Cranberry Isles Cemeteries
Hancock County, Maine

a service of
V. F. Thomas Co. - 183 Pleasant Street, Apartment 1 - Canton, Maine  04221
info@vfthomas.com - 207-266-5748

(updated 22 June 2014)

Welcome to the Cranberry Isles Cemeteries website. The purpose of this site is to provide basic cemetery information and pertinent notes so individual researchers will not have to “reinvent the wheel” by tracking down the same material that others have already found.

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Below are the names of cemeteries of Cranberry Isles. Click on any name and you will be taken to an entry for that cemetery. At the end of some of the entries is a link to information on some or all the gravestones and other markers in that cemetery.

Baker Island Cemetery
Bunker Cemetery
Bunker and Olson Graves
Catholic Cemetery
Harding Point Cemetery
Merrill Family Burial Ground
Preble Cemetery
Sand Beach Cemetery
Sawtelle Graves
Spurling Cemetery
Spurling Point Cemetery
Standley Grave
Stanley Cemetery
Stanley-Gilley Cemetery
Stanley-Hadlock Cemetery
Sutton Island Cemetery


Baker Island Cemetery
   Other name(s). Gilley Cemetery (source: 1983 USGS 15' topographic map of Baker Island quadrangle)
   Location. In a field, near the northwest shore of Baker Island.
   Directions. From the cobble beach on the north shore of the island, follow the trail leading toward the interior of the island. At a concrete post, turn right and follow this trail to the cemetery.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 1999)

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Bunker Cemetery
   Location. Along main road, Great Cranberry.
   Directions. From the town dock, walk straight ahead on the paved road. Soon the road curves to the left and then generally runs straight. The cemetery is along the right side of the road.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Bunker and Olson Graves
   Location. Great Cranberry.
   Directions. From the town dock, walk straight ahead on the paved road. Soon the road rises and curves to the left. After the curve is a field on the right. Turn right onto the first driveway and in approximately 85 feet on the left is a (perhaps mowed) path leading about 25 feet to the graves.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Catholic Cemetery
   Location. Little Cranberry.
   Directions. From the boat dock, follow the paved road to the left. In a short distance after passing a white church on the left, bear left at a fork in the road. Immediately before a small, shingled chapel on the left, follow a trail to the Merrill Family Burial Ground. This cemetery is adjacent to the further side of the Merrill Family Burial Ground.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Harding Point Cemetery
   Location. Harding Point, Great Cranberry.
   Directions. From the town dock, walk straight ahead on the main road. Soon the road rises, curves to the left, and then runs more or less straight. From this straight section, turn left onto the paved road across from the tennis court. Follow this road generally downhill through several gentle curves and then a sharp curve to the left followed by a more or less straight section, and then another sharp curve, this time to the right. After this sharp curve and immediately before the pavement ends, turn right onto a dirt road. The third (June 2000) driveway (near telephone pole 2 1/2) on the left leads to the cemetery, which is on the left of this drive in approximately 250 feet.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Merrill Family Burial Ground
   Location. Little Cranberry.
   Directions. From the boat dock, follow the paved road to the left. In a short distance after passing a white church on the left, bear left at a fork in the road. Immediately before a small, shingled chapel on the left, follow a trail to the cemetery.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Preble Cemetery
   Location. Great Cranberry.
   Directions. From the town dock, walk straight ahead on the paved road. Soon the road curves to the left and then generally runs straight and is relatively level. Just as the road begins to rise, there is a tennis court on the right. Turn right onto a gravel road immediately after the tennis court. In less than 150 feet a path on the left leads to the cemetery.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Sand Beach Cemetery
   Location. Little Cranberry.
   Directions. From the town dock, walk through the field toward the right to a paved road. Turn right onto this road, and the cemetery is along the left (east) side of the road.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Sawtelle Graves
   Location. Little Cranberry.
   Directions. As you approach the town dock from the water, you will see the Islesford Historical Museum, a brick building, to the left. The graves are directly behind the museum.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Spurling Cemetery
   Location. Great Cranberry.
   Directions. From the town dock, walk straight ahead on the main road and, in approximately 300 feet, turn onto the first road on the right. In about 400 feet, the cemetery is set back from the left side of the road.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 29 August 1999)

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Spurling Point Cemetery (cemetery in 2000)
   Location. Great Cranberry.
   Directions. Immediately after leaving the town dock, turn right onto a flat-topped cobble ridge. In approximately 300 feet, the path along the ridge is blocked by rugosa rose. Step down onto the beach and continue in the same direction for another 50 feet until there is access to the field on the left. Follow the shore side of the field, and in about 100 feet, the stones will be visible on the left. In both 1999 and 2000, an American flag has marked one of the graves.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 2000)

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Standley Grave
   Location. Little Cranberry.
   Directions. From the town dock, walk through the field toward the right to a paved road. Turn right onto this road and follow it past Sand Beach Cemetery to the end of the pavement. Continue straight on a gravel road, and the grave is set back approximately 60 feet from the left (east) side of the road on a little rise.
   Name and date on gravestone (complete as of 24 June 2000)

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Stanley Cemetery
   Location. Bulger Hill, Great Cranberry.
   Directions. From the town dock, walk straight ahead on the paved road. Soon the road curves to the left and then generally runs straight. Beyond the Bunker Cemetery is a long stretch of relatively straight, flat road with fields and/or lawns on one or both sides. After this open, flat area, the road rises and curves to the left. In a short distance on the right is a dirt drive whose entrance is flanked by stone monuments. Turn right onto this drive and follow it until a less-traveled grassy road on the right leads to the cemetery.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Stanley-Gilley Cemetery
   Location. Little Cranberry.
   Directions. From the boat dock, follow the paved road to the left. In a short distance after passing a white church on the left, bear left at a fork in the road. The cemetery is along the left side of the road immediately after a small, shingled chapel.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Stanley-Hadlock Cemetery
   Location. Northwest end of Little Cranberry, near Hadlock Point.
   Directions. From the boat dock, follow the paved road to the left. Turn of this road onto the second paved road on the left. At the first intersection (with a paved road to the right and a gravel road to the left), turn left. Watch on the right in approximately 75 feet for a mowed path that leads to the cemetery.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 4 September 1999)

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Sutton Island Cemetery
   Location. Sutton Island.
   Directions. From the dock, follow a trail straight ahead and the cemetery is on the left.
   Names and dates on gravestones and other markers (complete as of 31 July 1999)