190 EAST BRIDGEWATER,  

[Transcribed by Dale H. Cook]

   There is one grave on the east bank of Satucket river, west of the late Thomas Chamberlain house.   It was there when Chamberlain bought his farm of Nicholas and Josiah Whitman, 1794.   It is supposed to be, and no doubt was, a case of small-pox, but who or when is uncertain.   If it was David Conant, who died 1760, it was the earliest case of small-pox known in old Bridgewater, except Seth Brett, who died of small-pox, 1722, in West Bridgewater.   It may have been his son, David Conant, Jr., who died 1792, or some other member of the Conant family, which lived near the Conant or Chamberlain bridge.   There were three Conant houses and several Conant families living at this place from 1706 to about 1790.

   William Conant bought of N. Allen, in 1706, the Chamberlain farm, and built a house immediately back of the present house, which was two stories in front, one story back; taken down and the present house built by Thomas Chamberlain in 1811, with the aid of his daughters—pioneers in the art of braiding straw.   David Conant, son of William, owned three-fourths acre and house on south side of the old Plymouth road, bounded east by the great Gall; south by the river.   A third house was built, owned, and occupied by some members of this Conant family.   This was a common one-story house, with front door and chimney in the middle, and stood where Alfred Bottomer now lives, and was taken down by him a few years ago, to make room for his present house.   Rufus and Rhoda Conant sold this last one-story house and fourteen acres of land on which it stood, to Robert Latham, 1783, and the Conant family all sold out and mostly went to Lyme, N. H., where the Rev. William Conant, a son of said David, and grandson of said William, a graduate of Yale College, 1770, was the settled minister, and to which town a large number of Bridgewater people emigrated.   Said old house of William Conant is well remembered by the writer.

   In 1852, Peleg Osbourn dedicated a small piece of land in front of his house for a private burial-place.   It now has some five or six graves upon it.   He died Aug. 27, 1864, aged 77, and was buried upon it.

   There are two graves near the house of the late Earl Josselyn, in the east part of the town, supposed to be the graves of Earl Josselyn and wife.   A private grave-yard, unenclosed.

[Transcribed by Arthur Richardson]

   The Hudson tomb, built by Nathan and John Hudson in 1819, on the south side of Plymouth Road, between their houses; recently filled with earth and closed up, with some fourteen or more bodies deposited therein, to wit:

 

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