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Old Burying Ground

Transcribed by Thomas Keegan
March, 2007


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Located on the southern side of Church Street, this irregular, almost triangular shaped burial ground is approximately 700' in length along the front edge that borders Church Street. When facing the burial ground, the far left (eastern) side is approximately 250' deep. The back edge of this yard meanders its way back to the front right (NW) corner of the yard. In this corner, there are 4 concrete posts marking an area of approximate 20' x 40' and a 5th post where an iron gate hangs between it and one of these corner posts. This area is seemingly out of place now and without function, but may have at one time been the main entrance to the yard. The entire front edge of this burial ground along Church Street is bordered by an iron fence from corner to corner with a gate that is now the main entrance, approximately in the middle of the yard.

The left and right sides of this burial ground abut the properties of private residences and the back is bordered by a wooded area. This burial ground is mostly cleared grassy grounds, however there are a few trees in the front and left area of the grounds.

Inside the gate in the center, a stone-paved walk leads the visitor approximately 75' back from the street to 3 stone memorials, one large memorial in the center flanked by two smaller ones. Not far behind these memorials is a tall flagpole flying the American Flag. The tall memorial in the center has two smaller American Flags in the ground on either side of it as well as a patriotic wreath lying on the ground. The two smaller memorials on either side each have an American Flag in place in the ground beside them.

The tall monument in the center has the following engravings on its face towards the street:

DEDICATED
TO ALL VETERANS
WHO SERVED IN THE
DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY
IN WORLD WAR II
*        *        *

THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
THAT WE MIGHT LIVE


PATRICK F. SHEA, JR.
OLIVER A. PARKER
FRANK W. HEWITT
ANTHONY J. PONTES
ROBERT E. HAGLUND
JOHN TEIXEIRA
ALBERT E. HAM
STANLEY H. SMITH
EVAN T. SHARPE
ROBERT E. CHISHOLM
PAUL E. FARRELL
BRIAN L. NOLAN
ANTHONY F. SOUZA
ROBERT F. FERNANDEZ
WILLIAM BISSET

ERECTED BY THE
TOWNSPEOPLE OF EASTON
MAY 30, 1953

KOREAN CONFLICT
ROBERT F. THOMPSON

The smaller memorial to the left has a bronze plaque mounted on it with the following memorial message:

WORLD WAR I

THE FOLLOWING MEN MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE SO THAT
WE MAY LIVE IN PEACE

OLIVER AMES, JR
WINFIELD S. KNOWLES
GEORGE F. SCHINDLER
GEORGE S. SHEPARD
CHESTER R. SMITH
JEREMIAH F. SULLIVAN
LAWRENCE H. SWIFT
GEORGE P. WORKMAN

The memorial to the right has a bronze plaque mounted on it with the following memorial message:

THIS MONUMENT IS DEDICATED
TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF EASTON
WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR
AND TO THE FOLLOWING WHO PAID
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE

LT. KENNETH W. SCULLY
JUNE 30, 1944-MAY 26, 1970
DIED IN HAU MY VILLAGE CAI DING TUONG PROVINCE


PFC. ROBERT J. TODD
MAY 25, 1948-MAY 9. 1967
DIED IN HOUNG NOA


PFC. EDWARD F. SMITH
APRIL 4, 1947-FEBRUARY 4, 1967
DIED IN CHEN LI
INTERRED IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

About 100' to the west of these memorials are 7 headstones all of the 3-lobe style and 5 smaller stones to the east of the headstones. Three of these smaller stones are clearly footstones and the remaining two may be as well, but it cannot be determined for sure.

All stone faces are oriented east-west and all inscriptions are on the west faces of the stones, including the footstones. As the observer looks towards the east, the first headstone from left to right is in the best condition of all stones here and has the following inscription:

In Memory of
Elizabeth Guild.
wife of Doctr
Samuel Guild.
who died Augt 20th
1784 in Ye 36th year
of her Age.
Life in Death, the
Sweetest Rest.

Also, running up the left side of the stone face of this stone is the following inscription:

The Babe from harm, sleeps on her arm.

Also note that the medial "s" is used quite a bit on the stones in this yard, being used 4 times in the above stone. Also note that where "Ye" appears on the stones in this yard, the "e" is inscribed immediately above the "Y" and within the fork. Neither of these features are depicted in the font of these transcriptions, but is noted for the reader's benefit.

The second headstone is cracked horizontally and upward from left to right across the stone, with evidence of a past repair. This stone is tilted considerably towards the north and contains the following inscription:

In Memory of,
Mr Andrew Patrick,
who Died
octr 30th 1796
26 Years

"of his Age" probably follows and quite possibly a verse could follow that, but any additional engravings, if they remain, are thoroughly buried.

The third headstone has an American Veterans Flag in the ground beside it, the stone's lobes are well worn and broken in places and the inscription follows:

Here lies
Mr. Laban Fobes who
Died April 7 1797
in the 98th Year of
[his] a[g]e

If more engravings remain on this stone, they are thoroughly buried underground.

The fourth stone's lobes are also well worn and broken in places and has the following inscription:

[H]ere lies

Miss, Sarah Foard
who died Aug, 13 1794.
in the 43 Year of her age.
Sister to Benjamin Fobes

wife

Any additional engravings that might remain are thoroughly buried underground. It is interesting to note that the transcriber observed in the upper left corner of the face of this stone, what appears to be a hand-carved date, "1833". It seems unlikely that we will ever know the reason for this, and it's entirely possible it is simply the work of a vandal, possibly even having been done in more recent years and with no meaning at all. But it is interesting to wonder why this is there and whether it has any meaning to the memory of Miss Sarah Foard.

The fifth stone in this row of headstones has an American Veteran's Flag in the ground and like the previous two, has lobes that are well worn and broken, but the inscription has survived:

In Memory of.
Mr Joseph
Crosman Juor.
he died Febry
Yee 9th 1775.
in Ye 60th year
of his
Age.

The inscription on the sixth headstone follows:

In Memory of
Elder Joseph
Crosman, who
died March Ye
17th 1775. in Ye
87th year of
his Age.

The seventh and last headstone in this row is well worn, cracked and the bottom half of the stone, if it remains, is well buried. It also has an American Veteran's flag in the ground. All that is visible of the inscription follows:

In Memory
of Mr William
Barclay who

The smaller stones are just behind the headstones (six feet or so to the east) and from left to right are as follows:

The first is apparently the footstone for Mr. Fobes and has the following inscription:

Mr. L. F

The second small stone in this row could be a footstone, but only a small piece of the stone remains, with no visible engravings remaining. Also, with an American Veteran's in place by it, it leads one to believe that it is possible this is a separate headstone.

The third is also possibly a footstone, but only two small pieces of stone remain. And although there is evidence of a decorative engraving on the stone, no characters or numerals are discernible.

The fourth is apparently Mr. Crosman's footstone, with the following inscription:

Joseph
Crosman
1775

The fifth and final stone is a small 3-lobed well worn footstone for Mr. Barclay:

William
Barclay

There is one final stone to speak of in this burial ground that may or may not even be a memorial stone. Just inside the front fence, about 15' to the left of the main gate, a fairly flat-faced stone with a rounded top sits here in the ground. It is not a finished headstone and no engravings are visible, but one wonders, was this a memorial stone that was placed for someone at one time? It's hard to say.





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