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[Transcribed by Dale H. Cook]
Several gravestones have inscriptions for two or more persons, making thirty-four extra names; so that the whole number of epitaphs in this ground is about 600.
This ground has a bank wall next to Central street and upon the southeast side, from said street back to the hearse-house, next to the town-house land, with a deciduous hedge on top of said bank wall. There is a very handsome hedge of arbor vitæ on the northwest side, next to Mr. Sheldon's land, and a poor fence, or no fence at all, on the northeast side, and on the balance of the southeast side next to the Orr land.
There is an iron gate of some five feet wide next to said street, not far from the middle of the ground, and a wide carriage entrance at the northwest corner of the yard, with a drive-way through this yard to the East Bridgewater cemetery, lying some ten or fifteen rods northeasterly from this ground.
This yard is divided into five sections, numbered alphabetically from A to E, according to the heavy, black lines as seen on the plan. The lines between the sections are parallel, about fifty feet apart, and run northwesterly, at right angles with the southeast side of the premises.
We begin to number stones 1, 2, 3, etc., in the southeast corner of Section A, and going northwesterly to the end of this section, and then return in the same section to No. 158, near the Whitman enclosure. We then begin with No. 159, near the southeast corner of Section B, and go northwesterly to No. 293, in the northwest corner of Section B. We then begin with No. 294, near by, in the southwesterly end of Section C, and go southeasterly to No. 432, in the northeasterly corner of Section C. We then begin with No. 433, near by, in the southeasterly corner of Section D, and go northwesterly to No. 540, in the northwest corner of Section D. We then begin with No. 541, near by in the southwest end of Section E, and go southeasterly to No. 581, in the southeast end of Section E.
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