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Norwell Cemetery Information, Photos and Transcriptions

     Collecting information about the cemeteries of Norwell is an ongoing effort, and this page will be revised as needed. If you have cemetery information or gravestone transcriptions that you would like to share please send me email.

     Where I have been able to determine it, the records repository for a cemetery is indicated. In the entries for the individual cemeteries, if one has its own web site or a portion of a web site the cemetery name provides a link to that site. When the location of a cemetery is known there are links to street and topographic maps to help you find it, as well as notes about the cemetery and a brief description of its location. Below these paragraphs is a locator map of the town showing the cemetery locations. Any gravestone transcriptions online also have links. At the bottom of the page is a separate section listing all online, published and manuscript gravestone transcriptions that I have found for these cemeteries.

     When a cemetery has had more than one name during its history the first name listed is the one by which it is usually known today, and alternative names are listed in square brackets. In some cases a cemetery has been abandoned, its burials have been removed to another cemetery, or its location has been lost. In those cases the name may indicate that it is a cemetery site, meaning that no gravestones are to be found there. The year in parenthesis next to a cemetery name is my best estimate of the year in which that cemetery was established. In some cases the year is mentioned in town records, a town history or some other source. In other cases it is the year of the oldest gravestone for which I have found a record.

     A note on the Topographic Maps: In the past I have used links to online map servers to display topographic maps. That allowed visitors to zoom and pan those maps. However, changes to those online map servers have necessitated occasional revisions to my many cemetery pages, and on more than one occasion I have had to change the server used. This has meant a great deal of work as I have about fifty cemetery pages online or under construction. A change to the server which I havr most recently used has prompted be to abandon the use of topographic map servers and to replace them with images of scanned maps. While this may not be quite as satisfactory to visitors my increasing genealogical work load has necessitated it.


 

Bowker Cemetery (1812)
Bowker St., Norwell, MA
Abbreviated in Vital Records of Scituate as G.R.17.
MACRIS designation NRW.803


Photograph used with the permission of eobfindagrave (#46779688) of Find A Grave
A high-resolution version of this photo (137k) is available.

Locator Map
Street Map
Topographic Map

Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   West side of Bowker St. south of Grove St.

Notes:   Visible markers are the Bowker monument and two headstones. Probably holds other burials and may have held a tomb.


Church Hill Cemetery (1728)
[St. Andrew's Anglican Church Graveyard]

Church St., Norwell, MA
Abbreviated in Vital Records of Scituate as G.R.15.
MACRIS designation NRW.804


Photograph used with the permission of eobfindagrave (#46779688) of Find A Grave
A high-resolution version of this photo (223k) is available.

Locator Map
Street Map
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Transcriptions in Thatcher
Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   Between Church St. and Common Ave.

Notes:   Consists of multiple sections. The section near River St. is the oldest, and was originally the Palmer family burial ground, but many shipbuilders were later buried there. The north section was the site of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church from 1731 to 1811. Referred to by Thatcher asd "Old Cemetery at Church Hill, So. Norwell."


Damon Cemeteries
Grove St., Norwell, MA
Abbreviated in Vital Records of Scituate as G.R.18.


Photograph used with the written permission of Chip5610 (#46997557) at FindaGrave
A high-resolution version of this photo (204k) is available.

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Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   Two locations on Grove St., one near Prospect St. and possibly near Damon Way, the other near the Water Department.

Notes:   Two small family cemeteries for the Damon, Brown and Northey families.


Dr. Joseph Jacobs Cemetery (1779)
[Assinippi Cemetery]

Norwell, MA

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Transcriptions in Thatcher

Location:   Exact location not determined, possibly on Jacobs Lane.

Notes:   Contains only the grave of Dr. Joseph Jacobs. Referred to by Thatcher as "Small cemetery in field at Assinippi - Norwell."


First Parish Cemetery (1725)
Main St., Norwell, MA
MACRIS designation NRW.800


Photograph used with the permission of James Burns (#46802781) of Find A Grave
A high-resolution version of this photo (204k) is available.

Locator Map
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Transcriptions in Thatcher and First Parish Cemetery
Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   South side of Main St. east of River St.

Notes:   Notable burials include those of John Cheever and Madame Cushing, widow of Massachusetts' first Chief Justice.


Jacobs-Collamore Cemetery (1896)
Jacobs Trail, Norwell, MA


Photograph used with the written permission of Chip5610 (#46997557) at FindaGrave
A high-resolution version of this photo (241k) is available.

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Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   Jacobs Trail between Wendall Ave. and Doris Ave.

Notes:   At least eight members of the Jacob and Collamore families were buried here between 1896 and 1913. No gravestones remain, but there is a commemorative marker.


Joseph Cushing Tomb
Old Oaken Bucket Rd., Norwell, MA


Photograph used with the written permission of Chip5610 (#46997557) at FindaGrave
A high-resolution version of this photo (184k) is available.

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Location:   Beside 300 Old Oaken Bucket Rd.

Notes:   Contains the tomb of Joseph Cushing, who died in 1824.


Old First Parish Cemetery (1689)
[Second Church Cemetery]

Main St., Norwell, MA
Abbreviated in Vital Records of Scituate as G.R.13.
MACRIS designation NRW.802


Photograph used with the written permission of Chip5610 (#46997557) at FindaGrave
A high-resolution version of this photo (169k) is available.

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Transcriptions in Thatcher
Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   South side of Main St. east of Bridge St.

Notes:   Located on private property, overgrown and abandoned. Referred to ny Thatcher as "Old cemetery opp. schoolhouse near Union Bridge - Scituate."


Otis Cemetery
191 Pleasant St., Norwell, MA
Abbreviated in Vital Records of Scituate as G.R.21.

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Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   North side of Pleasant St. east of Wildcat Ln.


Pinehurst Cemetery (1870)
Common Ave., Norwell, MA
MACRIS designation NRW.806


Photograph used with the permission of eobfindagrave (#46779688) of Find A Grave
A high-resolution version of this photo (147k) is available.

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Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   East side of Common Ave. across from Church Hill Cemetery.


Quaker Cemetery (1661)
Wanton Shipyard Rd., Norwell, MA
Abbreviated in Vital Records of Scituate as G.R.20.

Locator Map
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Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   Probably near the end of Wanton Shipyard Rd.

Notes:   On the bank of the North River near the location of Wanton Shipyard. Location described in Historia, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 17, as "On the South Scituate side of the North River, a mile or more above Union Bridge, in a little thicket just on the river bank." Despite some inexact descriptions of its location no evidence of the cemetery remains.


Second Church Graveyard at Wilson Hill (1644)
Main St., Norwell, MA


Photograph used with the written permission of Chip5610 (#46997557) at FindaGrave
A high-resolution version of this photo (172k) is available.

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Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   South side of Main St. east of Old Meeting House Ln. on Wilson Hill.

Notes:   No sign remains today except for a boulder commemorating the site of the Second Parish Church.


South Parish Cemetery
Norwell, MA
Abbreviated in Vital Records of Scituate as G.R.14.

Locator Map
Topographic Map

Location:   Exact location not yet determined, near intersection of Green and Pine Sts.


Stockbridge Cemetery (1700)
Mount Blue St., Norwell, MA
Abbreviated in Vital Records of Scituate as G.R.16.
MACRIS designation NRW.805


Photograph used with the permission of eobfindagrave (#46779688) of Find A Grave
A high-resolution version of this photo (115k) is available.

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Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   North side of Mount Blue St. east of School St.

Notes:   Burial ground of the Stockbridge family and allied families.


Washington Street Cemetery (1892)
Washington St., Norwell, MA
Abbreviated in Vital Records of Scituate as G.R.19.
MACRIS designation NRW.801


Photograph used with the permission of Mary Powers (#46555437) of Find A Grave
A high-resolution version of this photo (65k) is available.

Locator Map
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Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   South side of Washington St. near the Hanover line.





Cemetery Transcriptions

Charles Milton Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, MA: Middleborough Public Library, 1995). Contains over 16,000 transcriptions of gravestones up to the mid-1800s, from 214 cemeteries located in 28 Plymouth and Bristol County towns. Although this is still a useful resource, many transcription errors have been discovered, so use Thatcher with care and check it against the actual gravestones or other transcriptions.

South Shore Genealogical Society, An Index to the First Parish Cemetery of Norwell, Massachusetts (Norwell, MA: South Shore Genealogical Society, 1988.

 

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