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From: Abigail Lumsden <>
Subject: Re: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Winter Burials
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 15:29:13 -0400
Quite a number of old cemeteries have special vaults to use until the
ground thaws enough to dig a grave.
On Jul 2, 2010, at 2:21 PM, Carol Botteron wrote:
> If someone died during the winter in Colonial times, as I understand
> it, the body was placed in a cold safe place, and then buried after
> the ground thawed.
> Is this correct? Can someone add details or examples? Might there
> be extra records (maybe at a church) about the placement, moving,
> and burial of the body?
> Yes, I'm still looking for the burial of my ancestor Richard Hixson
> who died 28 Jan 1717/18 in Dorchester (now Sharon). This info
> might help others whose ancestor died during the winter.
> Carol B.
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