Friday, October 15, 2010

James Coolidge, Sherborn, MA - 1757

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In Memory of Mr.
James Coolidge who
died June ye 23rd
1757 in ye
61st year
[of] his [age]

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Center Cemetery, Sherborn, Massachusetts

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alpha Brick, Sherborn, MA - 1795

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In memory of 
Alpha Brick
Son of Elijah Brick Junior
& Mary his wife: died
March 10th 1795
aged 3 days

Central Cemetery, Sherborn, Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Edward West, Sherborn, MA - 1694

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HERE LYETH Ye BODY
OF EDWARD WEST
AGED 57 YEARS
DIED JULY Ye 4TH
1694

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Central Cemetery, Sherborn, Massachusetts

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Deacon James Benedict and Sarah Benedict, Ridgefield, CT

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Here lies inter'd the Body of 
James Benedict Esq Deacon
of the 1st Church of Christ in
this Town [Ridgefield] together with Sarah
his wife who after haveing served
their generation according to the
will of GOD fell on sleep and were
gathered to their Father the first on
November 25, 1762 in the 77th year of his age
[- --] February 9th 1767 in the [-]
Year of her age.


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Mapleshade Cemetery, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Rachel Dauchy, Ridgefield, CT - 1748





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 Here lyes ye Body
of Mrs. RACHEL
DAUCHY, wife to
Ensign VIVUS DAUCHY
Who departed this 
life November 20th 1748 in ye
38th Year of Her Age.

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 Mapleshade Cemetery, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Vivus Dauchy, who was originally from France, arrived in New York about 1725.  He settled in Ridgefield and married Rachel Wallace.  He lived in what is now referred to as the David Scott house in Ridgefield.  Rachel gave birth to seven children before here death.  You can read more about Vivus & Rachel Dauchy and the David Scott House on the Ridgefield Historical Society website.

Source: Ridgefield Historical Society website

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cornelius Waldo, Chelmsford, MA - 1700

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HERE LYES Ye BODY OF
DEACON CORNELIUS WALDO
AGED 75 YEARS
DIED JANUARY Ye 3rd 1700

The Memory of
the just is blessed.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Scipio Brown, Mendon, MA - 1811

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Scipio
son of
Sally Brown who
died May 27,
1811 aged
9 months

Old Cemetery, Mendon, Massachusetts

This seems to me like an African American grave.  Scipio was a name more commonly reserved for African Americans.  It is also very telling that only his mother's name is included on the stone. Also, the stone is located at the furthest eastern end of the cemetery away from the main section of graves.

In the US Federal Census of 1810 there were 144 persons in the category "All other persons, except Indians, not taxed.  This is not completely accurate as there were persons listed in this column that were of known Native American families such as the Lesures.  The census also indicated that there were 11 slaves which is very surprising since most slaves in Massachusetts were emancipated in 1783. Mendon was populated by people of color by both Nipmucs and African Americans as well a a mixture of the two.

There were four Brown families listed in the 1810 census - Elizabeth Brown, Alvin Brown, Peter Brown and William Brown - non of which had people of color in their household.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Capt. John Raymond, Norwalk, CT - 1774

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Here
Lies Interr'd
the Body of
Capt. JOHN RAYMOND
who departed this
Life on ye 2d day of
January 1774 in the 81st
Year of his Age

You pass with Melancholy state
By all thise solemn [?] to of fa
[?] think as [?] your tread
above the venerable dead
[- - ] like you [- -]
[] time will be when you shall rest

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Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut

Monday, October 4, 2010

Barnabas Metcalf, Franklin, MA - 1799

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In memory of
Mr. Barnabas Metcalf, 
who died November
ye 2nd 1799
in ye 80th Year
of his age.

A soul prepar'd needs no delay,
The summons comes the Saint obeys;
In faith he dy'd in dust he lies,
But faith forsees that dust shall rise.


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Union Street Burying Ground, Franklin, Massachusetts

This stone was most likely carved by the Fisher/Farrington Shop.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Elisabeth Lawrance, Norfolk, MA - 1780

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In Memory of Mrs,
Elisabeth (widow of Mr
Ebenezer Lawrance)
Died July 16th
1780
Aged 51 years

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 Norfolk Cemetery, Norfolk, Massachusetts

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Joseph Pierpont, Peabody, MA -1794

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Sacred
to the Memory
of
Mr. JOSEPH PIERPONT
a Man
of strict Integrity
extensive Charity
and
unaffected Piety
died
September 23rd 1794
aged 88 Years.

Blessed are the Dead, who
die in the Lord.



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Old South Cemetery, Peabody, Massachusetts