"The legible names on the gravestones of those that were moved in 1950."
This data was collected by me in the early 1980's whichI merged with the data that Mr, John 0, Blanchard collected before 1935.* Not very legible by me in 1980, but OK in 1935 - Thank you, Mr. Blanchard.
The names of the persons on the forty-one legible Puritan Gravestones are;
Capt. Jonathan Poole (1634-1678)Momento te esse mortalem.C. ye 2d.Fugit hora.
Here lyes the body of Capt. Jonathan Poole, who deceased in the 44th year of his age, 1678.
Friends sure would prove too far unkind,If, out of sight, they leave him out of mind;And now he lyes transform'd to native dust,In earth's cold womb, as other mortals must,It's strange his matchless worth entomb'd should lye,Or that his fame should in oblivion dye.
POOLE, Capt. Jonathan, son of John and Margaret, b. 1634, probablyat . Succeeded his father on the homestead, and Cambridgealso owned, in conjunction with his son John, much land at thenorth end of the great pond extending the entire lengthof the present Bay State Road. Was the second captain of the Readingcompany. "Was much valued in Philip's Indian war;" "wasa Captain under Major Appleton, at Hadley ; " " was Presidentof a Council of War in the winter of 1675-6 ;" was selectmanjustice of the peace, and representative, and d. 1678, aged 44.By wife Judith had chil. : Sarah, b. 1656, and m. 1673, ThomasBancroft; Judith, b. 1658, and m. 1681, Wm. Hescy ; Mary, b.1660, and d. 1661 ; Mary, b. 1662, and m. 1682, James Nichols ;John, b. 1665; Jonathan, b. 1667 ; Thomas, b. 1673, and m.1695, Rebecca ; William, b. 1677; Elizabeth, b. 1678.His daughter, Sarah Poole, became the wife of Dea. & Capt. Thomas Ban-croft in 1673. They settled in the "Wood End," onland between West Streetand bounds, given to Woburnthem by their parents, and built the third house in thepresent Town of . Their daughter, Sarah Bancroft, married Lieut. Abraham Briant, and in 1694 this Readingcouple built the Parker Tavern.
John Person (1615-1679)Memento te esse mortalemFugit hora. Vive memor laethi. Fugit hora.
Here lyes ye "body of John Person, Senor. Aged64 years. Deceased Apr. ye 17, 1679.
John Person (Pearson) was granted 15 acres in 1647.He was an inhabitant of
in 1635. He and his wife, LynnMaudlin, were among the seven earliest members of thechurch in . He was a deacon from 1645 until Reddinghis death in 1679. In the records of the Essex Court,there is an inventory of his estate that mentions 30 acresof upland called the Newell Lott, 40 acres by JohnHawkes, 2 acres in the wigwams, and 80 acres beyondthe . Ipswich River
Anna Fiske (1648-1681)Here lyes the body of Anna Fiske, first wifeof Capt. John Brown, Esquire, who dyed May 30,1631, in her 35th year. (She was the dau. ofRev. John Fiske, first minister at Wenham, andof
.) She was the great-great-grandmother of Rev. Reuben Emerson. Chelmsford
Deacon Thomas Parker (1609-1683)Memento mori. Fugit hora.
Here lyeth within this arched place, ye body ofDeacon Thomas Parker, who was won of ye foundation of ye church, who dyed ye 12th of August,1683. Aged about 74.
Matthew Edwards (1631-1683)Fugit hora.
Here lyes ye body of Matthew Edwards, Aged 52y deceased Dec. 33, 1683.
Mary Bryant (1649-1689)Here lyes the body of Mary Bryant, wife toAbraham Bryant, daughter of Thomas Kendall.Aged 40 years. Dyed
March 8, 1689.
Lieutenant William Hescy (1619-1689)Here lyeth ye body of Lieutenant WilliamHescy; Aged about 70 years, deceased ye30 of May 1689.
Matthew Edwards (1656-1689)Here lies ye body of Matthew Edwards, whodyed
August 13, 1689, in ye 33d year ofhis age
Ensigne Nathaniel Goodwin (1642-1693)Here lyes ye body of Ensigne NathanielGoodwin, Aged 51 years, died ye 23 ofAugust, 1693. "The memory of the just is blessed.
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown (1637-1693)Here lies the body of Mrs. Elizabeth Brown,wife to Capt. John Brown, Esquire, formerlywife to Rev. Joseph Emerson of Mendon, whodeceased
Sept. 4, 1693, in the 56th year ofher age.Benjamin Hartshorne (1651-1694)Here lyes the body of Benjamin Kartshornewho dyed May 3, 1694, in the 41st year ofhis age.
* Rebecca Kendall (1618-1703)Rebecca Kendall, widow of Dea. Thomas Kendalldyed
July 17, 1703, aged 85 years. "Herelyeth the mother of ten who had 175 grand andgreat-grand children."
John Smith (1667-1704)Here lyeth the body of John Smith of Charlestown Bounds (now
) Aged 37 years. StonehamDied March 31, 1704.
* Mary Upham (1674-1707)Here lyeth the body of Mary Upham, wife toThomas Upham, who dyed Aoril 31, 1707, inthe 33d year of her age.
Mrs. Rebecca Brown (1633-1707)Here lyeth the body of Mrs. Rebecca Brown,late wife to Capt. John Brown, Esquire andformerly wife to Lieut. Samuel Sprague of
; dyed Malden July 8, 1710in her 77th year.* Mr. John Gould, Senr. (1643-1712)Memento mori. Fugit hora.
Here lyes the body of Mr. John Gould, Senr.Aged about 69 years, who deceased Jany. 41712.
Mr. Nicholas Brown (1677-1713)Here lies the body of Mr. Nicholas Brown,who deceased Septmber 2, 1713 in the 36th yearof his age.Mr. Nathaniel Cutler (1659-1714)Here lies the body of Mr. Nathaniel Cutler,Aged 55 years, and 2 months; who deceased
June 7, 1714. - "Blessed are the dead, whodye in the Lord."
* Thomas, son of Wm. and Abigail Hay (1704-1718)
Joseph Brown (1678-1723)Here lyes the body of Joseph Brown, whodeceased
Oct. 16, 1723in the 45th year ofhis age.
Thomas Brown (1703-1732)Here lyes the body of Thomas Brown, son ofMr. Nicholas and Mrs. Rebeckah Brown whodeceased Aoril 23, 1724, in the 21st year ofhis age.
Mr. John Bacheler (1665-1732)Here lyes what was mortal of Mr. JohnBacheler, who died
Nov. 2, 1732in the 67thyear of his age.
Lucy Emerson (1707-1735)Here lyes the body of Lucy Emerson, daughterof Mr. Peter and Mrs. Anna Emerson, who dyed
Feb. 17, 1735, aged 28 years.
John Fitch (1733-1739)John Fitch, son of Joseph Fitch, 3d.Born in
, Boston Oct. 2, 1733.Dyed in Reading July 4, 1739."For we shall see him as he is."John: iii,2.
William Emerson (1753-1753)William Emerson, son of Rev. Joseph and Mrs.Abigail Emerson (of
) died here Oct. 17, Groton1753. Aged 4 mo. and 7 days.
Mr. Thomas Fitch (of
) (1726-1754) BostonHere lyes buried the body of Mr. ThomasFitch (of ) who dyed Boston Feb. 26, 1754.Aged 28 years, 1 mo. and 13 days.
Capt. Joseph Fitch (1694-1754)Here lies the body of Capt. Joseph Fitch,who departed this life March 16, A. D. 1754,in the 60th year of his age.
* Mr. Nathaniel Bacheler (1674-1763)Nathaniel Bachelor, son of Mr. NathanielBachelor Jr. and Abigail, his wife, dyed
Oct. 4, 1754, Aged 2 years, 9 mos. 5 days.
Simeon Bacheler (1755-1755)Simeon Bacheler, son of Mr. Nathaniel Bacheler.Jr. and Mrs. Abigail, his wife, dyed
Feb. 27, 1755,Aged 4 mos. and 3 days.
Mrs. Hannah Bacheler (1681-1754)Here lyes the body of Mrs. Hannah Bacheler,consort of Mr. Nathaniel Bacheller, who departed this life
Oct. 7, 1754,in the 73d year of her age; Having lived in the marriedstate with her husband above 50 years."The memory of the just is blessed."
Mrs. Rebecca Barrett (1684-1765)Here lyes the body of Mrs. Rebecca Barrett,(formerly wife of Mr. Nicholas Brown and widowof Dea. Jona, Barrett) who died
Mar. 18, 1765in the 8lst year of her age.
Sargent Thomas Kendall (1718-1781)Sargent Thomas Kendall dyed July 32, 1781 aged63 years.
Joshua Gould, son of Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Mary Gould (1769-1772)Here lies the body of Joshua Gould, son ofMr. Joseph and Mrs. Mary Gould, who died
Aug. 25, 1772. Aged 3 yrs. 3 mos. 3 days.
John Browne, Esq., an early settler, and one of the most able, useful,and respected, died this year, March 11, aged 83. He is called "Theworshipful John Browne" in the "Indian Deed." He was buried in themost ancient burial-ground, near the site of the old Town House, wherehis grave-stone has been seen, reading as follows :
"To the memory ofCapt. John Browne, Esq., who, after he had served his generation bythe will of God, fell asleep
Mar. 11, 1717, aged abt. 83.
Witty, yet wise, grave, good, among the best,Was he; (the memory of the just is blest);Prudent, a pattern, and more I say,A hearty mourner for the sins of the day:Bless'd God, when dying, that he fear'd not death,His pious soul took wings, gave up her breath,Dropp'd here her mantle in the silent dustWhich waits the resurrection of the just."
Mr. Eaton reported that these are now all the Inscriptions to be read in the "First BurialPlace of Ancient Reading and these are fast disappearing - July 1852.
The legible names on the other gravestones are;Alden, Mrs. Betsey (1832)Alden, Solomon (1834)Bacheler, Mr. John B.
III(1782)Batts JamesBatts, Sarah (1804)Brown, Mrs. Abigil (1834)Brown, Mr. Jeremiah (1784)Brown, Mr. Jeremiah (1822)Brown, Mrs. (1822) LydiaBrown, Mrs. Ruth (1786)Brown, Mr. Thomas (1822)Bryant, Mr. Aaron (Dea. (1870)Bryant, Mrs. Rehecca P.(1868)Burditt, Mr. Joseph (1804)Burditt, Mrs. Sarah (1831)Burnham, Capt. Joshua (1818)Burnham, Mary (1826}Carter, Mary E. (1838Cunningham, Alfred (l827)Cunningham, Sarah Leavitt (1831)Damon, David (1792)Eaton, Sally (1801)Eaton, David Albert (1839)Eaton, Edmund (18OO)Eaton, Hannah .W. B. (1843)Eaton, Lilley (1812)Eaton, Mrs. Lilley (1822)Eaton, Lois E. (1837)Eaton, Lucy (1807)Eaton, Mary E. (1858)Eaton, Mrs. Minnie (?) (1865)Eaton, (l884) NancyEaton, Noah (1774 approx.)Eaton, Phebe (1793)Eaton, Sarah (1821)Eaton, Mrs. Stillman (1828)Eaton, Susanna (1828)Eaton, Victor (l847)Eaton, Zenas (1860)Emerson, Mrs. Abigail (1817)Emerson, James Bancroft (1889)Emerson, Lucy (1861)Emerson, Mrs. MargaretEmerson, Miss (1815) NancyFoster, Caleb (1817)Foster, Caleb E. (1850)Foster, Elizabeth E. (1816)Foster, Mrs. Nancy (1850)Foster, Rebeckah (1817)Gould, Joshua (1861)Gould, Louise (1860)Gould, Louise (1878)Gould, Sarah J. and Dannlel (1854 and 1856)Gould, Mrs. SarahGould, Mrs. Sarah J. (1800)Green, Mr. Arron (183O)Green, Mrs. Sarah (1812)Green, Mrs. Susan (l890)Green, Mr. Wllliam (1772)Green, William (1772)Hart, Abigail (1803)Hart, Mrs, Abraham (l833)Hart, Belinda (1799)Hart, Hon. John (1835)Hart, John Jr. (18l0)Hart, Josie, June, JosleHart, Mary (18l2)Hart, Mrs. Mary (1838)Hart, William (1800)Hawkes, Adam (1765-1831)*Hawkes, Adam (1714-1773)* ggg grand father of Adam Hawkes of SaugusHawkes, Mrs. Anna (1782-1815)*Hawkes, Gilman (1832-1826)*Hawkes, Lydla (1721-1791)*Hawkes, Sarah (1767-1810)*
Among those moved in 1950 was the gravestone of Adam Hawkes (1714-1773). Adam Hawkes was the great, great, great grandson of Adam Hawkes (1605-1672) who was the first white settler in
where iron ore from his property was used at the "Saugus Iron Works" (1642-1663). This Adam Hawkes was also the great grandson of John Adams the second President of the Saugus . As a delegate from United States to the Continental Congress, he played a leading role in persuading Congress to declare independence and assisted Thomas Jefferson in drafting the Declaration of Independence. Massachusetts
Johnson, Clarisaa. (18l3) and George PrentissJohnson, Mary (1804)Loring, A.M.Loring, Geo. H.M.Mellen Rev. John - missingMellen, Rebecca (1807) - missingOliver, BenjaminOliver, Bertha W. (1882)Oliver, Estella E. (1865)Oliver, LucyParker, Jacob (1797)Parker, Jacob, Jr. (1794)Parker, Mrs. Lucretia (1822)Parker,
(1802) LydiaParker, Martha (1826)Parker, Miss Patty (18O9)Parker, Thomas (1792)Pool, Mr. Jonathan, Jr (1791)Pool, Mrs. Sarah (1860)Pool, Samuel (1773)Pratt, Jonathan (1858)Prentlss, Rev, Caleb (1803)Prentiss, Caleb (1803)Prentiss, George (1789)Prenciss, Sophia (l807)Prentiss, William (1806)Putnam, DanielRayner, Mrs Abigail (1792)Rayner, Mr. Thomas (l804) Richardson, Mr. John (1810) , Mrs. Richardson (1789) LydiaRussell, V. (1869) AdelaideRussell, George L. (1865)Russell, Samuel M. (1869)Sawyer, Isaac (1886)Skinner, (1871) ?Skinner, Phebe S. (1883) ?Skinner, Thomas B. (1875)Smith, Samuel (1850)
Stoddard, George W., my 6th cousin, George Washington Stoddard b: 1 June 1841 Wakefield, MA, d: 09 Apr 1897 Wakefield, MAStoddard, Harry, my 6th cousin, Henry Farnum Stoddard, b: 22 January 1839, d: 9 Jan 1865 Stoneham, MABoth sons of Farnum W. Stoddard, of Templeton, MA (1811-1844) and Emily O. Larraby of Lynnfield MA (1816-1894)
Sweetser, Abraham (1863)Sweetser, Bradley V, (l840)Sweetser, Clarissa (1846)Sweetser, Cornelius (1847)Sweetser, Cyrus (1801)Sweetser, Miss Laura (1805)Sweetser, Mrs. (1827) LydiaSweetser, Mrs. Mary (1786) John (1785) Lemuel (1776)Sweetser, Phebe (1853)Thompson, C. T.Vinton, John (1822) Mary (1834)Vinton, John (1851) (1798) Vinton, LydiaWalton, Benjamin (1884)Walton, Miss Betsey (1822)Walton, Oliver (1845) Mary (1850) Rebekah (1850)Walton, Mrs. Sarah (1820)Williams, (1836) ChesterWilliams, Mrs. Hannah (1831)Williams, Mrs, Susanna (1803) and infant childWilliams, William (1813)
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