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|Source: Boston Evening Post - Massachusetts
Dated: May 2, 1774
At Dunstable, in New Hampshire, Mrs. Rebecca Blanchard,
aged 63, Widow of the late Hon. Joseph Blanchard, Esq; of
New Hampshire Gazette - New Hampshire
Dated: Oct. 23, 1849
In North Hampton, Oct. 16th of
consumption, Mrs. Mary Ann WENTHWORT, age 21. Oct.
11th, Annah GREEN, aged 1 year and 7 months, only daughter of
Mr. David G. Dow.
In Dover, Miss Dorinda Maria YORK, aged 28,
daughter of Mr. Thomas YORK.
In Gilmanton, Mr. Reuben S. FOLSOM,
In Conway, Mr. Barnard DOUGLASS, aged 37,
formerly of Portland, Me.
In Ossipee, Capt. Amos HODGDON, aged 50
In Raymond, Mrs. Sarah Tilton,
aged 75, wife of Dea. Daniel TILTON.
In Plaistow, Miss Martha C. DAVIS, aged 15.
In North Hampton, Oct. 11, Capt.
John TOWLE, aged 55.
|Source: New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, NH) Page 1
Dated: Aug. 19, 1875
For the New
Mortuary No. 1.
To guard properly
and care for the resting-places of our dead is alike the dictate of
affection, Christianity and our common humanity. This s the
duty first of friends and families; but these all die, while the
towns, the State remain. Who then shall supply the place of
friends and discharge their duties in this respect, if not the
towns? And should they not be compelled by law to do this?
I think they should. In a neighboring town a few years ago I
was surprised to see the principal burying place for the dead
growing up to brushes, fences in decay, cattle grazing among and
injuring the monuments, the doors of the tombs broken in and the
coffins in plains sight of the passerby. It is a burning shame
and disgrace to towns that tolerate such things. Only a few
yeas ago the largest burying ground in Keene was in almost as bad
condition; but thanks to the perseverance of a a few, there has been
a great change in public opinion in this respect, and Keene is now
doing her whole duty to her dead.
As centennials are in order this year perhaps there will be
no more appropriate time than the present to have a talk about "our
old burying-grounds" in Keene, those first used for that purpose
more than a century ago; and as it is told us that in stones there
are "sermons," I will give you a copy of the inscriptions upon all
the monuments, hoping that all who re4ad them may be the better for
it, and I am certain if they follow the advice thereon given they
will be happier in this world and no worse off in the world to come.
In find in the records of the proprietors of
............................................ MORE TO COME UPON
The following are the
inscriptions copied from the thirteen old slate monuments brought
from the old burying ground, and now in the new cemetery. I
have numbered them, to keep them distinct: -
- No. 1. - Elizabeth Sumner
- No. 2. - William Sumner
- No. 3. - In memory of Abner, son of Mr. Nathan Blake,
who died July 7th, 1766, in the 6th year of his age.
- No. 4. - Here lies the body of Elizabeth, eldest daughter
of the Revd. Clement and Mrs. Elizabeth Sumner, who departed
this life Feb. 26th A. D. 1767, aged 7 years and 4 days.
In the midst of life we are in death,
O happy child, how soon they race was run!
Now free from anxious care and sorrow,
While with thy Saviour and forever blest.
- No. 5. - In memory of ye widow Betsey Fairbanks, ye wife of
Capt. Nathan Fairbanks; she decd. Feb. ye 26th, 1772, in ye
69th year of her age.
- No. 6. - Here lies the body of William, Eldest son of the
Rev. Clement and Mrs. Elizabeth Sumner, who died Dec. 13,
1765, the day of his birth.
Time how short, eternity how long.
- No. 7. - In memory of Mrs. Zipporah, wife of MR. Ezra
Harvey, who decd. Oct. ye 30th, 1778, in ye 27th year of
- No. 8. - In memory of Zipporah, daughter of Mr. Ezra
Harvey and Elizabeth, his wife; she died January 21st, 1778,
aged 2 years 7 mo. 21 dayes.
- No. 9. - In memory of David Baker, son of Thomas Baker,
Esq., and Mrs. Sarah, his wife, who died Jan. ye 27th,
1789, in ye 20th year of his age.
Time was I stood where thou dost now,
And viewed the dead as thou dost me."
Ere long thou'lt lie as low as I,
And others stand and look on thee.
- No. 10. - Capt. Ephraim Dorman, died May 7th, 1795, aged
85. Capt. Dorman was one the first settlers and an
original proprietor of the town of Keene.
- No. 11. - Mrs. Hepzibar Dorman.
- No. 12. - In memory of Mrs. Abigail, wife of Genl.
James Reed, who departed this life August 27th, 1791, in the
68th year of her age.
There's nothing here but who as nothing weighs.
The more our joy the more we know it's value;
Lose then from earth the grasp of fond desire.
Weigh anchor and some happier clime explore.
Mrs. Abigail Reed.
- No. - 13. - Mememto Mori. This stone is erected to
perpetuate the memory of Madam Ruth Whitney, who departed
this life in the 72d year of her age. She was successively
married to the Revd. David Stearns of Luningburg, and the
Revd. Aaron Whitney, of Petersham, both of whom she survived.
For diligence, patience, piety and knowledge, she was eminently
distinguished. As this stone cannot tell all her virtues,
suffice to say that as a wife, she was prudent and faithful; as a
mother, discreet and tender; as a neighbor, friendly and charitable;
as a Christian, intelligent and exemplary. A life thus spent
terminated with composure on the first of November, 1788.
|Source: New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, NH) Page: 1
Dated: Dec. 3, 1875
For the New Hampshire
The old burying ground on Washington
street has been used as a place for burying the dead since the year
1788 - that is, for the last eighty-seven years. I remember
almost every one that has been interred here in the last fifty
years, and the number is between two and three thousand. As I
first remember it, it was surrounded on all sides with a stone wall,
the same kind that may be found to-day on almost all our hill farms.
There was a small building in the back part of the yard, painted
black, to keep the tools in for digging the graves, also for storing
the biers. There were to biers, one for adults and one for
children. At a funeral the coffin was placed on the bier and a
black cloth, called a pall, spread over it. Eight persons were
selected, called the pall-bearers, four to carry the body, the other
four to walk on before to assist when necessary - the mourners and
friends following behind on foot. Thus the funeral procession
moved along until it reached the grave, when the last ceremony was
performed, the church bell tolling all the while. In those
days the bell was also tolled in the morning of the day of the
funeral as a notice to the people of the town that a funeral was to
take place on that day. After striking the bell a few times in
the morning of the day of the funeral, the age and sex was struck -
if for a male, one blow; if for a female, two; then the number of
blows corresponding to the number of years the person had lived.
So the bell tolled its story and those hearing its sound could tell
who was to be buried on that day.
About forty years ago the town voted to build a hearse;
after that the bier was seldom used. If any of the young
people have the curiosity to see these old relics they can be found
in the hearse house at the new cemetery on Beaver street. In
former times not only the relatives but the neighbors and friends of
the dead considered it not only a privilege but a duty to attend the
funeral, and it was almost always necessary to borrow chairs from
all the houses in the neighborhood for the occasion. How it is
now Too often you are told, "this is a private funeral," as
much as to say we don't want you to come. Thirty years ago a
first class funeral charge was from ten to fifteen dollars; now it
is from fifty to one hundred, and in the large cities sometimes
going up to several hundreds. Why this extravagance?
There should be a reformation in this respect. No doubt the
preacher told the truth when he told his congregation that a large
proportion of them were not fit to die, and he might also have
added, the balance could not afford to (at present prices of
coffins.) I have been present at a funeral in New York City
where the casket trimmings were plated with pure gold and an extra
carriage was necessary to transport the flowers; at another when the
expense of the flowers alone was said to have been not less than
five thousand dollars; at another, that of a poor Catholic Irish
girl, where five thousand people were collected, and a procession of
sixty carriages. There are no people in this country so
faithful to their dead as the Irish Catholics.
About 1830 the tombs on the West side of the yard were
built; those on the South some years later. These tombs were
used for many years, but it was always a very unpleasant duty to
open them; coffins would soon decay and fall in pieces, and many
times in the Spring of the year I have known the snow to melt and
run in at the door and cause the bodies to float around. There
are probably at this time the remains of about one hundred bodies in
these tombs. These receptacles for the dead are now but seldom
used. I will begin on the right hand side as we go in
through the gate, and give you the names of the owners and
inscriptions on their tombs: -
- No. 1. - Phluehas Fisk.
- No. 2. - William Lamson
- No. 3. - Thos. Edward and John Hatch
- No. 4. - John Elliot
- No. 5. - David Carpenter
- No. 6. - Noah Cooke
- No. 7. - F. Faulkner and R. Montague
- No. 8. - Aaron Hall
- No. 9. - C. Chapman, D. Heaton, J. Towns
- No. 10. - J. Wright, E. Wright, E. Wright 2d.
On the left hand side: -
- No. 1. - Samuel Dinsmoor
- No. 2. - James Wilson
- No. 3. - John H. Fuller, John H. Fuller
died Feb. 24, 1869, aged 77 yrs. and 4 mos. Pamelia,
wife of John H. Fuller and daughter of Rev. E. Conant,
died July 27, 1829, aged 30. Foster A., their infant
son, 1829. Sarah A., their daughter, Dec. 25, 1838,
aged 19. James G., their son, Jan. 25, 1853,
aged 27. In memory of Lucius D. Pierce. Attorney at
Law, Winchendon, Mass.., died May 8, 1858, aged 38. Fred K.
Bartlett, Attorney at Law at St. Croix Falls. Wis., died Dec. 1,
1858, age 39, husbands of Lucy and Sophia, daughters of
John H. Fuller.
- No. 4. - Charles G. Adams
- No. 5. - Joseph Dorr and Ormand Dutton.
- No. 6. - Eli Metcalf, died Feb. 13, 1842, aged 86.
They gave their whole property in charity.
- No. 7. - S. Hastings, L. B. Page, A. Dodge.
- No. 8. - Abel Blake and Nathan Dana.
Above we find the names of twenty-eight of the business
men of Keene, all but three of whom have gone to their long home -
L. B. Page, A. Dodge and Abel Blake.
In May, 1853, just before the centennial
celebration came off, the tombs being in rather a dilapidated
condition, through the efforts of Rev. Z. S. Barstow and
others were put in good condition and whitewashed, so as to appear
decent on that occasion. I think nothing has been done to them
since. In 1847 the town voted to build a new fence around the
yard, so the old wall has moved and the present fence put up; the
old black hearse house has since been taken away.
In 1855, the town purchased of Thos. M. Edwards what
was then called the old musterfield, for the new cemetery on Beaver
street, and many of the remains have been removed from the old
grounds to the new, as the old yard was nearly full. The
writer at the time the land for the new cemetery was bought was one
of the selectmen of the town and with a few urged the necessity of
purchasing more land; that is, going as far as Beach Hill; but the
very wise men (and they are not all dead yet) told us that
this lot would answer for fifty years at least. Only twenty
have passed, and the lots are pretty much all taken, and now the
question is asked, every day, where shall we bury our dead?
The "penny wise and the pound foolish" people still live.
The question is very often asked me, "Will this old
grave yard ever be abandoned and share the fate of the old yard on
Capt. Robinson's farm?" I think not, for there is a
sentiment growing in the community that to do so would be sacrilege.
Some years ago there was a law in England giving the
right to the person having the care of the church yard to use it as
a pasture for his cattle and sheep, and he had the power to forbid
the erection of any grave stones if he should think that they
interfered with the pasturage. There has been a change in
public sentiment in the old world as well as in the new in regard to
the protection of burying grounds, since those old laws were in
force. For instance, at Florence, Italy, in May, 1876, a
tribute is to be paid to the memory of Bartholomew Christofori,
the inventor of the piano-forte, who until the present time has lain
in a neglected grave. The Secretary of War at Washington, has
just caused to be removed from an abandoned burial ground where they
had been forgotten, the remains of John Smith of
Massachusetts, chief clerk of the War Department in Monroe's
administration. The remains were reinterred in the national
cemetery at Arlington. The granite monument ordered by
Congress, at a cost of $10,000, to be erected to the memory of
eleven thousand seven hundred unknown dead, at Salisbury, N. C., has
been completed, and will be set up in a short time. It is an
obelisk, about forty feet high, including the base. A wreath
surmounts the top, and on the face, inclosed in a circle denoting
immortality, are the words "Pro Patria." Beneath in raised
characters upon a draped pall, are the figures "11,700," denoting
the number of unknown soldiers buried there.
Passing through our old burying yard one day I met one
of our oldest and most respected citizens. He told me how he
loved to walk through this old place, for here were more of his old
friends than anywhere else. Now let those of us, the
descendants of the fathers and mothers of the town of Keene that are
buried here, see to it that this old cemetery is kept up and
made more beautiful every year; make it a pleasant place to call
often, and in imagination call our old friends and acquaintances
together and hold sweet counsel. I never visit this old grave
yard without doing so, and I never pass out of its gate without
feeling that I am no worse at least for having been there. In
old times everything about a funeral must be black and dismal; black
garments must be worn; a black hearse drawn by a black horse, and
then a black grave stone set up to tell of the virtues of the
deceased, &c. Now the black monument is done away with and the
white marble takes its place. I have seen at a funeral of a
child in the city of New York, a small white hearse trimmed with
gold and drawn by four white horses with white plumes, and the
casket completely covered with white flowers.
I think a story is always in order. Here is one
of that I read a short time ago, relating to now and then.
The wife in the old days had a hard lot. She was the silent
member of the matrimonial firm. Most of her nature was
suppressed: she was under bonds; her lord commanded and she obeyed,
in fear and trembling often times. In most cases she wrought
more like a slave than a wife, and as no slave would. In a
cemetery not a thousand miles from here stand six black stones
in a row, marking the graves of a husband and his five wives.
"Yes, said our guide, "Deacon Smith had wives, two hundred
and fifty acres, twenty-eight children; he was the forehandedest man
in town, and had a famous funeral." An intelligent coroner's
jury might discover a visible connection between the aches of the
women and the acres of the farm, and attribute their mortality to
something other than the mysterious dispensation of Providence.
On one of the first monuments we see in going into this
old cemetery we read, "To preserve from oblivion the memory of
Wm. M. Pierce." Now it was from this old grave
stone that I selected my text, and by copying the inscriptions on
all of the monuments, will do my share towards preserving them.
I will let each stone tell its own story, and should there be among
your readers those that find the name of a dear relative or friend
among this long list, I am confident they will do what they can
towards keeping the old burying ground on Washington street sacred.
Let it be a pleasant place for us to visit while living, and a safe
place for our bones when dead. When this last shall take
place, we will simply leave this injunction to body snatchers and
gossips: "Let our dead alone - resurrecting neither our bodies
or our faults." I have arranged the list alphabetically, also
giving the oldest date first in each case:
- No. 1. - In memory of Lt. Daniel Adams, who died Oct. 27th,
1813, aged 59 yrs.
- No. 2. - Children of B. F. and L. R. Adams: Mary Jane,
died Feb. 18, 1834, aged 2 years; Julie Ann, died July 1,
1837, aged 1 yr.; Frank Benjamin, died Dec. 5, 1842, aged 4½
- No. 3. - Abigail Adams, died Aug. 4, 1841, aged 72 yrs.
- No. 4. - Elijah Adams, died Dec. 31, 1862, aged 76 years.
- No. 5. - Amanda Adams, wife of Elijah Adams, died
July 25, 1852, aged 66 years.
- No. 6. - Hannah T. Fowler Adams, wife of Levi M. Adams,
died Aug. 25, 1850, aged 27
- No. 7. - D. Adams, (marble monument)
- No. 8. - Daniel Adams, M. D., died June 9, 1864, aged 90
yrs., 8 mos. 10 days.
- No. 9. - Nancy Adams, wife of Dr. Daniel Adams, died
May 14, 1851, aged 70 yrs. 8 mos. 15 days.
- No. 10. - Edward Knight Aldrich, son of Dunbar Aldrich,
died March 27, 1831, aged 1 yr. 8 mos.
- No. 11. - ___ Abbott (marker)
- No. 12. - Mary Ann Abbott, daughter of Daniel and Polly
Abbott, died Sept. 20, 1831, aged 6 years 20 days.
The fairest flower soon fades away.
- No. 13. - Frank Fisk Albee, son of John J. and Harriet
M. Albee, died Aug. 13, 1854, aged 4 mos. and 22 days.
- No. 14. - Ella Maria, daughter of John J. and Harriet M.
Albee, died Oct. 14, 1855, aged 3 weeks.
- No. 15. - Harriet Fisk Albee, wife of John J. Albee,
died July 23, 1858, aged 34 yrs.
- No. 16. - Capt. Eliphalet Briggs, died Oct. 11, 1776, aged
- No. 17 - Mary Cobb, wife of Capt. Eliphalet Briggs,
died June 9, 1806, aged 69 yrs.
- No. 18. - Eliphalet Briggs, died March 23, 1827, aged 62
- No. 19. - Elizabeth Briggs, wife of Eliphalet Briggs,
died March 23, 1819, aged 49 yrs.
Virtue alone is happiness below
- No. 20. - Polly Briggs, died July, 1795, aged 3 yrs.;
Sally Briggs, died July, 1795, aged 9 mos.; daughters of
Eliphalet and Elizabeth Briggs.
- No. 21. - Eliza S., daughter of
Eliphalet and Emma Briggs, died Aug. 2, 1839, aged 14 yrs.
- No. 22. - Briggs (granite monument)
- No. 23. - Eliphalet Briggs, ob. June 13, 1853, aged 65 yrs.
- No. 24. - Lucy Briggs, ob. Dec. 19, 1845, aged 57 yrs.
- No. 25. - Sarah W. Briggs, ob. July 10, 1873, aged 48 yrs.
- No. 26. - Nancy A. Briggs, wife of William S. Briggs,
died Feb. 14, 1868, aged 46 yrs.
- No. 27. - Daniel Adams Briggs, born Feb. 21, 1847, died May
- No. 28. - Ellen Briggs, daughter of L.. H. and E. H.
- No. 29. - Mary A., wife of Joseph W. Briggs, and
daughter of Josiah Colony, born Sept. 14, 1825, died April
- No. 30. - Wilder Briggs, died March 15, 1827, aged 34 yrs.
Charles S., son of W. and Sally Briggs, died May 20,
1827, aged 4 mos. Sally Briggs, wife of Wilder
Briggs, died May 20, 1851, aged 66 yrs.
- No. 31. - Louisa Briggs, 1788, (granite marker)
- No. 32. - Elijah Blake, died Apr. 3, 1791, aged 7 months.
- No. 33. - Parley Blake, died Aug. 29, 1797, aged 6 weeks
and 4 days.
And these babes must pay their due,
Sure riper years must pay it too.
- No. 34. - Mrs. Sally E., wife of Capt. Abel Blake,
who died July 16, 1803, aged 40 years.
Death is a debt to nature due,
Which I have paid, and so must you.
- No. 35. - In memory of Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Mr.
Nathan Blake, who died July 19, 1804, aged 83 years.
Lay me not forgotten lie.
Lest you forget that you must die.
- No. 36. - Mr. Nathan Blake, died Aug. 4, 1811, in the 100th
year of his age.
- No. 37. - Ruel C., son of Ruel and Betsey Blake,
died Feb. 5, 1818, aged 11 mos. and 28 days.
Source: New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, NH) Page: 3
Dated: Dec. 3, 1875
In this city, Nov. 26, Miss HULDAH
MARSH, aged 46 years 9 months and 5 days.
CHESTER C., youngest child of Paul F. and
Hannah S. Aldrich, Jr., aged 6 years and 8 months.
Easier now to "set
On the things
that are above."
For amid the bright
jewel of our love!
In Newport, Nov. 14, of scarlet fever, after an illness
of three days, GERTIE E., youngest child of George W.,
and Sarah H. Britton, aged 5 years and 4 months.
|Source: New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, NH) Page: 1
Dated: Dec. 23, 1875
For the New Hampshire
John Bright advises those
who are seeking to moderate the expense and diminish the display of
funerals to observe and copy the practice of the Society of Friends.
Nothing can be more simple and nothing can be better. They
would be wise also that follow them in rejecting the fashion of
wearing mourning, which is always costly, and, as worn by many
women, hideous. Some twenty years ago I attended a funeral in
a neighboring town where they had a queer fashion of conducting the
same. The conductor was a prominent man of the place; he had a
list of all the mourners and friends of hate deceased present, also
of the bearers; he had an eye to all the arrangements, even to the
seating of the mourners and friends in the room for the services.
Every one must be in regular order down, from the nearest of kin to
the friends of the family. When the hour arrived to begin the
services, a loud voice he called on the minister to commence; after
wards the singers were notified in the same way. After the
prayer the conductor stood in the doorway in the dwelling and made
proclamation that the procession would now form, and called each
person by name to take their places. I was somewhat surprised
when I heard my own name called, and I kept my eye on our commander
all the way to the grave yard, all the while expecting further
orders. I must say that it seemed to me more like a dress
parade than a funeral. At another time I attended a funeral
when, after the services at the grave, all were invited to the house
of the principal mourner to dinner. I went and we had two long
tables full, some thirty or more, and it beat any Thanksgiving
dinner I ever had. I thought at the time that I rather liked
In this old burying ground on Washington st., of which
I have been speaking have been buried many of our friends that we
like to keep in remembrance; and in this number of my record may be
found the name of one who while in life said the last words at the
grave of more of the dead lying here than any man now living - the
Rev. Z. S. Barstow, who for fifty yeas was the pastor of the
old Congregational church. The inscription on his tombstone tells
the whole story better than I could do it. Also may be found
the name of Dea. Elijah Carter, one of Dr. Barstow's
good deacons; also, of the Hon. Ith'r Chase, the father ( I
have been told) of the late Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase.
Al, I think, (that ever knew her) will agree with me in saying that
the line on the monument of Miss Eliza Carter was strictly
true. Although she had passed her three score years and ten,
"She was always young." The names of Hon. Levi Chamberlain
the two Dinsmoor's (Sam'l. and Sam'l. Jr.,) Lieut. Chas.
B. Daniels, who gave his life for his country, Miss Catherine
Fiske the founder of Keene Female Seminary, and many other names
that we have known and respected, will be found in this number.
Also the name of Mrs. Lydie Beals, aged 102 years - the
oldest in this burying ground.
- No. 47. - Thomas Baker, died July 15, 1806; aged
No more my friends, don't mourn for me.
I'm gone into eternity
Make sure of Christ while life remains,
And death will be eternal gain.
- No. 48. - Sarah Baker, wife of Thomas Baker, died
April 24, 1807, aged 75
- No. 49. - Benjamin F. Brown, died May 28, 1851, aged 43.
- No. 50. - Benjamin F. Brown, adopted son of B. F. and C.
Brown, died Aug. 7, 1839, aged 4 years.
- No. 51. - Sarah Brown, died Jan. 2_, 1843, aged 34.
- No. 52. - Dea. Amasa Brown, died Mar. 22, 1843, aged 73.
- No. 53. - Lucy C., daughter of Wm. and Ann W. Brown,
died Mar. 20, 1844, aged 7 years.
- No. 54. - Ann W. Fiske, wife of William Brown, died
July 24, 1854, aged 55.
- No. 55. - Eunice Brown, died Aug. 7, 1847, aged 39.
- No. 56. - In memory of Amasa Brown, who died Apr. 13, 1847,
aged 80 years.
- No. 57. - In memory of Hannah, wife of Amasa Brown,
who died Jan. 4, 1847, aged 70 years.
- No. 58. - Dea. Lebanon Brown, died July 21, 1846, aged 35.
- No. 59. - Polly Brown, died Aug. 7, 1856, aged 64.
- No. 60. - Mrs. Susan Brown, died May 22, 1857, aged 61.
- No. 61. - James, son of William and Anna Blackadore,
died Aug. 15, 1817, aged 2 years. and 3 months.
Frail as a flower that blossoms but to die.
- No. 62. - Sally Bond, daughter of John G. and Sally Bond,
who died Sept. 1809, aged 7 months.
- No. 63. - Mrs. Lydie Beals, died Feb. 13, 1815, aged 102.
- No. 64. - Charles Barnhart, died June 7, 1829, aged 32.
- No. 65. - David Barker, died Aug. 7, 1829, aged 33.
- No. 66. - David S. Barker, died in Havana, Cuba, June 24,
1843, aged 21.
- No. 67. - Miss Hannah, daughter of Mr. Aaron and Mrs.
Blanchard, died Nov. 25, 1832, in her 31st year.
- No. 68. - James, son of Nathan and Harriet Bassett,
died July 1, 1833, aged 8 years and 9 months.
- No. 69. - Samuel Bassett, died Nov. 8, 1834, aged 81.
- No. 70. - Martha, wife of Samuel Bassett, died June
19, 1842, aged 86.
- No. 71. - Jemima C., wife of Geo. A. Baloh, died
Sept. 2, 1850, aged 45.
- No. 72. - George W., son of Geo. A. and Jemima Balch,
died Apr. 13, 1848, aged 15 years.
- No. 73. - Artemas A. Boyden, died Apr. 30, 1844, aged 28.
- No. 74. - Emily C., daughter of John and Celecta H.
Bowker, born Jan. 12, 1842, died Sept. 26, 1849.
She was but given,
A fair bud on earth
To bloom in Heaven.
- No. 75. - Ellen C., daughter of John and Celecta H.
Bowker, born Feb. 9, 1851, died Dec. 30, 1853.
So fades the lovely blooming flower
- No. 76. - Sarah Abbie Bridgman, died July 12, 1850, aged 2
years and 7 months.
- No. 77. - Frank, son of Edward and Sarah E. Bowtell,
died Mar. 25, 1852, aged 1 year and 4 months
- No. 78. - George Burrell, died Dec. 24, 1853, aged 34.
- No. 79. - Mary Ann Pitchard, wife of C. A. Brooks,
died Dec. 4, 1854, aged 33.
- No. 80. - Lovey Ann, wife of Courtney Bingham, died
April 16, 1871, aged 69.
Asleep in Jesus.
- No. 81. - Rev. Zedekiah S. Barstow, D. D., for fifty years
pastor of the First Congregational church in Keene, ordained July 1,
1818, resigned his pastorate July 1, 1868, died March 1, 1873, aged
82 years and 5 months.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my
course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there
is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give
me at that day."
Elizabeth Fay Barstow, for fifty-one years the
wife of Rev. Z. S. Barstow, died Sept. 15, 1869, aged 77
"She opened her mouth with wisdom and in her
tongue was the law of kindness. Her children
rise up and call her blessed, her husband also
and he praiseth her, and let her own words
Timothy Dwight, eldest son of Rev. Z. S. and
Elizabeth F. Barstow, died Dec. 22, 1820, aged 5 months.
Elizabeth Whitney, only daughter of Rev. Z.
S. and Elizabeth F. Barstow, died Jan. 3, 1832, aged 7 years and
- No. 82. - Z. S. B. (marble marker)
- No. 83. - E. F. B. (marble marker)
- No. 84. - James Crossfield, died Feb. 25, 1853, aged
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
- No. 85. - Hannah, wife of James Crossfield, died May
18, 1809, in the 58th year of her age.
- No. 86. - James Crossfield, died June 21, 1811, in the 60th
year of his age.
- No. 87. - Roxana, wife of James Crossfield, died May
20, 1856, aged 64.
There is rest in Heaven.
- No. 88. - Emily J., daughter of K. and R. G. Crossfield,
died April 29, 1854, aged 19 years and 6 months.
- No. 89. - Lestina, wife of Samuel Crossfield, died
April 2, 1857, aged 31.
- No. 90. - Here lies the body of Mrs. Clarinda, wife of
Mr. Daniel Chapman and daughter of Mr. Aden Holbrook, who
died Dec. 6, 1812, aged 29.
- No. 91. - Calvin Chapman, born July 28, 1776, died Aug. 3,
- No. 92. - Sarah Nims, wife of Calvin Chapman, born
May 9, 1777, died Feb. 22, 1834.
- No. 93. - Calvin Chapman, Jr., born Jan. 11, 1803, died
Oct. 26, 1872.
- No. 94. - David W. Chapman, died Mar. 31, 1852, aged 45.
Tread lightly where thy father sleeps,
Within his cold and narrow bed,
For one his bridal vigils keeps,
Above the wept and sainted dead.
Tread lightly by his narrow tomb,
And o'er it plant the gentle flowers,
In a far brighter land than ours.
- No. 95. - Rebecca, wife of David W. Chapman, died
Aug. 9, 1856, aged 43.
- No. 96. - George, son of David W. and Rebecca Chapman,
died March 25, 1838, aged 2.
- No. 97. - Warren, son of David W. and Rebecca Chapman,
died June 17, 1851, aged 12.
- No. 98. - Sophronia S., wife of King B. Chapman,
died Nov. 18, 1849, aged 29.
- No. 99. - Mary Ann, daughter of King B. and Sophronia S.
Chapman, died Aug. 4, 1849, aged 4 years.
- No. 100. - Jonathan C. Carpenter, died Sept. 24, 1815, aged
2 years 8 months and 8 days.
- No. 101. - Mira H. Willard, wife of Caleb Carpenter,
died Mar. 12, 1857, aged 49.
- No. 102. - David W., died Sept. 18, 1832, aged 2 years and
10 months; Julia E., died Jan. 23, 1843, aged 3 years and 11
months; children of Caleb and Mira H. Carpenter.
- No. 103. - The Hon. Ith'r Chase, died Aug. 8, 1817,
And now, Lord, what is my hope -
Truly my hope is ever in thee.
- No. 104. - Eliza Carter, born in Dublin, March 5, 1792,
died in Keene, Dec. 7, 1864.
She was always young.
- No. 105. - In memory of Charles Carter, died Oct. 20, 1817,
There is rest in Heaven.
- No. 106. - The grave of Dea. Elijah Carter who died Feb. 2,
1835, aged 71 years.
Go, happy spirit, seek that blissful land,
Where rausomed sinners join the glorious band
Of those who fought for truth, blest spirit go,
And perfect all the good begun below.
- No. 107. - Mary, wife of R. Carter, died Nov. 16,
1839, aged 28.
- No. 108. - Benaiah Cooke, died Aug. 8, 1852, aged 52.
- No. 109. - Josiah Cooke, died Sept. 11, 1834, aged 2 years.
- No. 110. - Mary Eliza Cooke, died Aug. 17, 1837, aged 3
- No. 111. - George Cooks, died Feb. 6, 1838, aged 9 months.
- No. 112. - Frederick Cooke, died Aug. 9, 1842, aged 14
- No. 113. - Mary R. Cooke, died Jan. 7, 1855 aged 15 years
and 10 months.
- No. 114. - Harriet W. Cady, died Oct. 9, 1841, aged 43.
- No. 115. - Rec. Reuben Collins, of the M. E. Church, died
Dec. 24, 1842, aged 32.
- No. 116. - Comfort Conner, died May 14, 1826, aged 37.
- No. 117. - My husband, John S. Currior, died July 31, 1844,
- No. 118. - Coolidge. (Granite monument)
- No. 119. - Henry Coolidge, obt. 1843, aged 55.
- No. 120. - Caroline C. Coolidge, obt. 1846, aged 33.
- No. 121. - Lawson Coolidge, obt. 1849, aged 41.
- No. 122. - George H. Coolidge, born Feb. 15, 1811, died
Jan. 26, 1868.
- No. 123. - Hannah Taylor, wife of Josiah Colony,
died June 30, 1846, aged 51.
The memory of the departed is endeared as a devoted
a kind and affectionate parent, a regardful neighbor.
A calm and serene death, followed a quiet and contented
- No. 124. - Harry, son of Henry and Mary Colony, died
Sept. 12, 1855, aged 10 months and 26. days.
- No. 125. - George R., son of William and Priscilla Clark,
died Aug. 18, 1847, aged 24.
No pain nor grief, no anxious fear,
Invades thy bounds, no mortal woes
Can reach the peaceful sleep here,
While angels watch its soft repose.
- No. 126. - Ebenezer Clark, died Aug. 1, 1848, aged 77;
Eunice his wife died April 14, 1865, aged 87.
- No. 127. - Sands Caswell, died Nov. 10, 1851, aged, aged
- No. 128. - Mrs. Nancy Crandell, daughter of William Esty,
died March 25, 1852, aged 60.
- No. 129. - Jesse Corbett, died Aug., 1866, aged 76.
- No. 130. - Betsy Twitchell, wife of David Carter,
died Jan. 20, 1853, aged 80.
- No. 131. - Levi Chamberlain, died Aug. 31, 1868, aged 80
How calm he meets the friendly shore
Who lived adverse to sin.
- No. 132. - Harriett A. Goodhue, the dearly beloved wife of
Levi Chamberlain, died June 26, 1868, aged 67.
The guileless soul, the calm, sweet trust,
Shall have a large reward.
- No. 133. - Elijah Dunbar, Esq., died May 18, 1847, aged 87.
- No. 134. - Mary R., wife of Elijah Dunbar, died Nov.
29, 1838, aged 70.
- No. 135. - Polly, daughter of Elijah and Mary Dunbar,
died May 25, 1795, aged 4 years;
Laura Elizabeth, daughter of Elijah and Mary Dunbar,
died Jan. 11, 1810, aged 3 years.
- No. 136. - Mary Ann Dunbar, died Oct. 8, 1828, aged 84.
- No. 137. - Mrs. Hannah Dunn, died Oct. 8, 1828, aged 84.
The sweet remembrance of the just,
Shall flourish when they sleep in dust.
- No. 138. - Asa Duren, died Apr. 5, 1871, aged 69.
- No. 139. - Maria V. Wood, wife of Asa Duren died May
18, 1854, aged 64.
- No. 140. - Augustus, son of Asa and Maria Duren died
Nov. 1829, aged 7 months and 12 days.
- No. 141. - Cynthia Duren, died April 22, 1861, aged 61.
- No. 141. - Dinsmoor. (Marble monument)
Samuel Dinsmoor, born July 1, 1766, died March
15, 1835, aged 68;
Mary Boyd, wife of Samuel Dinsmoor, and
daughter of Gen. George Reed of Londonderry, died June 3,
1834, aged 64;
Mary Eliza, daughter of Samuel and Mary Boyd
Dinsmoor, and wife of Robert Means, of Amherst, born Dec.
2, 1800, died Aug. 16, 1829, aged 28;
Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr., born May 8, 1797, died
Feb. 24, 1869, aged 69;
Anna Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr.,
and daughter of Hon. William Jarvis of Weathersfield, Vt.,
born June 30, 1818, died July 17, 1849, aged 31.
- No. 143. - Samuel Dinsmoor, died March 15, 1835, aged 68.
- No. 144. - Mary Boyd, wife of Samuel Dinsmoor, died
June 3, 1834, aged 64.
- No. 145. - Mary E. Dinsmoor, wife of Robert Means,
died Aug. 16, 1829, aged 28.
- No. 146. - Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr., died Feb. 24, 1869, aged
- No. 147. - Anna E. Jarvis, wife of Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr.,
died July 17, 1849, aged 81.
- No. 148. - Julie A. Fiske, wife of William Dinsmoor,
died Jan. 4, 1854, aged 39.
- No. 149. - Abiathar Dean, died Oct. 2, 1832, aged 64.
- No. 150. - George C. Dean, died Oct. 2, 1835, aged 35.
- No. 151. - To the memory of Charles B. Daniels, born Aug.
30, 1818, graduated at the W. P. Military Academy, June,
1836, was mortally wounded while gallantly leading his company in
the assault of the enemy's works at Molino Del Rey, Mexico, Sept. 8,
1847, and died of his wounds in the city of Mexico, Oct. 27, 1847,
aged 31 years.
By the purity of his life and fidelity to the demands
of his profession,
he adorned it by his valor, he fulfilled its sternest
- No. 152. - To the memory of Jabez W. Daniels, born Aug. 1,
1876, died Oct. 7, 1852, aged 82 years.
"A just man who walked in all the commandments of the
- No. 153. - To the memory of Eleanor Daniels, born May 6,
1773, died June 29, 1863, aged 90 years.
- No. 154. - Caroline E. Daniels, daughter of Warren and
Caroline C. Daniels, died Feb. 25, 1836, aged 8 months.
- No. 155. - Davis (granite monument).
- No. 156. - Abby Z., daughter of H. A. T. Davis, died
July 29, 1853, aged 5 months.
- No. 157. - Lucian H., died Aug. 31, 1849, aged 8 months;
children of Henry and Allura Davis.
- No. 158. - Allura T. wife of Henry Davis, died
Sept. 14, 1853, in her 34th year.
- No. 159. - Mary G., wife of John B. Dowsman, died
Feb. 10, 1838, aged 28 years.
- No. 160. - Martha Ann, died Feb. 8, 1838, aged 5 years 9
months; Mary Jane, Feb. 17, aged 3 years 3 months; Chas.
Warren, March 11, aged 9 months; children of Charles and Ann
The fairest, loveliest sons of earth,
Like charms may fade away;
But o'er their memory shed a tear,
That cannot e'er decay.
- No. 161. - Cyrus Dickey, who died while a member of the
senior class in Dartmouth College, Sept. 30, 1840, aged 26.
True excellence ripens but in Heaven.
- No. 162. - Chas. Dunbrack died March 2, 1844, aged 72.
A native Edenburgh, Scotland, and for many years a resident of
Halifax, N. S.
- No. 163. - Catherine, wife of Henry Dowdell, died
June 19, 1850, aged 35.
- No. 164. - Eliza, wife of Wm. Dort, died Sept. 10,
1852, aged 25.
- No. 165. - Lucretia Dawes, born in Boston, Mass., May 23,
1788, died in Keene, N. H., Oct. 20, 1855.
"He that believieth in me though he were dead, yet
shall he live."
- No. 166. - Mr. Timothy Ellis, who died March 30, 1814, aged
- No. 167. - In memory of Mrs. Beulah Ellis, who died May 22,
1822, aged 73.
- No. 168. - Joshua Ellis, died Aug. 31, 1838, aged 53.
- No. 169. - Parker Ellis (on pine board.).
- No. 170. - George Andrew, son of Geo. L. and Susan
Ellis, died Sept. 23, 1863, aged 24 years 6 months.
Rest, dearest sufferer, rest in Jesus' arms.
- No. 171. - Paulina Tucker, daughter of Nathaniel Evans,
died Jan. 25, 1831, aged 4 yrs.
- No. 172. - Harriet Wiggen, wife of Nathaniel Evans,
died July 5, 1835, aged 36.
- No. 173. - Harriet K., wife of Nathaniel Evans, died
June 8, 1842, aged 34.
I leave the world without a tear,
Save for the friends I hold so dear;
To heal their sorrows Lord descend.
And to the friendless prove a friend.
- No. 174. - Rebecca, A., wife of Geo. W. Emerson,
died April 27, 1835, aged 25.
- No. 175. - George W. Emerson, died Dec. 28, 1829, aged 2
George W. Emerson, died Sept. 6, 1830, aged 7
months; children of George W. and Rebecca A. Emerson.
- No. 176. - In memory of Mr. Charles Fitch, who died
Feb. 18, 1800, in his 30th year.
It is hard to leave our friends behind,
And falt earth's bounteous sweets;
The place where man is first consigned,
And where man his dear partner meets;
But we must all submit to fate,
And when our call is pronounced upon,
We must leave our world and state,
And go to regions above unknown.
- No. 177. - John Fitch, died June 22, 1848, aged 87.
- No. 178. - Lydia Fitch, wife of John Fitch, died May
28, 1870, aged 84.
- No. 179. - In memory of Caroline, daughter of Mr.
Waltrous and Mrs. Mary Fairchild, who died Dec. 10, 1819, aged
- No. 180. - Mrs. Mary, wife of Mr. Phinehas Fiske,
deceased July 21, 1821, aged 31.
- No. 181. - Catherine Fiske, founder and principal of the
Female Seminary in Keene, N. H., for 38 years a teacher of youth,
died May 20, 1837, aged 53.
Reader, whoe'er though art. do justly, love mercy, and
walk humbly with they god.
Azuba Morse, the mother of Catherine Fiske,
died Nov. 9, 1837, aged 72.
- No. 182. - David Gilman Forbes, who died Feb. 5, 1822, aged
In bloom of youth behold he dies.
- No. 183. - John Foster, died Feb. 7, 1854, aged 57;
Sophia, wife of John Foster, died April 20, 1832, aged
- No. 184. - William, son of Joseph and Mary Foster,
died March 15, 1833, aged 8.
So fades the lovely flower
Ere half its charms are shed;
Cut down in an untimely hour
And numbered with the dead.
- No. 185. - Harriet P., daughter of the Rev. S.
Farnsworth, late of Hillsborough, died Marc 22, 1841, aged 6
[NOTE. - She was a beautiful child. On the
morning of her death, I saw her looking into me of the windows of my
father's shop on Washington street. The net instant she
uttered a terrible cry; I went to her as soon as could and found one
of the runners of an old sled that she had been standing on to look
unto the window, lying across her neck. She was instantly
- No. 186. - Frost. (Granite monument.)
- No. 187. - Amanda frost, died 1845, aged 28.
- No. 188. - Julia S. Frost, died 1844, aged 7 months.
- No. 189. - My husband, Harlow Frost, died Nov. 26, 1865,
- No. 190. - Our Willie H. Frost, son of Harlow and Eliza
W. Frost, died March 28, 1843, aged 2 years 5 months
- No. 191. - Roxana Allen, wife of Jason French, died
Nov. 5, 1852, aged 35.
- No. 192. - Abigail Wood, widow of Eleazer Furber,
died July 15, 1853, aged 55.
- No. 193. - Jehoshiphat Grout, who departed his life Sept.
26, 1806, aged 53.
- No. 194. - This monument is erected to the memory of Mrs. Anna,
wife of Mr. J. Grout who departed this life, Aug. 9, 1810,
- No. 195. - James Gibson, died April 26, 1846, aged 38.
Not lost but gone before
- No. 196. - Eliza K., wife of Caleb S. Graves, died
March 18, 1845, aged 35.
Jesus can make a dying bed
Feel soft as downy pillows are.
While on his breast I lean my head
And breathe my life out sweetly there.
- No. 197. - John B., son of A. C. and L. Greeley,
born March 9, 1848, died March 10, 1849.
- No. 198. - George W. B., son of A. C. and L. Greeley,
born Aug. 9, 1852, died Aug. 7, 1853.
- No. 199. - Oscar S., son of Edward S. and Mary Greenwood,
died July 17, 1850, aged 2.
Dearest babe, thy days are ended,
All thy sufferings now are o'er,
No more by our care befriended,
Thou art happy ever more.
- No. 200. - Sibyl, wife of Benj. Good, died Jan. 13,
1854, aged 25. years.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
I will fear no evil. For thou art with me.
They rod and thy staff
they comfort me."
- No. 201. - Reuben B., son of Benjamin and Sibyl Good,
died Dec. 26, 1850, aged 2 years and 10 months.
- No. 202. - Edwin, son of Benjamin and Sibyl Good,
died Jan. 27, 1851, aged 4 years and _ month.
- No. 203. - Cornelius C. Hall, died Nov. 25, 1815, aged 39;
Fanny Hill, daughter of Cornelius and Elizabeth Hall,
died Dec. 21, 1806, aged 3 years.
- No. 204. - Ednie G., daughter of Henry C. and Ellen F.
Hall, died Oct. 12, 1846, aged months 6 days.
Sleep on, sweet babe,
And take thy rest.
|Source: Springfield Republican (Springfield, MA) Page: 1
Dated: Jan. 20, 1876
For the New Hampshire
No. 2 - Continued
"If I could arrange for my
death," said Vice President Wilson to one of his attendants a
few days before he died, "I would die quietly in my house and have
the privilege of saying good-bye to my friends, and be laid quietly
away. But I have a premonition that I shall die suddenly; be
snuffed out like a candle, without an opportunity to say goodbye to
any one." His words were prophetic. He died at the
capital of the nation without a relative present to close his eyes
or hear his last words: but when he died the whole country mourned;
his worst political enemies never dared to say that Henry Wilson
was not an honest man, and when his spirit took its flight the
enquiry was universal, "Where now shall we look for an honest
In the memorable campaign of 1840, for "Tippecanoe and
Tyler too," I heard Henry Wilson, or the "Natick Cobbler,"
make a speech for the first time at Concord in this State; also on
that day I heard a speech from our Gen. James Wilson and
Horace Greeley. No man in the country was a more effective
stump speaker than Gen. Wilson, of Keene; no man at that day
had more facts and figures at his tongue's end than Horace
Greeley, (also a New Hampshire) man,) and no man told a more
honest story than Henry Wilson The last time that
Henry Wilson visited Keene I saw him at the Cheshire House and
had some conversation with him about that great convention in
Concord in 1840; it was at this time that he made the remark to me
that New Hampshire never had an abler man to represent her in
Congress than the late Hon. Thomas M. Edwards. While I
don't believe in carting a man's body all over the country after he
is dead, I do believe if any man in this country ever deserved a
great funeral it was Vice President Henry Wilson.
Funerals in England are commonly most dreary
ceremonies, but when the remains of Dr. Robert Dickson were
interred in the parish church yard at Hammondsworth, a few days ago,
the occasion was one more of rejoicing than of sorrow. Shortly
before death took place the passing bell was tolled to warn people
that they might pray for the soul going to its rest, and the death
was announced by a peal, in accordance with the canon of the church.
When the procession set out from the house the bells were chimed
merrily, and after after the followers left the churchyard.
Hat bands and scarfs were entirely dispensed with, the object of the
deceased gentleman's family in having the arrangements carried out
in this way being to set an example for the abolition of all display
of sorrow and undertakers' pomp on such occasions. On the
occasion of Mrs. Dickson's death, about three months ago, the
ceremony was conducted in a similar manner.
In this number of "Mortuary" will be found many old,
familiar names, among them that the Betsey Nurss Leonard, who
was born only two yeas later than the organization of the town of
Keene, 1755, and lived to be more than one hundred years old.
I remember her as a very pleasant old lady. Mrs. Houghton,
her daughter, is still living on Court street - a real nice old
lady. Mrs. Leonard on her one hundredth anniversary
received her friends. Elijah Knight, Esq., kept the old
tavern, now owned by Miss Kate Tyler, on Court street.
When I was a boy, he died in the Fuller house on Washington
street. Stephen Harrington and his son Asaph,
both model hotel keepers, and known everywhere. Stephen
Harrington was born in Lexington, Mass., only six months after
the battle in 1775. Major George Ingersoll, who was
born in 1754, and who was twenty one years old when the declaration
of Independence was declared; Rev. George G. Ingersoll, D. D.,
whom to know was to love and respect; also the name of Dan Hough,
whom I remember as a merchant in Keene, whose store was just South
of the Eagle Hotel, now a part of the Hotel; also the name of
Luther L. Holbrook my old friend and shop mate, and a long list
of names that we like to remember.
- No. 215. - L. L. Holbrook, died at
Keeseville, N. Y., Oct. 20, 1844, aged 29. Francis A.,
wife of L. L. Holbrook, and a daughter of Abijah Wilder,
died Nov. 10, 1851, aged 35 years.
There is rest in Heaven.
- No. 215 - Betsey, daughter of Rufus and
Dorothy Houghton, died Oct. 26, 1809, aged 2 years 8 months and
See the dear youth just enter life.
Bud forth like a flower in May;
Stay long enough to seal our hearts,
Then smile and die-away
- No. 216. - In memory of Dr. Dan Hough, who departed this
life Feb. 26, 1828, aged 49.
- No. 217. - Louisa Ellis, wife of Luther Howe, died
March 21, 1835, aged 65.
- No. 218. - Louise Howe, died Sept. 21, 1854, aged 41.
- No. 219. - Mary A., wife of Sylvester Haskell,
died April 14, 1835, aged 33.
- No. 220. - Charles C., only son of Charles and Isabell
Hirsch, died Aug. 29, 1842, aged 16 months 11 days.
Rest, sweet babe, thy days are ended,
Quick thy passage to the tomb;
Gone, by Angel bands attended,
To thy everlasting home.
- No. 221. - Stephen Harrington, born in Lexington, died Aug.
16, 1862, aged 80
- No. 222. - Mary Prescott, wife of Stephen Harrington,
died Aug. 16, 1862, aged 80.
- No. 223. - Asaph Harrington, died May 26, 1867, aged 57.
- No. 224. - Alfred Hebard, obt. July 12, 1848, aged 32.
- No. 225. - Rufus, son of Josiah and Sophronia
Hayden, died Dec. 25, 1853, aged 5 years 9 months.
- No. 226. - John Hoar, died June 24, 1846, aged 33.
- No. 227. - Mary Ann, wife of John Hoar, died July
16, 1846, aged 30.
- No. 228. - John E., died Sept. 15, 1840, aged 4 months;
Albert A., died June 30, 1845, aged 5 weeks; children of John
and Mary Ann Hoar.
- No. 229. - Daphne Hoar, born Feb. 25, 1811, died Jan.
- No. 230. - Jason Hodgkins, died July 24, 1856, aged 30.
- No. 231. - Harriet M., wife of Jason Hodgkins,
died May 2, 1854, aged 23.
She died and left me.
This spot this calm and quiet scene.
And those who saw her smile in death.
No more may fear to die.
- No. 232. - Lovina Holman, died Nov. 17, 1845, aged 27.
- No. 233. - Sacred to the memory of Caroline H. Ingersoll
who was born at West Point, N. Y., Dec. 5, 1797, died at Cambridge,
Mass., Dec. 1812, aged 15; also, Mary Ingersoll Adams, wife
of Charles Adams, Esq., who was born at West Point, N. Y.,
May 5, 1799, died at Burlington, Vt., May 4, 1832, aged 33; both
daughters of George and Martha Ingersoll.
Strangers and pilgrims here, our home is in Heaven.
- No. 234. - Martha Goldthwait Ingersoll, widow of Major
George Ingersoll born in Boston, Mass., July 7th, 1864, died in
Burlington, Vt., April 24th, 1839, aged 74 years.
- No.235. - The remains of Major George Ingersoll, late of
the U. S. Army; born at Boston, Mass., April 2d, 1754, died at
Keene, July 16th, 1805, aged 51 years.
In that high world which follows this
May each repeat in words of bliss-
We're all, all here.
- No. 236. - Ingersoll (Marble monument)
Rev. George Goldthwait Ingersoll, D. D., son of
Major George and Martha G. Ingersoll, born in Boston, Mass.,
July 4, 1796, died in Keene, N. H., Sept. 16, 1863.
Hope which entereth within the wall.
Allen Parkhurst, son of Rev. Geo. G. and
Harriet P. Ingersoll, born Nov. 10, 1823, in Burlington, Vt.,
died Sept. 8, 1859, in Keene, N.H.
- No. 237. - George and Harriet (Marker)
- No. 238. - George P. Ingersoll (Marker)
- No. 239. - Allen P. Ingersoll (Marker)
- No. 240. - Joseph Ingalls, died Oct. 12, 1858, aged 83.
- No. 241. - Mrs. Lucy Ingalls, wife of Joseph Ingalls,
died Oct. 12, 1822, aged 49.
- No. 242. - Anna L., wife of Joseph Ingalls, died
July 24, 1850, aged 58.
- No. 243. - John, son of Joseph and Anna Ingalls,
died Dec. 29, 1851, aged 18.
- No. 244. - In memory of John, son of Moses Johnson,
who died April, 1795, aged 7.
- No. 245. - Mary A., daughter of Charles and Harriet G.
Jones, died Oct. 6, 1839, aged 15 months.
- No. 246. - Josepheus H., daughter of Sylvester and
Elizabeth Jones died June 14, 1839, aged 13 months.
- No. 247. - Harriet E., daughter of Sylvester and
Elizabeth Jones, died March 6, 1840, aged 3 years.
- No. 248. - Widow Abial Keyes, who died Aug. 19, 1807, aged
- No. 249. - Zebadiah Keyes, died Sept. 16, 1859, aged 83.
- No. 250. - Sybel, wife of Zebadiah Keys, died March
15, 1851, aged 70.
- No. 251. - Fanny, daughter of Mr. Zebadiah and Mrs.
Sybel Keyes, died Aug. 19, 1812, age 2 years and 7 months.
- No. 252. - Sally Ann, daughter of Zebadiah and Sybel
Keyes, died Aug. 20, 1833, aged 19 years and 7 months.
- No. 253. - Mary Ellen, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth
Keyes, died April 13, 1852, aged 5 years and 10 months.
- No. 254. - Ezra Kilburn, died March 27, 1853, aged 85.
- No. 255. - Leverett, son of Edmnd and Julia Kimball,
died June 7, 1826, aged 18 months.
With anxious care each art was tried
The lovely flower to wave.
But all in vain - the shaft of death.
Consigned it to the grave.
- No. 256. - Children of Charles and Ruby O. Kingsbury.
Charles Edward died Aug. 28, 1838, aged 15 weeks.
- No. 257. - Stella Maria, Sept. 19, 1843, aged 14 months.
- No. 258. - Charles Edward, died March 29, 1849, aged 5
- No. 259. - Stella Maria, died Oct. 1, 1853, aged 8 years.
- No. 260. - Cyrus Kingsbury, died June 30, 1863, aged 65.
- No. 261. - Rachel, wife of Cyrus Kingsbury, died
March 26, 1843, aged 38; John S., their son, died March 16,
1843, aged 8 months.
- No. 262. - Sarah, daughter of C. and R. Kingsbury,
died Aug. 12, 1849, aged 9 years.
- No. 263. - Elijah Knight, Esq., died 1842, aged 86.
- No. 264. - Martha Knight, died 1847, aged 73 years.
- No. 265. - John McKoy, died May 20, 1842, aged 43 years.
- No. 266. - Here are the remains of James Lanman, who died
the 22d day of June, A. D. 1809, aged 60 years. formerly deacon of
the church in Brattle street, Boston.
Faithful to his family, to his friends and to the
Church of God.
The sweet remembrance of the just shall flourish while
they sleep in dust.
- No. 267. - Miss Hannah Lanman, born in Cambridge, Mass.,
Jan. 3, 1850, died Jan. 16, 1837, aged 81.
- No. 268. - Sacred to the memory of Susan Dawes Lanman, wife
of Daniel Gilbert of Boston, and only child of James and
Susanna Lanman, who died Aug. 5, 1851, aged 25.
Blessed are the pure in spirit.
- No. 269. - Mrs. Lydia Lebourveau died April 6, 1846, aged
- No. 270. - In memory of Emily, daughter of Mr. George W.
and Mrs. Betsey Lebourveau, who died Oct. 26, 1822, aged 16
Sleep on, sweet babe.
And rest secure;
Thy body's safe,
Thy soul's sure.
- No. 271. - George W. Lebourveau, died June 25, 1828, aged
- No. 272. - Capt. John Leonard died April, 27, 1829,
- No. 273. - Betsey Nurss Leonard, wife of Capt. John
Leonard, born April 27, 1755, died Dec. 7, 1855, aged 100 years
7 months and 10 days.
[NOTE: - This lady rode from Keene to Boston and back
in the cars, after she was one hundred years old. How many
women of the present day will do it?]
- No. 274. - Rowland Sumner Leonard, son of Joseph B. and
Ruth H. Leonard, born Aug. 31, 1840, died May 25, 1841, aged 8
months and 25 days.
Shed not for him the bitter tears,
Nor sorrow with a vain regret;
'Tis but the casket which lies here,
The gem in Heaven is sparkling yet.
- No. 275. - Lawrence Leonard, died Sept. 15, 1843, aged 40.
- No. 276. - Mary, daughter of John and Hannah
Lawrence, died April 19, 1843, aged 7.
- No. 277. - Alvin Lawrence, died Dec. 19, 1849, aged
- No. 278. - In memory of Thaddeus MacCarty, Esq., who
died Nov. 21, A. D. 1802, aged 55 years.
- No. 279. - In memory of William, son of Doctor Thaddeus
and Mrs. Experience MacCarty, who died Feb. 4, 1797, aged 13
- No. 280. - Martha, wife of Benjamin Mann,
Esq., died May 17, 1808, aged 65.
- No. 281. - Charlotte Mundell, died Nov. 15,
1828, aged 18.
(To Be Continued.)
|Source: New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, NH) Page: 1
Dated: Feb. 10, 1876
For the New Hampshire
One hundred and fifteen deaths in Keene during the year
1875! This is the largest number ever reported during one
year. How many homes made desolate - how many hearts made sad!
Still the business of the town goes right along as usual, others
step in to fill the vacant places: and so it will be until the end
of time. We that are in the "fifties" must soon step aside for
the "fifteens" and "twenties."
No. 2 - Continued
Let me give you a few figures from the vital statistics
of New York city for 1875 they may be interesting to some of your
readers that have but little idea of the magnitude of this great
city. The whole number of deaths recorded, 30,122; marriage,
7,565; births, 23,813; still-born, 2,240. Died of diphtheria,
2,150; cancer, 409; infants found dead in the street, 102; from
falling down stairs, 47; from falling out of windows, 38; from
falling out of wagons, 14; suicides, 184, and 8 hung for murder.
Very soon it will be a serious question for the New Yorkers, where
shall we bury our dead? New York city has more funerals every
day in the year than the city of Keene has in a whole year; still
many people of Keene are not happy, because there is no land for the
new cemetery. There are many good lots yet in the old burying
ground on Washington street, and could those that have been taken
from this old graveyard, where their dearest friends had laid them,
rise up and speak, they would protest against their removal to the
In this article will be found the name of one who
entered Dartmouth College at the age of nine years - possibly the
youngest person that ever entered college. Also that of
John Prentiss, the father of the NEW HAMPSHIRE SENTINEL, who
wrote his own epitaph.
- No. 281. - Charlotte Mundell, died
March 15, 1828, aged 18.
- No. 282. - This marble was erected by Mr. Gilbert Mellen to
preserve from oblivion the memory of his affectionate consort,
Mrs. Mary Mellen who died April 26, 1814, aged 42.
Intered within this silent grave she lies,
Mouldering dust obscured from human eyes,
Her soul has sweetly fled to realms above
Where vice and woe are not, but all is love.
- No. 283. - Cyrus Mulliken, died Dec. 31, 1840, aged 44.
- No. 284. - Mary, wife of Cyrus Mulliken, died April
16, 1845, aged 39.
- No. 285. - Harriett Mulliken, born Aug. 26, 1828, died
March 22, 1867, aged 38.
This is but the mortal part.
- No. 286. - Alexander Milliken, died May 14, 1854, aged 74.
- No. 287. - Martha, wife of Abijah Metcalf, died May
11, 1838, aged 40.
- No. 288. - Capt. Henry N. Metcalf.
"Tis sweet to die for one's country.
Henry N. Metcalf, Co. F, N. H. Vols.
killed in Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, aged 30.
- No. 289. - Martha Wood, daughter of Abijah and Martha
Metcalf, died Aug. 20, 1865, aged 27.
- No. 290. - Rebecca, wife of M. Metcalf and mother of
Josiah and Rebecca Capen, died May 16, 1851, aged 88.
- No. 291. - In memory of Elizabeth W. May, who died June 16,
1835, aged 15 years.
Happy soul, thy days are ended,
All thy mourning days below;
Go by angel guards attended,
To the sight of Jesus, go.
- No. 292 - Salome, wife of Silas May died April 22,
1845, aged 27.
- No. 293. - Harriet C. daughter of Wm. and Almira Marsh,
died March 10, 1837, aged 3 years and 3 months.
- No. 294. - George Marsh, died Feb. 14, 1851, aged 38.
[NOTE. - George Marsh was killed on the Cheshire
Railroad by being crushed between a car and the platform of a
freight depot in Keene.]
- No. 295. - Mary E., wife of George Marsh, died May
20, 1859, aged 41.
- No. 296. - Charles H., son of G. and M. E. Marsh,
died April 9, 1841, aged 15 months.
- No. 297. - Sophia Munn died Oct. 3, 1842, aged 5 months;
Emeline Munn, died Nov. 24, 1843, aged 4 months and 11 days;
children of John D. and Elizabeth Munn.
- No. 298. - Geneve S., daughter of Abel H. and Mary
S. Miller, died Aug. 26, 1845, aged 13 months and 10 days.
- No. 299. - Mary J., daughter of Isaac and Sarah Ann
Mason, died Sept. 2, 1845, aged 9 months and 16 days.
- No. 300. - Francis M., son of Isaac and Sarah Ann Mason,
died July 15, 1848, aged 7 years 10 months and 7 days.
- No. 301. - Harriet A., daughter of John and Matilda W.
Mason, died Dec. 16, 1853, aged 12 years and 2 months.
Too soon thou art gone, thou loved one,
And left thy dearest friends to mourn.
- No. 302. - Sabra, wife of Jonathan Mansfield, died
Dec. 1, 1849, aged 58.
Dear friends, weep not for me,
I'm free from pain and care;
The Lord has called me hence,
And I his blessings share.
- No. 304. - Jonathan E., son of Laton and Lydia Martin,
died March 14, 1849, aged 14 months.
Thou destroyeth the hope of man.
- No. 305. - Here lies the body of George Newcomb, son of
Daniel Newcomb, Esq., and Sarah, his wife. He was
born Oct. 16, 1783, admitted a member of Dartmouth College Aug.
28th, 1792, and drowned in Ashuelot River June 10th, 1796.
- No. 306. - Daniel Newcomb, M. D., was born April 2d, 1785,
and died May 13, 1809.
- No. 307. - Here lies the body of Mrs. Sarah Newcomb, wife
of Daniel Newcomb. Esq., and daughter of Rev. David
Stearns of Lunenburg. She was born April 25th, 1758, and
died Nov. 13th, 1796, in the 39th year of her age.
How loved, how valued once, avails thee not,
To whom related or by whom begot,
A heap of dust alone remains of thee,
'Tis all thou art, and what we all must be.
- No. 308. - Daniel Newcomb, was born at Norton, Mass., 1746;
was graduated at Harvard College 1768; settled at Keene as attorney
at law 1778; was chief justice of the county court and senator in
the State Legislature; died at Keene July 14, 1818, aged 72.
He neither sought nor declined honours.
- No. 309. - Here lies the body of Seth Newcomb, who was born
Oct. 20th, A. D. 1786, died Oct. 31st, 1811, aged 25 years, whose
life though short, was active; too much devoted, however, to the
world, and too little to his Maker; and not till the chastening hand
of providence was in mercy extended to him did he duly estimate the
importance of faithfully examining the evidence of christianity; but
severe and long-continued sickness induced reflection and inquiry,
and the result was, regret that his conduct had been so long
influenced by worldly views, and full conviction of the truth of our
holy religion; and he died, as he believed, a humble and penitent
sinner, resting his hopes of pardon and salvation on the merits of
- No. 310. - Hannah Newcomb was born at Boston, Mass., 1769,
died at Keene, Sept. 2, 1851, aged 82 years.
Her children arise and call her blessed.
- No. 311. - Everett Newcomb, died Sept. 10, 1837, aged 50
- No. 312. - Sarah R. Newcomb, died June 19, 1873, aged 81.
- No. 313. - Hannah Newcomb, died June 7, 1870, aged 46.
- No. 314. - Phinehas Nurse (granite monument).
- No. 315. - Miss Susan Nurse, died Nov. 8, 1843, aged 26.
- No. 316. - Sibyl Norton, died July 3, 1822, aged 19 months.
- No. 317. - James K. Norton, died Feb. 4, 1823, aged 6
- No. 318. - James H. Norton, died July 3, 1826, aged 6
- No. 319. - Drusilla S. Norton, died Nov. 2, 1832,, aged 5
years and 6 months.
- No. 320. - Horace J. Norton, died Nov. 30, 1832, aged 2
years and 8 months.
- No. 321. - John L. Norton, died Feb. 18, 1847, aged 12
- No. 322. - Roswell Nims, died April 24, 1855, aged 71.
- No. 323. - Sally, wife of Roswell Nims, died Oct.
24, 1857, aged 68.
- No. 324. - Rosswell Nims, Jr., died Sept. 25, 1838, aged
- No. 325. - In memory of Mr. David Nims, who died July 21,
1803, (age is not plain.)
- No. 326. - In memory of Mrs. Abigail Nims, wife of Mr.
David Nims. She died July 13, 1799, aged 80 years.
- No. 327. - In memory of Capt. Alpheus Nims, who died June
8, 1804, aged 49 years.
Also, George, died Oct. 8, 1796. aged 6 years;
Nabbie, died Aug. 9, 1794, aged 15
Eliakin, died Sept. 5, 1796, aged 16 months;
Josiah Richardson, died March 16, 1801, aged 7
Alpheus, died March 8, 1802, aged 2 days;
children of Capt. A. Nims.
- No. 328. - Abigail, wife of Alpheus Nims, died
April 9, 1816, in her 49th year.
- No. 329. - Erected in memory of George, son of Alpheus
and Abigail Nims. he died at Getersburg, Virginia, Dec.
31, 1818, aged 20 years and 6 months.
- No. 330. - Esther Newell, died Sept. 14, 1867, aged 69.
Dear mother, gone to rest.
- No. 331. - John Newell, died Sept. 25, 1850, aged 51.
A husband dear, a father kind,
Has gone and left his friends behind;
Has gone we trust to realms of light,
Where all Christ's followers will unite.
- No. 332. - Charles William, an infant, died July 21, 1841;
Sarah Ann, died Nov. 19, 1853, aged 9 years and 3 months;
children of Wm. A. and Susan D. Norwood.
Peace to their ashes, may they sleep
In arms of heavenly love,
And when our pilgrimage is o'er,
We hope to meet again.
- No. 333. - Freddy, died Jan. 12, 1856, aged 8 months;
Carrie J., died Jan. 10, 1857; children of Chester and
Sleep on sweet babes and take they rest,
God early called for he knew best.
- No. 334. - Mr. Thomas Ocington, who departed this life Oct.
3, 1814, in the 21st year of his age.
Happy the soul that does in Heaven rest,
Who with the Saviour he is ever blest;
With heavenly joys and raptures is possessed,
No thought but his God inspires his breast.
- No. 335. - Samuel Osgood, died July 11, 1828, aged 71.
- No. 336. - John Osgood, died Apr. 7, 1828, aged 50
- No. 337. - Ellen, daughter of Thomas and Charlotte C.
Grady, died June 29, 1858, aged 11 months and 25 days.
Thy home is Heaven.
- No. 338. - To preserve from oblivion the memory of William M.,
son of Mr. William and Mrs. Abigail Pierce, who died Feb. 8,
1812, aged 1 year.
Sweet babe, a dying father wept for thee,
Its mother kind mourned the sad decree;
To Jesus this little child is gone,
For of such is the kingdom of Heaven.
- No. 339. - Sacred to the memory of Mr. William Pierce, who
departed this life March 8, 1812, aged 43.
Not prudence can defend, nor virtue save
Our dying bodies from the silent grave;
Tho's mouldering in the dust this friend must lie,
His soul immortal can never, never die.
- No. 340. - Mrs. Abigail, wife of Mr. William Pierce,
born Oct. 28, 1775, died Feb. 2, 1818, aged 42.
"Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.
- No. 341. - His own epitaph.
Here lie the mortal remains of John Prentiss,
born in Reading, Mass., March 21, 1778. He established the N.
H. SENTINEL in 1799, and conducted it principally 49 years.
Died June 6, 1873, aged 95.
"He lived - he died - Behold the sum,
The abstract of the historian's page!"
- No. 342. - Here rest the remains of Diantha, wife of
John Prentiss. She died March 1, 1856, aged 74.
She has gone to the day-break,
Where the shadows flee away. - Sol. Song.
- No. 343. - In memory of Pamelia Mellen, third daughter
of John and Diantha Prentiss who died Oct. 9, 1820, aged 13
years and 4 months.
Tell those who sigh
O'er some dear friend's untimely doom
That all must die;
She whom they saw laid in the tomb,
In God's own paradise may bloom.
- No. 344. - In memory of Ellen Sophia, fourth daughter of
John and Diantha Prentiss, who died Dec. 28, 1825, aged 14 years
and 8 months.
Dust to its narrow home beneath,
Soul to its place on high;
They that have seen thy look in death,
No more may fear to die.
- No. 345. - Edmund S., son of John and Diantha
Prentiss, died May 23, 1846, aged 26.
- No. 346. - Sacred to the memory of George A. Prentiss,
commodore U. S. Navy, son of John and Diantha
Prentiss, who died April 8, 1868, aged 59.
"His hands are folded on his breast,
The long disquiet merged in rest.
How sink the brave who sink to rest,
By all their country's wishes bleat."
- No. 347. - George W. Prentiss, of New York, died Feb. 28,
1829, aged 37.
- No. 348. - Charles P. Perkins, died Dec. 4, 1850, aged 46.
- No. 349. - Mary F. Perkins, died Aug. 14, 1853, aged 49.
- No. 350. - Mary L., daughter of Charles P. and Mary F.
Perkins died Sept. 5, 1832, aged 2.
- No. 351. - Charles Henry, son of Charles P. and Mary F.
Perkins, died June 1, 1838, aged 5.
- No. 352. - Ferdinand Preckle, died Nov. 19, 1833, aged 39.
- No. 353. - Ann C. Parsons died Feb. 10, 1833, aged 21.
She was amiable, unassuming, conscientious, and
faithful in the discharge of duty. The grave of the young
whose health and vigor promised many coming years teaches the living
the importance of a constant trust in God, thus to be prepared for
affliction, disease and death.
- No. 354. - James Parker, died April 27, 1862, aged 73.
- No. 355. - Martha, wife of James Parker, died July
28, 1850, aged 64.
- No. 356. - Sarah E., daughter of James and Martha Parker
died Dec. 14, 1838, aged 17.
Dearest sister thou hast left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hast bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
- No. 357. - Jonathan Parker, died Aug. 28, A. D. 1817, in
the 56th year of his age.
- No. 358. - Hepsibeth, wife of Jonathan Parker, died
Nov. 21, 1848, aged 84.
- No. 359. - Esther P., wife of L. B. Page, died
Feb. 27, 1870, aged 70.
- No. 360. - Alden L., son of L. B. and E. P. Page, of
Co. C, 2nd Reg. Maine Vols., died July 4, 1862, aged 25.
- No. 361. - Esther L., daughter of L. B. and E. P. Page,
died May 5, 1841, aged 7 years.
- No. 362. - Roxanna Plantain, died June 26, 1843, aged 46.
[NOTE. - She was colored and once a slave.]
- No. 363. - Putnam (granite monument)
- No. 364. - Edward Poole, a native of Danvers, Mass., died
May 7, 1847, aged 34.
- No. 365. - Helen Poole, died Nov. 17, 1846, aged 22 months.
- No. 366. - Hannah K. Perham, wife of Geo. W. Perham
died at Nashville, N. H., Oct. 8, 1849, aged 28.
- No. 367. - Relief, wife of Samuel Payson, died July
13, 1857, aged 79.
In that bright world which follows this,
May each repeat in words of bliss.
We're all, all here.
- No. 368. - Ella F., daughter of James H. and Susan
Payson, died May 1, 1855, aged 2 years and 4 months.
Safe in Heaven, and so soon.
- No. 369. - Huldah Pond, born Aug. 7, 1777, died March 23,
- No. 370. - Mrs. Sarah McNiel, wife of David Richardson,
died April 2d, 1814, aged 24.
- No. 371. - Hon. Josiah Richardson, died Feb. 20, 1820, aged
- No. 372. - Artemas Richardson, died Nov. 4, 1845, aged 51.
- No. 373. - Charles Richardson, died Jan. 20, 1848, aged 16.
- No. 374. - Martha M. Richardson, died April 6, 1864, aged
- No. 375. - Alexander Rolston, a native of Falkerk, died
March 29, 1810, aged 64.
In my distress I called my God,
When I could scarce believe him mine;
He bowed his ear to my complaint,
The did his grace appear divine.
- No. 376. - Jannett, wife of Alexander Rolston, a
native of Falkerk, Scotland, died June 11, 1833, aged 85.
- No. 377. - Levi Russell, died Sept. 21, 1831, aged 31.
Eliza Emeline Russell, died Nov. 16, 1832, aged
5 years and 9 months;
Mary F. W., died Jan. 29, 1832, aged 7 months;
daughters of Levi and Elizabeth Russell.
- No. 378. - Rebecca A. Martin, wife of Jeduthun
Russell, died Feb. 17, 1863, aged 74.
- No. 379. - Jonathan Rand, died Feb. 11, 1838, aged 76.
- No. 380. - Anna, wife of Jonathan Rand, died July
26, 1858, aged 85.
(To be continued.)
|Source: New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, NH) Volume: LXXXI
Issue: 19 Page: 1
Dated: May 8, 1879
For the New Hampshire
The Old Graveyard at Ash Swamp, on the Farm of Mr. Ashley
When I wrote Mortuary No.
1, from the best information I then had, I supposed that the burying
ground at the South end of Main street, was the first used in town;
but I find on searching the old records of the town that I was
mistaken. In these records I find that at a meeting of the
proprietors held Feb. 23d, 1762, (one hundred and seventeen years
ago this last February,) it was voted that the neck of land where
Isaac Clark and Amos Foster were buried, be appropriated
and set apart for a burying-place for the town. This land had
been used for a burying place for some years before 1762, but at
this time it was set apart from the common land, by the original
proprietors, to be forever kept as a burying-place. Here I
find a monument erected to the memory of Amos Foster, who
died in March, 1761, so I am sure this neck of land is the one meant
in the old records, and Mortuary No. 6, should have been No. 1
instead. But this is only proving the scriptures that the
first shall be last. There are indications to show that there
have been buried in this old burying-place about one hundred; but
to-day there are but eleven monuments to be found, and on some of
these the inscription cannot be made out, and in a few short years
no monument will be left in this the first burying-place of the
fathers of Keene, to mark the spot where their bones lie. The
present generation care but little about these things, but knowing
that the old readers of the SENTINEL like to read and talk about the
old times, I have searched the old records of the town to find out
what I could about the original owners of these bones, more than the
inscription on these eleven monuments give us. I find but
little, but what I do find, I give your readers.
Isaac Clark was buried in this burying-place,
but no monument marks the spot. A word or two about him:
His home stood near where Mr. Leonard Wright now lives.
Possibly there is not a soul now living in Keene to-day that cares a
straw whether Isaac Clark ever lived or died; but let us see
what the original proprietors of the town thought of him, some one
hundred and forty years ago (Jan. 7, 1740). They voted to make
such grant to land to such persons as they shall think desire the
same, for hazarding their lives and estate by living here to bring
forward the settling of the place. Under this vote Isaac
Clark was granted ten acres of upland. He was chosen at
the first meeting of the proprietors held on the first Wednesday of
May, 1753, to survey the lands and run the bounds. (This was
when the charter of the town was first adopted.) Isaac
Clark died about 1751; his estate was settled by Ephraim
Dorman, the man that called the first legal town meeting Keene
ever held. Isaac Clark once owned four hundred acres of
land in Ash Swamp. The old records tell us that he was
baptized in Boxford, Mass., 1 Feb. 1713. Lived in Ashuelot and
Keene, N. H. His will was proved 25 March, 1761. He
married Mary Dorman (daughter of Ephraim Dorman) Dec.
22, 1751. She died before 1761; he left no issue.
Let us see what kind of stuff Isaac Clark's wife
was made of. In 1746, when she was a girl, about one hundred
Indians appeared in the own and killed a number of the inhabitants;
this was the time they surrounded Nathan Blake's barn, making
him prisoner and taking him to Canada. Mrs. Clark was
at a barn some fifty rods distant; leaving it she espied an Indian
near her who threw away his gun and advanced to make her his
prisoner, thinking it an easy task to catch a white squaw. She
gathered up her clothes around her waist and started for the Fort,
(near the Dr. Adams place where Mr. Lemuel Hayward now
lives). She animated by cheers from her friends, outran her
pursuer, who skulked back for his gun. Isaac Clark and
wife were buried in this old burying-place, but in what grave no man
can tell, as the marble that marked the spot has entirely
disappeared. The following is a list of the inscriptions on
all the monuments now standing:
- No. 1. - In memory of Mrs. Hannah, wife of Mr. Royal
Blake, who Dec'd Nov. ye 21st, 1779, aged 19 years.
- No. 2. In memory of Joseph, a son Mr. Royal Blake
& Mrs. Hannah, his wife, he Dec'd Nov. ye 7th, aged 12 weeks.
[ Note. - Royal Blake was a member of the foot
company, 1773; he died Oct. 9, 1827, aged 71, and was buried in the
old yard near the Sawyer place.]
- No. 3. - In memory of Mrs. Zipporah Blake, wife of Doct.
Obadiah Blake, who Dec'd Feb. 25, 1785, aged 57 years.
[Note. Clemment Sumner was the first
settled gospel minister of the town, (April 27, 1761.) Dr.
Obadiah Blake was one of the committee to make the settlement;
this committee was voted twelve pounds lawful money of the
Massachusetts Bay for the trouble and charge in providing for the
counsel at Mr. Sumners ordination, also five pounds for
paying Mr. Sumner for five weeks' preaching before his
settlement. It was voted by the town this year, that the
Rev. Mr. Sumner's salary be stated on commodities as they be now
and so from year to year. Commodities as they be now:
wheat at 3s, 2 1-2d. sterling per bushel; pork at 3d. per pound;
beef at 2d. per pound; Indian corn at 1s 8d. per bushel; rye at 2s.
6d. per bushel; labour in the Sumner at 2s. per day." This was
afterwards recorded upon the suggestion of Mr. Sumner that
the article of beef was stated above the market price. Dr.
Blake was one of the selectmen in 1762; he also belonged to the
alarm list in 1773. He was one grandson still living,
MR. Cyrus Blake, now living in Newton, Mass., an old man.
Justin D. Blake of Ash Swamp, Oscar and Orman Colony
(of the Cheshire Republican and Joshua D. Blake of
Surry, great grandsons. The Blake family was noted for
their size and great strength. Joshua D. Colony tells
me that on one occasion his father at one time with his horse and
wagon loaded with one thousand bricks, got stuck in the mud near
where Deacon Binney used to live, ws about unloading, when
Royal Blake came along and told him to hold on a minute; he
crawled under the wagon and putting his shoulder under the axletree,
told Colony when he heard the old wagon crack to put on the _ick;
the load was lifted and he drove along. He was also known to
take a burrel of cider out of his cart alone and carry it into the
- No. 4. - Dea. Simeon Clark, died 9 Dec. 1793, aged 70.
[Note. - He belonged to the foot company1773. In
1788 was pd. 2£ 2s. 4d. bal. for
serving in the late war.]
-No. 5. - Unity Durant, Consort of Mr. Joshua Durant,
died 29 Nov. 1781, aged 20.
[Note. - He lived on the Baker place, Ash Swamp.
Our Mr. Joshua D. Colony was named after Mr. Joshua Durant,
and to show that it meant something, in those days the boy was
presented with a fine wool sheep.]
- No. 6. - Here lies the Body of Mr. Naham, who Dec'd (the
- No. 7. - Ellis - Henry - Jedatiah Foster, (the rest gone.)
- No. 8. - Here lies buried Mr. Amos Foster who Dec'd March
the 22, 1761, in the 40th year of his age.
[Note. Amos Foster left by will one-half
of his property to the town. The value of the legacy is not known,
but in August, 1762, the town voted that Mr. Sumner's
settlement and his salary for the first year should be paid from
- No. 9. - My Father.
- No. 10.- In Memory of Mrs. Hannah, Wife of Mr. John
Grundy, Jun'r, who Dec'd Oct. 3, 1783, in ye 31
year of her age.
Here lies the grief of a fond mother,
She was a dear and dutiful daughter,
A kind wife and a tender mother.
Reader, behold as you pass by,
As you are living, once was I.
- No. 11. - In memory of Mary, Daughter of Jeremiah Stiles,
Esq., & Mrs. his wife, she Dec'd April ye 17, 1781,
aged 1 day.
[Note. - Jeremiah Stiles was the writer's great
grandfather. He was a man whom the town of Keene delighted to
honor, for he was in some office in the town from Feb. 15,
1769, until his death Dec. 6, 800, more than thirty years. He
lived on the corner of Cross and Washington streets, where Mr.
Clark's house now stands. He belonged to the foot company
in 1773, to the Committee of Safety 1776, was a representative of
the town, delegate to the Constitutional Convention held at Concord,
1778, selectman, town clerk, assessor, petit and grand juryman,
moderator in town meeting, one of the committee to arrange for the
settlement of the Rev. Aaron Hall, and a subscriber to the
fund to the fund to purchase the first town clock ever in Keene, in
1797. He and his good wife, Mary, were buried in the
old graveyard on Washington street. Now will the present
generation consent to have that neck of land set apart by the first
settlers for a place to bury their dead, be plowed up and planted,
as was the case of the old yard on the Robinson farm?
I can't yet quite believe it, but time will tell.]
The town voted March 3,1789, to fence the several
burying-places in the town and draw a committee of four for that
purpose, who are hereby authorized to call on their neighbors to
turn out and do said work without any cost or charge to the town,
chose Major Willard, Michael Metcalf, Levi Pattridge and
Capt. John Houghton. A vote was passed Aug. 27, 1792, to
fence the several burying grounds; also, in March 1795, and July 25,
the town was divided into districts for burying their dead.
Before closing this article, I wish again to protest
against the "fashion" of wasting so much money on a "funeral."
One writer says that Paris is a fearfully expensive place to die in,
especially for a foreigner. A man is "ruined for life," if he
dies there. The most modest style of funeral costs of hundred
dollars, so numerous are the charges that law and custom imposes.
The Troy, N. Y., clergymen have adopted resolutions recommending
that at funerals all unnecessary expenses, such as an exhibition of
flowers and a distribution of crape and gloves, be avoided, and that
there be a brief and simple burial service. This article
finishes the record of all the inscriptions on the monuments in the
six burying places set apart by the fathers of the town. It
has been a great job to get them all off, but I have been well paid
for the trouble by the thanks of so many of our "old people," not
excepting lots of the same from the young people. As very few
people ever see the Law of the State in regard to burying-places, I
give it from Chapter 263, Sec. 11, of the General Statues of New
If any person shall wrongfully destroy, mutilate,
deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument, gravestone or other
structure, in any place used for the burial of the dead, or any
fence, railing or curb for the protection of any such structure or
any enclosure for any such place of burial, or shall wrongfully
injure, cut, remove or destroy any three or shrub growing within
such enclosure, he shall be imprisoned not exceeding six months or
fined not exceeding five hundred dollars or both.
|Source: New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, NH) Volume:
LXXXIX Issue: 28 Page: 2
Dated: July 13, 1887
In this city, July 8, Deacon ISAAC
RAND, aged 76 years 10 months and 20 days.
In this city, July 9, MARVIN T. TOTTINGHAM, aged
62 years 3 months and 9 days.
In this city, July 10, FANNIE E. WHITNEY, wife
of Sumner Knight, aged 48 years and 11 months.
In East Westmoreland, June 29, Mr. LEWIS ALDRICH,
aged 85? years 5 months and 9 days.
In Ashuelot, July 9, of heart disease, Mrs. JOHN
ENGLISH, aged 56 years and 7 months.
In East Jaffrey, July 3, Mrs. SARAH (CUTTER) LAW,
in her 87th year. She was the oldest member of the East
Jaffrey Congregational church, and the widow of Artemas Law
who died in 1836?
At Genessee Hygene Institute, N. Y., June 29,
WILLIAM D. MILLIKEN of Rochester, N. Y., eldest son of
Mortimer D. Milliken of Clarendon, N. Y., formerly of Keene,
aged 50 years.
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