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Oliver Howard Cemetery

Transcribed by Thomas Keegan
March, 2007


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This somewhat trapezoidal shaped burial ground is located on the southwestern side of Short Street, across from Lyman Wheelock Road. Measuring about 100' on the front (along Short Street), 75-80' on the sides and 40' along the back, this burial ground has four stone walls around the perimeter with no break for an entryway into the grounds. On the left side of the burial ground, near the center, there is a small mound of earth and pile of stones that at first sight appears to be a possible burial location, but upon further inspection, a partial breach in the stone wall on the left side near this mound leads the observer to believe it is merely the result of the stones being relocated from the wall at one time for whatever reason. Also, there are nine mature pines in the front left and along the left side of the yard, with evidence of two mature pines having been cut down in the past, with only the stumps remaining. A couple of other smaller trees are in the back left along with a lone cedar tree.

There are 11 headstones in this yard, some with footstones and all but 2 are in the right front section of the yard. The remaining 2 stones are located in the left rear section. The headstones and footstones are oriented in the SW-NE direction, with the inscriptions of the headstones on the NE face. The inscriptions for the footstones are either on the NE or SW face and is noted accordingly for each.

Starting in the front, closest to Short Street and from left to right, the first row of headstones follows:

The first headstone has an American Veteran's Flag in place and the same 1993 patriotic sticker on the face of the headstone that has been described before. This stone is cracked (and repaired) in 3 places on the left, top area of the stone. The inscription for this stone is below:

In [m]e[m]ory of

MR. MAR[ZA] HOWARD

who died March 23, 1809,
in the 27th year of his
Age.

Underneath this stone doth lie,
As much virtue as could die,
With earnest prayr they sought to God,
To wash them in Christ Jesus Blood.

Once again, the medial "s" is employed and on the above stone, it is used in 4 instances. Also the [brackets] above indicate where the characters are partially or completely obscured due to damage on the stone.

The inscription for the next headstone follows:

In memory of
MR. AMASA HOWARD
who died Jan.y 10, 1810;
in the 24th year of
his age.
                                                       [ee,
The Almighty Judge, He, sets them fr
From satan's chains of slavery;
He takes them in the arms of love,
And makes them heirs of heav'n
                                        [above.

Note that it is apparent in the above verse that the carver may not have planned well for this carving in advance, having run out of room in the first and last lines.

The next headstone in this first row is cracked in multiple places and repaired. It also has a significant amount of lichen on its face making the engravings a little difficult to decipher. The engravings for this stone follow below:

In memory of

MR. OLIVER HOWARD, Junr

who died July 5th, 1811,
in the 23d Year
of his Age.

Stop traveller as you pass by
As you are now so once was I,
As I am now, so you must be
Prepare for death and follow me.

The next headstone and the two remaining in this first row that follow, all have footstones, located to the SW. This next headstone has an American Veteran's Flag in the ground and the patriotic sticker on its face. The inscription of this headstone is below:

In memory of
MR ASAPH HOWARD
who died
December 25, 1815,
in the 34, year
of his age.

The footstone, about 8' to the SW has the following inscription on its SW face:

A        H

1815

The next headstone follows:

In memory of

M.RS CELIA HENSHAW

wife of

M.r Ebenezer Henshaw

who died May 30, 1815,
in the 20, year
of her age.

The footstone, about 8' to the SW has the following engraving on its NE face:

C          H

1815

The last headstone in this first row of stones is below:

In Memory of

MISS CELIA H. HENSHAW
Daughter of Mr. Ebenezer
& Mrs. Celia Henshaw,

who died Nov. 7, 1833.
Aged 19 years.

So Jesus slept; Gods dying son
Pass'd thro' the grave and blest the bed;
Rest here blest saint till from his throne
The morning break and pierce the shade

The footstone, about 7' to the SW, has the following inscription on the NE face:

C. H. H.

In the second row of stones, there are two headstones (in line with and to the left of the footstones just mentioned above), starting with the leftmost stone, its inscription follows:

SACRED

to the memory of

MRS. REBECCA HOWARD

wife of Mr. Oliver Howard.

who died
Aug. 17. 1825.
Aged 65 years.
            

Weep not for me my dearest frie[nd]
Prepare without delay
To meet me in a better world,
And for the Judgement day.

Note the above stone is broken in multiple places and repaired. One significant piece on the right side of the stone is now completely gone.

The footstone is about 7' to the SW is also broken and repaired in multiple places. The only inscription visible, on the SW face is below:

R        [H]

Part of the "H" above is somewhat visible, but the damage and subsequent repair on the stone obscures most of this character.

The next headstone has an American Veteran's Flag in the ground and patriotic sticker on the face of the stone and has the following inscription:

In Memory of
MR. OLIVER HOWARD
who died Dec. 27, 1835,
Aged 80 years.

Unveil thy bosom faithful tomb
Take this new treasure to thy trust;
And give these sacred relics room,
To seek a slumber in the dust.

The footstone, about 7' to the SW, has the following inscription on the SW face:

O.        H.

The next headstone is in place just about 2' directly behind (to the SW) of the above mentioned footstone. There is a lot of lichen on the face and within much of the engravings of this stone, making it somewhat difficult to decipher, however, the engravings for this headstone are below:

In memory of

MRS. RHODA ALDEN

widow of
Mr. Leonard Alden
who died
May 25, 1831,
Aged 31 years.
            

I've passed my fleeting years below,
The sickly dreams of life are fled;
Those scenes of sorrow, pains & woe,
And now I sleep among the dead.

Its footstone, about 6' to the SW has the following inscription on its NE face:

R.        A.

In the left side of the yard, closer to the rear, there are two headstones. Starting from the left, the first headstone has an American Veteran's Flag in the ground and a patriotic sticker on the stone's face and has the following inscription:

SACRED

to the memory of

MR. THOMAS HOWARD

who died
June 9, 1832.
Aged 37 years.

Kind angels watch the sleeping dust
Til Jesus comes to raise the just
Then may he wake with sweet surprise
And in his Savior's image rise

Note that the verse above was difficult to read, particularly the last line of the verse which was mostly underground. Careful and slight clearing of the earth at the base of the stone enabled the transcriber to record the entire verse above.

The footstone is about 7' to the SW and has the following inscription on its SW face:

T.        H.

The last stone in this yard is cracked horizontally, completely across the stone and has been repaired in the past. It is listing considerably towards the SW, both from the base and even further at the portion above the crack. It is still hanging on, at least for now. The inscription for this smaller stone follows below:

BENJAMIN
son of Thomas &
Delia M. Howard
died Dec 16, 1831.
Aged 4 years
& 3 months.

Sleep on dear child & take thy rest
God called thee home he thought it best.





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