OLD GRAVE YARD. 187

[Transcribed by Dale H. Cook]

of Leonard Hill, had the small-pox at this same house, but he recovered, died 1827, and was buried in the old grave-yard in East Bridgewater.

OWNERS AND OCCUPANTS OF THE HILL FARM, AND EARLY
SETTLERS IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD
.

   Samuel Allen, Sen., the second town clerk, lived on the northeasterly bank of Matfield river, in early times called John's river, from John Howard, Minimus.   The said Howard lived on the site of the late Dea. Samuel Keene, from about 1680 to 1703.   The Allen house stood within a few rods of the river, from about 1662 to 1703.

   Dea. William Brett, son of Elder William Brett, married a daughter of John Cary, the first town clerk, 1651 to 1681.   He lived about thirty rods southwest from the railroad crossing, in or near a place called the Devil's Hop Yard, about the middle of the present clay pit of Joseph M. Loucraft, about two rods northeast of his (Brett's) well, still to be seen on the southwest side of this clay-pit.   The ground where his house stood has been razed ten or twelve feet for clay to make brick of, and we fear the well will soon follow the cellar.

   Dea. Thomas Hayward, who married Bethia, the only child of said Dea. William Brett, 1706, lived with his father-in-law for many years after his marriage, and his four children, born between 1707 and 1725, were probably born in this house.   He built a new house near where the late Solomon Hayward lived, in Bridgewater, and moved into it, and lived in it for several years before his death.   He died 1741, and was buried in the old yard in Bridgewater, and has a grave-stone.   The wife of Dea. Hayward died 1745, but it is not known where she was buried; probably by his side in the same yard.

   We have been shown the site, well and spring of a house on the improved land of the Hill farm about forty rods south from the railroad crossing, and about five rods northwest from the railroad track.   The well now in good condition, two or three rods northwest from the site of the house, in the edge of the woods, with a clump of shellbarks on one side, and of oaks on the other.   The ground where the well stands being twelve or more feet lower than where the house stood.   This is supposed to be the first Hill house in East Bridgewater, to wit: Jonathan Hill, who was alive 1706.

   Another house on the Hill farm stood about ten rods north of the present road, and fifty rods northwest from the present house of Henry C. Hill; well still to be seen.   This was the residence of Ebenezer

 

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