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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Epitaphs from the Cemetery of Worcester Common -Part V.
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 09:57:49 EDT
Epitaphs from the Cemetery of Worcester Common
by W. S. Barton - Printed by Henry J. Howland,
171 Main Street.
138. Rebekah Jones, w. of Lieut. Noah Jones. (No. 195) ; d. Jan. 12, 1771? ;
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." (Ep.)
139. Hannah Taylor, w. of Othniel Taylor. (No 190); d. Jan. 3, 1772; a. 52.
140. Capt. Thomas Sterne ; d. Jan. 16, 1772; a. 76.
His epitaph is:
"The grave is mine house.
I have made my bed in the darkness.
I have said-Corruption, thou art my father-
to the worm, thou art my mother and my sister. Job xvii. 13, 14."
[Capt. Sterne was for some time an innholder in this place, occupying
a site near the present U. S. Hotel. His wife (post No. 212) succeeded
him in that station.]
141. Joseph Clark; d. June 8 1772; a. 77.
142. Esther Elder, w. of Wm. Elder. (No. 223); d. Aug. 31, 1772; a. 59
143. John Flagg, d. Dec. 29, 1772; a. 24.
This pleasant child,
in whom we did delight, Lies here in Dust,
Now Buried From our Sight." (Epitaph.)
144. Major Daniel Heywood ; d. Ap. 12, 1773; a. 79.
"He was an early settler in this town, and one of the first Deacons of the
church in this place, in which office he cont'd to the day of his death.
This monument is erected at the desire and expence of his grandson and heir,
Daniel Heywood.- Psalm 90: 10." (His epitaph.)
145. Mary Stone, w. of Jonathan Stone.; d. Aug. 7, 1773; a. 47,
"after a long Sickness, which She bore with Great Submission." (Epitaph.)
146. Betty Rice, dr. of Jonathan (No. 243) and Eunice Rice. ; d. Sep. 11,
a. 2 y. 4 m.
147. "Samuel Kinsley, who died on his journey from Deerfield
to his family at Bridgewater, Sept. 25, 1773, aet. 57 yrs.
Beloved at home, beloved abroad,
Death sudden on the Road ...
" (Inscription partly illegible.)
148. Charles Adams; d. Nov. 3, 1773; a. 86.
" As Living men my Tomb do view Remember
that] here's room for you." (Epitaph)
149. John Wiley, s. of Joseph and Martha Wiley.; d. Dec. 26, 1773; a. 15.
150. "Miss Priscilla Grout, died Dec. 26, 1773, aet. 27.
This is erected by Jason Duncan, in memory of his True Love." (Epitaph.)
151. Lydia Holbrook, w. of Abel Holbrook; d. [Jan. 27; T. R.] 1773; a. 37.
152. Samuel Stowell, s. of Cornelius Stowell. (No. 292); d. Ap. 14, 1774 ;
153. William Swan; died Ap. 18, 1774; a. 59.
[He was one of the Old South Church Singers in March, 1770,
at the time the introduction of singing by the choir produced
so great an excitement in that church as to cause the venerable
Deacon Chamberlain (post No. 236) to absent himself from Divine
Service, after his ineffectual and amusing resistance to this
innovation. See an interesting account in Lincoln's History, p. 178.]
154. John Mahan ; d. July 31; 1774; a. 51. [Epitaph, same as in No 40.]
155. Sarah Mower, w. of Capt. Sam'l Mower. (No. 210); d. Oct. 10, 1774; a.
156. Robert Blair ; d. Oct. 14, 1774; a. 91.
His epitaph is this
"How great, how firm, how sacred all appears,
How worthy an immortal round of years;
Yet all must drop as Autumn's ripest grain,
And Earth and Firmament be sought in vain."
[Abraham Blair, an ancestor of some of our present citizens
distinguished himself in the famous siege of Londonderry
A. D. 1689. See Linc. Hist.]
157. Rebekah Curtis, w. of Capt. John Curtis. (No. 275.); d. Mar. 4, 1775; a
158. Charles Blair, son of Joseph and Mary Blair.; d. May 28; 1775, a. 24.
"Time shall be slain, all nature destroy'd,
Nor leave an atom in mighty void." (Epitaph.)
159. Mary Jettison, w. of Capt. Israel Jettison. (No. 203); d. June 19; 1775
"Israel Jenison and Mary his wife, lived together 36 years, 8 months and 9
peace and love. When this you see, remember me." (Epitaph.)
160. Dorothy Chapin, w. of Benj. Chapin; d. July 14, 1775; a. 20.
161. Abel Flagg; d. Sept. 18, 1775; a. 22.
All you that read the state of me,
think of the glass that runs for thee." (Epitaph.)
162. Jonathan Rice, s. of Jona. and Eunice Rice.; d. Oct. 28; 1775; aged 11
yrs. 10 mos.
[During this year, there were 76 deaths in Worcester, mostly from the Small
See Line. Hist.]
163. Isaac Gleson ; d. Jan. 7, 1776; a. 57.
"Reader, Far from this world of toil and strife,
They're present with the Lord,
The labors of their mortal life
End in a large Reward." (Epitaph.)
164. Hannah Pratt, dr. of Richard and Elisabeth Pratt; d. Feb. 17, 1776;
165. Cornelius Stowell, s. of Cornelius and Survilah Stowell; b. Dec. 26,
died,m Ap. 24, 1776.
166. "Airs. Elisabeth Aluncreef, late of Boston ;" d. May 3, 1776; aged 44.
167. Thomas Stearnes Stephens, s. of Capt. Simon and Martha Stearns.(No.
d. June 1, 1776; a. 7 y. 10. m.
168. Capt. James Goodwin; d. June 2, 1776; a 62.
[He was engaged in the campaign of 1757, and was "well
respected as an honest, worthy man." Mass. Spy of June
21, and Line. Hist.1
169. Elisabeth Brown, dr. of Samuel and Abigail Brown.; d. June 22, 1776; a.
"She often made our hearts for to rejoice,
her pleasant nature and her chearful voice,
But God * * * * * * * * * ." (Epitaph partly indistinct.)
170. Daniel Bigelow ; d. Aug. 29, 1776; a 48.
[He was a brother of the distinguished Col. Timothy Bigelow (post No. 237),
and the names of his other brothers, his sister and parents, with further
particulars of interest, may be found in Line. Hist. p. 277.
The name Bigelow was formerly written Biglo, by corruption
from the ancient name Bedloe]
171. Elisabeth Howe, w. of Ezekiel Howe; b. Oct. 25, 1718; d. Sep. 13, 1776.
Sweet soul, we leave thee to thy Rest,
Enjoy thy Jesus and thy God,
Till we climb up the shining Road." (Epitaph.)
To be continued Part VI.
Edited by Janice Farnsworth
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