|OLD GRAVE YARD.||189|
[Transcribed by Dale H. Cook]
6. Bela and Bezer, sons of Jacob (5), had two or more children, 1815 and after, and died, Bezer 1821, and Bela 1862.
7. Henry G., son of said Bela, now living with family on the homestead.
These appear to be the only persons of the Hill family who lived with families on the old homestead, and the only persons with families of that name who lived in East Bridgewater except three, to wit: David Hill, son of Nathaniel, who lived with his family opposite the house of the late Welcome Young, and who sold out his homestead of 41¼ acres and house to John Young, in 1777, and who after that disappears. Israel Hill, who married Beriah Latham, 1748; had thirteen children, 1749-1770; lived in the house now owned and occupied by Charles Lincoln in Satucket, and died after 1769. And the late Leonard Hill, son of the last Jacob, and brother of said Bela and Bezer.
It does not appear where Jonathan, Ebenezer, Eleazer, and Jacob first, were buried, nor where their wives, or the wife of the second Jacob were buried; and if those six graves are of the Hill family, they would probably be six of the nine persons, four men and five women, above named.
It is not known that any member of, or any person belonging to these families, or to any family in this neighborhood, ever died with the small-pox, except the child of Richard Thayer, and there is no tradition of any pox-house in this neighborhood, or in any part of East Bridgewater; and though this ground has generally been considered a small-pox grave-yard, it is quite as likely to be, and most likely was, a private burying-ground of the Hill family, or of the very early settlers in this neighborhood.
We find only a few deaths by small-pox in East Bridgewater to wit:
|Thomas Wade,||died||April 17, 1777,||aged||56;|
|Gain Robinson,||"||Feb. 26, 1778,||"||54;|
|Thomas Latham,||"||April 28, 1778,||"||49;|
|Bourn Perkins,||"||May 3, 1778,||"||20;|
|The Thayer child||"||Jan. 15, 1793,||"||1 mo;|
|Thomas Wood,||"||Jan. 19, 1827,||"||19;|
|A Mrs. Thrasher,||"||1860.|
Probably some persons from this town went to the pox-house in South Abington, near the line of East Bridgewater, but no death of any such person, or of any other person in East Bridgewater, from that cause, has come to our knowledge.
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