?
[Voted YES. Note that Macfarlan is spelled wrong (as "MacFarland") in the town report. -BK]
21. Shall the Town of Cranberry Isles accept the proposed donation of $1,000. and thereafter serve as trustee for the Vivian Gray and Eleanor Spurling Cemetery Trust fund?
[Voted YES. -BK]
By Connee Jellison
The Maine Old Cemetery Association newsletter, Fall issue, has some Maine laws pertaining to cemeteries. Readers will be interested in Chapter 83, maintenance and repairs, Town: "In any ancient or public burying ground in which any Revolutionary soldiers or soldier or sailor who served in the U.S. Army, Navy, or Marine Corps in any war is buried, the town in which said burying ground is located shall keep in good condition and repair all graves, headstones, monuments or markers designating the burial places of said serviceman or woman, shall keep grass suitably cut and trimmed on such graves in summer. Towns may raise and appropriate money for such services. Each town shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $100 for neglect to keep in good condition and repair all such graves, headstones, monuments and markers or failing to keep the grass cut on the graves."
Other laws included in the newsletter cover family burial grounds and use of unoccupied interment spaces in cemeteries.
Those interested in the entire issue may inquire at MOCA, Route 1, Box 96, Searsport, 04974.
[That latter address seems to be obsolete, a different address is listed on the MOCA website. -BK]