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     Collecting information about the cemeteries of Rehoboth 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. When the location of a cemetery is known there are links to maps to help you find it, as well as a brief description of the location. Below these paragraphs is a locator map of the town - place the mouse cursor over a sector to highlight it, and click to bring up a sector map showing the cemetery locations in that part of the town. At the bottom of the page is a seperate section listing all published, manuscript and online 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 indicates 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 have 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.

     One online resource is extremely useful to those working with Rehoboth cemeteries. It is the listing of "Historical Cemeteries of Present Day Rehoboth" at the Old Rehoboth site, with individual pages containing information about each cemetery. I would like to thank Ray Viau for providing that resource, and for his help and his permission to use his cemetery photographs on this site.

     I would like to thank John Sterling and Cherry Bamberg for sharing the Bristol Cemeteries Database of Bristol County gravestone records. Most of the information in the notes for each cemetery has been drawn from that database and from Cherry's files that were used to compile the database.


 

Abel F. Pearce Family Yard (1821)
10 Lorson Ln., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE017


Photograph from the cemeteries pages of Old Rehoboth and used with the permission of Ray Viau
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Transcriptions in Calef & Carter and Trim
Abstracts at Find A Grave

Location:   West side of Lorson Ln. (an old part of Moulton St.), near Moulton St.

Note:   In 1936 Calef and Carter recorded four stones here from 1821 to 1881. They gave the location as just south of Terrydiddle on the west side of the street. The little burial ground was then neglected. See also Trim, p. 186.


Ariel Horton Cemetery (1846)
Pleasant St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE040


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Transcriptions in Trim

Location:   East side of Pleasant St., north of the Pleasant St. School.

Note:   See Trim, p. 442.


Arikim Pearce Family Lot (1748)
Chestnut St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE050


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Transcriptions in Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   East side of Chestnut St. on the Arikim Pearce Homestead.

Note:   In 1936 Calef and Carter recorded 22 burials from 1748 to 1876, in what was then a well-kept cemetery on both sides of Chestnut St. The burial ground was then in the rear of a farm about a mile north of Horton Signal. Trim (p. 187) later noted that the lot could not be seen from the highway. The graves included two mid-18th century burials and the rest were from the 19th century.


Bliss Burying Ground (1835)
Agricultural Ave., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE002


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Transcriptions in Salisbury, Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   East side of Agricultural Ave., south of Bliss Brook.

Note:   A 30' x 30' burying ground with a stone wall, and burials dating from 1835. In 1918 George Tilton (p. 301) described this as a "small, unkept lot," provided seven names and mentioned other graves for children. Calef and Carter found seven stones in 1936 (p. 34). They described the location as "on a knoll on the east side of the road between two small brooks." It was then overgrown and not easily seen from the road, especially since the road had been lowered in front of it by six to eight feet. Susan Salisbury, recording in the 1990s, found only four stones. See also Trim, p. 13.


Bosworth Cemetery (1803)
Hornbine Rd., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE049


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Transcriptions in Salisbury, Benns, Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   East side of Hornbine Rd., about ½ mile north of the Hornbine Church and Baker St.

Note:   This cemetery should not be confused with the Bosworth Family Lot. In 1918 George Tilton described this lot as a small family burying ground with a neglected appearance, not a good match with the larger numbers found by later transcribers. Charles and Martha Benns recorded 38 stones in the 1930s, Calef and Carter recorded 42 in 1936, and Susan Salisbury found 50, not all identical, in 1995. The Benns believed this cemetery was in the Hortonville neighborhood in Swansea. Calef and Carter described the location as "on the east side of the road leading north from the Hornbine Church and less than ½ mile from it." They found part of the lot maintained, the rest "utterly neglected." The burials, dating from 1803 to 1899, include many veterans. See also Trim, p. 14.


Bosworth Family Lot (1820)
Purchase St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE024


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Transcriptions in Trim

Location:   On the west side of Purchase St. just south of Nathan Pierce Family Lot and about 500 feet from the street, behind a sheep pasture. See the Old Rehoboth page for this cemetery for more information.

Note:   This cemetery should not be confused with the Bosworth Cemetery. This little cemetery now has two stones, dated 1820 and 1842, and several field stones. In 1936 Calef and Carter described it as on the same side of the road as the Nathan Pierce Family Lot, just south of it. It was then behind a set of buildings in the corner of an orchard. It was then neglected. See also Trim, p. 19.


Brook Street Lot
Brook St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE029


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Location:   Southeast side of Brook St. across from the entrance to the Hix Cemetery. It is behind a house and stables.

Note:   Contains only field stones, so it is probably either a very old yard or a cemetery for slaves. There is no record of the burials here.


Buffington Family Lot (1838)
Cameron Way., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE042


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Transcriptions in Calef and Carter and Trim

Location:   Corner of Cameron Way and Tiger Lily Trail.

Note:   In 1936 the lot had a stone wall and six stones dated from 1838 to 1893. Trim (p. 77a) thought it may have been moved from Swansea. In 1936 Calef and Carter thought the opposite: "This is on the place now owned by J. H. Buffinton and is his old family burial place. The early ones have been removed to a lot in Swansea, leaving only the ones nearest related to him." They gave the following directions: "Go east from Burial Place Hill to end, north and east again almost to the four corners. The house is in the woods of the SE corner and about 900' from it. The yard is in the rear of the house..." They copied inscriptions for John and Ann Buffington and their four sons. There are now no identifiable markers and the graves may have been moved.


Burial Place Hill (1716)
Peckham St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE033
MACRIS designation REH.806


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Transcriptions in Salisbury, Benns, Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   Northeast corner of the intersection of Peckham and Providence Sts.

Note:   This cemetery is owned by the Town of Rehoboth, and is in excellent condition, although some stones are illegible due to age. Its frontage is about 200 feet, and the 313 burials are dated from 1716 to 1897. In 1918 George Tilton described this site (pp. 284-287). Frank Calef and Marion Pearce Carter did a very large transcription in the mid-1930s. Seven names were transcribed in the 1930s by Charles and Martha Benns, p. 77. Susan Salisbury recorded this cemetery in 1995. See also Trim, p. 78.

   See the "Providence Journal-Bulletin" of 03-Jul-1977 for an article by Larry Brunell entitled "Old Stonecutter had a way with words." Brunell described the stone of Lt. Gov. Simeon Martin, d. 1819, which has a 405 word epitaph, the longest in America according to Ripley's "Believe It or Not." Trim prepared a Form E for the Massachusetts Historical Commission with a photo of the stone and a note that this cemetery was started about 1700 by the "baptist element" of Rehoboth. Some members of the First Baptist Church, begun in 1665, are buried here.


Capt. Israel Nichols Lot (1800)
172 Moulton St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE019


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Location:   West side of Moulton St. south of Emmaus Rd.

Note:   Contains two burials from 1800 and 1811, respectively those of Capt. Nichols and his wife Rhobe. Capt. Nichols was not buried in the nearby family cemetery because he died of smallpox. See Trim, p. 445.


Capt. Mial Pierce Lot (1770)
[Esek Pierce Yard]

Hornbine Rd., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE047


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Location:   East side of Hornbine Rd. between Baker and Spring Sts., well off Hornbine behind two fenced pastures.

Note:   Contains 18 stones dated from 1770 to 1878 with a stone fence. In 1918 George Tilton described this lot as the "ancient burying-ground" on the Alfred C. Case farm, near the Hornbine Church (p. 296). He called it the Esek Pierce Cemetery. In 1936 Calef and Carter called this the Capt. Mial Pierce Lot and described it as halfway between the Hornbine Church and the next corner south of it, perhaps 800' from the road. It was then neglected. See also Trim, p. 195.


Carruthers Lot (1834)
Providence St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE035


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Location:   About 200 feet north of Providence St. and about 300 feet east of Wood St.

Note:   Seven burials from 1834 to 1855 contain no Carruthers, but hold mainly mid-19th century relatives of the Elias West family. One description says that it is equidistant from Wood St., and one says that it is about 300 feet from Providence St. Calef and Carter transcribed this lot in 1936, describing it as then neglected. Their directions: "located on Providence St., east of Burial Place Hill, about ½ mile is a lane turning south at right angles. The lot is in the rear of the house opposite the end of the lane...about 400' north ... in the open level lot." In 2007 it held three markers, one of them illegible. See also Trim, p. 118.


Case Family Lot (1777)
Baker St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE048


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Transcriptions in Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   North side of Baker St. near Purchase St., well off the street adjacent to Souza Farm.

Note:   Trim, p.119, described it as "somewhat off highway, may be hidden by foliage in warm months." Calef and Carter are more specific: "Turn east from Hornbine Church until the road bears southeast, then east (turns not crossroads). This lot is in the edge of the wood about 800' north of this second turn." In 1936 they copied seven Case family stones.


Cole Brook Cemetery (1774)
[Baker Cemetery]

Spring St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE043


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Transcriptions in Salisbury, Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   North side of Spring St., about 200 feet west of Cole Brook.

Note:   In 1918 George Tilton (pp. 287-291) described this as the older part of a larger cemetery. Calef and Carter called it the Cole Brook Cemetery in 1936, while Susan Salisbury called it the Baker Cemetery in 1995. See also Trim, pp. 1-12. The 170 burials (130 gravestones, 40 field stones) from 1784 to 1960 include many veterans, and the cemetery is in good condition.


Eneas Round Yard (1848)
Anawan St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE004


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Location:   East side of Anawan St. between Peck St. and Billings Rd.

Note:   This lot of about 100 by 100 feet, with a stone wall, has three burials dated from 1848 to 1866. In 1918 George Tilton called this a small family graveyard with a tomb built by Eneas Round in 1848, shortly before his death. His widow Mary and daughter Olive were buried beside him in 1866. Calef and Carter recorded three names in 1936, but Trim found only two in 1967. They were still there when Susan Salisbury recorded it in 1995. Calef and Carter described the location as "on the east side of Anawan St. about ½ mile south of the Stevens Corner cemetery." See also Trim, p. 211.


Goff and Wheeler Yard (1786)
Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE009


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Transcriptions in Salisbury and Trim
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Location:   South side of Bay State Rd., west of Moulton St. and opposite the first Town House.

Note:   In 1918 George Tilton called this "an old, neglected yard," and provided some names (pp. 302-303). It is now well-kept. See also Trim, p. 120.


Greenwood Cemetery (ca. 1860)
[Oak Swamp Yard]

Plain St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE026


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Transcriptions in Salisbury, Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   West side of Plain St. south of Brook St.

Note:   Begun about 1860, this cemetery is still in use, and has some older stones moved from other cemeteries including the Kelton Family Yard. In 1918 George Tilton noted it (pp. 298-299). In 1936 Calef and Carter recorded it, describing it as well-kept with recent graves. Next to it was the meeting house of of the Oak Swamp Baptist Society, or First Christian Church. See also Trim, p. 161.


Hiram Drown Lot
Pine St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE007


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Location:   Formerly located on the east side of Pine St. north of Broad St.

Note:   The exact number of burials and their locations are unknown. Segments of broken gravestones were found, and by checking cemetery records it appears that these graves were removed to the Village Cemetery in the late 1800s. The photograph shows the portion of Village Cemetery that may hold the relocated graves.


Hix Cemetery (1799)
Brook St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE027


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Transcriptions in Tilton, Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   Northwest side of Brook St. east of Pleasant St., at the end of a winding driveway.

Note:   This lot has a stone fence and burials dating from 1799 to 1915. In 1918 George Tilton described this cemetery as being on land once belonging to the the Hix homsestead, later the Samuel Baker farm, and provided a number of inscriptions (pp. 301-302). In 1936 Calef and Carter found it well maintained. They provided 48 inscriptions. They describe the location as "on the north side of the road leading west from Oak Swamp and abt. 1/3 mile from it. The lot is back from the road where the brook crosses. It is about 900 ft. from the highway." It is secluded and still well-maintained. See also Trim, p. 134.


Horton Cemetery (1825)
Spring St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE044


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Transcriptions in Benns, Calef and Carter and Trim

Location:   South side of Spring St. across from the Cole Brook Cemetery [Baker Cemetery].

Note:   Contains nine stones dated from 1825 to 1923. In 1918 George Tilton called this a small yard opposite the Cole Brook Cemetery [Baker Cemetery] and gave five names. Charles and Martha Benns included two stones from the Joshua Pierce Cemetery in their 1930s transcription (p. 82). In 1936 two of the stones were recorded by Calef and Carter as outside of the Joshua Pierce Cemetery. See also Trim, p. 148.


Ingalls Family Lot (1806)
Cedar St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE022


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Transcriptions in Trim

Location:   North side of Cedar St. about ¼ mile east of Gorham St., on a hill about 200 feet from the street

Note:   Contains two gravestones and two field stones. High on a rocky hill with a metal fence. See Trim, p. 152.


Isaac Pierce Lot (1838)
Pierce Ln., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE037


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Transcriptions in Salisbury, Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   South side of Pierce Ln. between 11 and 15, near Pleasant St.

Note:   The tomb of Isaac Pierce, d. 1849, and his wife Polly, d. 1838. One stone mounted 6 feet high on a mound of walled earth. Calef and Carter described it as a well-kept lot with a mound in the center, topped by a stone dated 1775. See also Trim, p. 197.


Isaiah Hunt Yard (1775)
Broad St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE006


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Location:   Northwest corner of the intersection of Broad and Salisbury Sts.

Note:   This steep, hilly site originally had seven burials from 1775 to 1777. In 1918 George Tilton described this lot as a small, rough enclosure for seven members of the Hunt family, including three children of Isaiah and Mary (Blake) Hunt, who died in 1777. In 1936 Calef and Carpenter copied three inscriptions, noting many mounds but only these three stones. It was then neglected and overgrown. In 1995 Susan Salisbury found only one uninscribed stone. See also Trim, p. 151.


James Gardiner Lot
Hornbine Rd., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE051


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Location:   West side of Hornbine Rd. behind 90, about 100 feet south of 90 degree turn of Hornbine.

Note:   See Trim supplement.


James Horton Yard (1849)
53 Pleasant St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE030


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Location:   East side of Pleasant St. south of Chestnut St.

Note:   Contains seven burials dated from 1849 to 1917. In 1918 George Tilton (p. 299) described a plot with fine marble slabs set apart by James Horton on his land. It was recorded by Calef and Carter in 1936 and Susan Salisbury in 1995. Shown on modern road maps. See also Trim, p. 149.


Jonathan Horton Lot (1774)
Pleasant St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE039


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Location:   East side of Pleasant St. between Davis St. and Pierce La. on private property within the Pleasant St. Christmas Tree Farm.

Note:   Contains six burials dated from 1774 to 1906. Calef and Carter described it as 700 feet directly east of the entrance to Pierce Lane, on the northeast slope of a gravel road. The surface was bare dirt in 1936, with only stone posts remaining from the original fencing. See also Trim, p. 150.


Jonathan Wheeler Cemetery (1832)
Wheeler St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE012


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Location:   East side of Wheeler St. south of Summer St.

Note:   In 1918 George Tilton described this lot as a mile or more north of the Orleans Factory on Wheeler St., in good condition (p. 300). See also Trim, p. 446.


Joseph Stillman Pierce Yard (1802)
[Terrydiddle Cemetery]

Kelton St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE016


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Location:   North side of Kelton St. west of Moulton St.

Note:   Trim, p. 198, noted that this lot was first begun "well up on the south side of Mt. Terrydiddle" before 1840, and later moved here. The 23 burials in this yard from 1802 to 1980 include members of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th generations of the family of Capt. Michael Pierce who served in King Philip's War. Calef & Carter recorded it about 1936, and Susan Salisbury about 1995. Great differences between their transcriptions indicate perhaps a great decline in legibility in the intervening years.


Joshua Pierce Cemetery (1804)
Spring St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE045


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Location:   South side of Spring St., next to the Horton Cemetery, and across from the Cole Brook Cemetery [Baker Cemetery].

Note:   Gravestones are dated from 1804 to 1920. In 1918 George Tilton described this lot as a family ground of Revolutionary War veteran Joshua Pierce, "just across the way from the Cole Brook Cemetery." In the 1930s the Benns recorded the stones for Joshua and his wife as being in the Horton Cemetery. In 1936 Calef and Carter (p. 3) recorded 17 names. Also transcribed by Susan Salisbury in the 1990s. See also Trim, p. 202. There appear to have been errors in some transcriptions - see the Old Rehoboth page for this cemetery.


Judge Haile Lot (1786)
Wood St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE032

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Transcriptions in Calef and Carter and Trim

Location:   Formerly located on the east side of Wood St., midway between Providence and Brook Sts.

Note:   Trim (p. 442) noted that the only stone found was a footstone for Hannah Haile, d. 1786, in a pile of junk covering the cellar hole of the old Haile homestead. The stone was then [1950-1962] in the possession of Annawan Historical Society. In 1936 Calef and Carter saw this stone closer to its original position. They wrote: "There is nothing left of this yard to show its location. I was told that it was directly back of the house down the bank, the cellar only remaining. Go east from Burial Place Hill to the next turn to the left. The road is almost impassible now [1936]. The cellar is about ½ way through on the east side of the road at the top of a steep bank. The only stone is removed and broken and is now lying near the cellar." See the Old Rehoboth page for this cemetery.


Kelton Family Yard
Kelton St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE018

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Location:   Formerly located near the end of Kelton St.

Note:   Burials have been removed to the Greenwood Cemetery [Oak Swamp Yard].


Lake Family Lot (1843)
Lake St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE015


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Location:   Formerly located on Lake St. in front of the Palmer's River Churchyard.

Note:   Burials (1843 to 1877) have been removed to the Village Cemetery. For the names of the Lake family members buried at this site see the Old Rehoboth page for this cemetery. The photo shows the stone commemorating the church site. In 1918 George Tilton mentioned two stones in this lot. Neither was found by Carter and Calef in 1936 when they transcribed four stones of the Richard Lake family. They noted that the lot was believed to be the site of the church yard of the Second Church of Rehoboth.


Lovel Goff Yard (1798)
Elm St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE010


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Transcriptions in Salisbury, Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   South side of Elm St. east of Moulton St.

Note:   In 1918 George Tilton estimated the size of this cemetery at an eighth of an acre, much of it covered with lilacs and lily of the valley; he mentioned a few names (p. 304). Some graves were moved from here to the Village Cemetery. In 1936 Calef and Carter described it as on Elm St. south of the Town Hall, east of the second four corners. It was on a knoll over the stone, at that time "utterly neglected." Susan Salisbury recorded some inscriptions from this lot about 1995. See also Trim, p. 125.


Medbury Lot (1825)
Pine St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE005


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Transcriptions in Salisbury, Calef and Carter and Trim
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Location:   Across from 86 Pine St., south of Homestead Ave.

Note:   In 1918 George Tilton called this "a very small yard with few graves" north of Rocky Hill, near the Willis school. Calef and Carter copied two stones in 1936 (one of them a veteran), at which time it was just north of the Medbury house. Susan Salisbury also transcribed it about 1995. See also Trim, p. 156.


Millerd Family Yard (1810)
Cedar St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE021


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Location:   Corner of Plain St. and Mikayla Dr.

Note:   This cemetery once contained as many as 12 gravestones and 12 field stones. Nine stones were recorded by Calef and Carter in 1936 (MPC), and six by Susan Salisbury in 1995. Calef and Carter describd the location as near the road on the southeast side, about ½ mile northeast from the Oak Swamp Church. On a hill, it was then overgrown with brush and trees. See also Trim, p. 157.


Munroe Family Lot
Mason St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE034


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Location:   Across the street from No. 15 Mason St. - now a part of a large horse stable.

Note:   Burials removed to the Thomas Cemetery in Swansea. No known records exist for this cemetery, but a number of Monroes / Munroes are buried at Thomas Cemetery.


Nathan Pierce Family Lot (1853)
[Arion Pearce Yard]

Purchase St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE025


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Location:   West side of Purchase St. south of Hornbine Rd.

Note:   Contains seven stones dated from 1829 to 1877. It is hidden from the road and has a stone fence. It was transcribed by Calef and Carter in 1936 and by Susan Salisbury in 1995. The differences in the two sources suggests that the stones are rapidly becoming illegible. Calef and Carter gave the following directions: "Turn east at the Hornbine Church and the next left which runs north forming the eastern boundary of the town. The yard is on a knoll on the west side of the road just south of the next corner." They described it as sadly neglected in 1936. The oldest readable stone now may be the 1853 stone of Arizikim Pearce. See Trim, p. 204.


Nichols, Cole & Moulton Yard (1798)
Moulton St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE020


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Location:   East side of Moulton St. between 173 and 179, north of Brook St.

Note:   Contains 40 burials from 1798 to 1968. In 1918 George Tilton described this one-third acre lot as being set off from the Nichols and Moulton farms, half a mile south of Mt. Terrydiddle (p. 297). The two families seem to have used separate parts of the cemetery, one Israel Nichols and his wife Rhoda even being buried across the street. Calef and Carter recorded the inscriptions about 1936. Susan Salisbury recorded this cemetery in the mid-1990s. See also Trim, p. 158..


Oak Knoll Cemetery (18th Century)
[Briggs Corner Cemetery, Conant Cemetery]

Tremont and Park Sts., North Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE001


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For records contact:   Briggs Corner Cemetery Association.

Location:   Northeast corner of Tremont and Park Sts.

Note:   This large stone-fenced cemetery straddles the Rehoboth-Attleboro line, and is owned by the Briggs Cemetery Association. Many of the people buried here lived in Attleboro. The old part was begun in the 1700s, and the new part begun in 1875. In 1918 George Tilton gave a description and partial transcription (pp. 293-295). Transcribed by Carter about 1928 and Susan Salisbury in the 1990s. See also Trim, p. 20.


Orren N. Horton Family Lot
Francis Farm Rd., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE052


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Transcriptions in Trim

Location:   West side of Francis Farm Rd. about 500 feet south of County St.

Note:   See Trim supplement.


Otis A. Martin Cemetery (1810)
Martin St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE041


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Transcriptions in Benns, Calef and Carter and Trim

Location:   South side of Martin St. east of Rocky Run.

Note:   Contains 18 burials from 1810 to 1933, with a stone fence. In 1918 George Tilton called this a small, walled yard in the Martin neighborhood of south Rehoboth. In addition to Trim (p. 154) we have the mid-1930s transcription of Charles and Martha Benns (p. 73), as well as Calef and Carter, which gives the following directions: "Go east on Providence St. to the end, then north and very shortly east again. The cemetery is on a knoll on the right, east of the brook and abt. ½ mile east of the corner."


Otis Horton Cemetery (1828)
Pleasant St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE038


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Location:   South side of Pleasant St. south of Davis St. - follow dirt road from marher on Pleasant St.

Note:   Burials dated from 1828 to 1864. Calef and Carter found five gravestones here in 1936. They gave the location as "at the extreme end of town from the end of Pierce Lane to the town line." Just after the road turns southeast the lot is to be seen between the road and a house to the south about 400 feet from the highway. Trim, p. 444, also described it as very close to the Swansea line.


Palmer's River Churchyard (1717)
Lake St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE014
MACRIS designation REH.805


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Location:   West side of Lake St. south of Winter St. The Lake Family Lot was located close to this yard, if not part of it.

Note:   This was the original site of the Second Church of Rehoboth. It is owned by the Town of Rehoboth, contains about 100 burials, and is in good condition. Trim (p. 170) numbered this lot #24. In 1918 George Tilton described it and provided numerous inscriptions (pp. 278-283). Calef and Carter found it completely overgrown in 1936, about half a mile north of the east end of Shad Factory Pond near Winter St. They recorded 56 inscriptions. Photo and Form E by Steven M. Horvath, Jr. on 20 May 1975 are at Mass. Historical Commission, Mass. Archives, Boston. Horvath noted cemetery in use 1717-1773 as burial ground for Congregational Church on this site, later town & paupers' graveyard. See Ye Meeting House at Palmers River 1759-1775: Historical Archaelogy at a Public Place, by Leslie C. Abernathy and Stephen M. Horvath, 1977, pp. 20-22.


Peck Family Yard (1736)
Summer St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE013


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Location:   On the west bank of the Palmer River almost ½ mile south of Summer St., located near the 7th hole of the Sun Valley Golf Course.

Note:   Contains 37 burials dated from 1736 to 1875. Noted by George Tilton, pp. 283-284. This lot was begun by family of Joseph Peck, 17th century settler. Calef and Carter transcribed it about 1936. They gave the location then as "Thomas Reynolds Farm, Lake St." The gravestone for Capt. Samuel Peck, d. 1736, was carved & signed by George Allen. This remarkable stone is described in AGS Guide #1: Narragansett Bay Area Graveyards, p. 13; a rubbing by Kelly & Williams appears in "Markers II," p. 8. Vincenti Luti, speaking before the Little Compton, RI Historical Society in the summer of 1998, noted that the fine footstone had shattered, not from vandalism but from natural causes. See also Trim, p. 190.


Peleg Pierce Yard (1790)
Pierce Ln., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE036


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Location:   North side at the end of Pierce Ln. on the Hidden Hollow Golf Course.

Note:   This cemetery with a stone fence has 44 stones. Carter described it as an "old, neglected lot" on a knoll 400 ft. northeast of a big, old house at the west end of Pierce Lane. In 1936 it was being rapidly overgrown. She gave the location as "east of Burial Place Hill to end of road, then south about ½ mile then west ½ mile." Trim estimated the size as about 2 acres (p. 205.)


Round Lot (1791)
Plain St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE046


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Location:   East side of Plain St. behind No. 275, a few hundred feet north of the Swansea line.

Note:   Burials are dated from 1791 to 1827. Calef and Carter give the following description: "East of the highway, directly east of the group of buildings. The burial place is beyond the clear field over the wall on a narrow strip of land bordering a ravine." They found about 40 graves marked with fieldstones and many mounds, in addition to the three inscribed stones. Trim, p. 112, found only two readable gravestones, and many unmarked field stones.


Samuel T. Wheeler Cemetery (1832)
Pleasant St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE031


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Location:   West side of Pleasant St., south of Chestnut St. and across from the James Horton Family Cemetery.

Note:   In 1918 George Tilton described this cemetery as "situated on a beautiful knoll of oaks on the opposite side of the road from the James Horton lot" on land originally belonging to the Wheeler farm (pp. 299-301). The beauty of the setting was also mentioned by Calef and Carter in 1936. They described the location as the west side of Chestnut St., about ½ mile south of Horton Signal. Inscriptions were also recorded by Susan Salisbury in 1995. See also Trim, p. 449.


Shubael, Horton & Wheeler Yard (1849)
Chestnut St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE028


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Location:   East side of Chestnut St. about ½ mile north of Brook St.

Note:   George Tilton described this walled, one-acre cemetery at "Horton's Signal" as "one of the best private burial-places" in Rehoboth (p. 295). Most of the stones were granite, and the lot was then under perpetual care. Calef and Carter recorded 41 inscriptions from 1849 to 1919 (for 33 individuals) here about 1936. The discrepancy between the number of inscriptions and the number of people arises from a family monument which lists members of the Daniel Horton family in addition to their personal gravestones. Calef and Carter described it as half a mile north of Horton Signal, about 400 feet east of the road. It was then still in good condition. See also Trim, p. 450.


Simmons Family Lot (1795)
Simmons St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE023


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Location:   Well off Simmons St. about ¼ mile south of Cedar St. at the rear corner of the Bettencourt Farm.

Note:   See Trim, p. 213.


Stevens Corner Cemetery (1759)
[Hix Cemetery]

Anawan St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE003


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Location:   East side of Anawan St., south of Tremont St.

Note:   Owned by Stevens Corner Association, and contains about 700 burials, beginning in 1759. In 1918 George Tilton noted few fine gravestones, many unmarked graves, and many uninscribed stones. He restricted his notes to veterans and prominent names (pp. 291-293). Transcribed by Calef and Carter (pp. 20-34). 313 stones were recorded by Susan Salisbury about 1995. This burial ground in northern Rehoboth may be confused by its name with another Hix Cemetery in southern Rehoboth. See also Trim, p. 214.


Tamerline Wheeler Horton Lot
Summer St., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE011

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Note:   All burials are believed to have been removed to the Village Cemetery, but only three are identified, and the exact location of this cemetery is now unknown. See Trim, p. 454. Trim said that some stones from this lot were found in 1958 supporting a propane tank. For the names on those stones see the Old Rehoboth page for this cemetery.


Village Cemetery (1773)
Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, MA
Abbreviated in the Bristol Cemeteries Database as RE008
MACRIS designation REH.807


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Location:   South corner of the intersection of Bay State Rd. and Pond St.

Note:   The large cemetery also holds burials removed from other cemeteries. Some of the burials relocated here may include those from the Hiram Drown Lot, the Kelton Family Yard, the Lake Family Lot, the Lovel Goff Yard, and the Tamerline Wheeler Horton Lot . Village Cemetery was begun as the churchyard of the second meeting house in 1773, and was enlarged in 1866 and 1913. In 1918 George Tilton described this as a central, well-kept cemetery in which most local burials were then made and to which many graves had been moved, and estimated the number of graves as 2,000. He cited lists of veterans both in the Revolution and in the Civil War made by Frank W. Cole. Names already recorded in the database have been so marked, but users may want to consult Tilton's book for other names of veterans who may have been buried without a stone (p. 277). Susan Salisbury transcribed over 800 inscriptions in the mid-1990s. See also Trim, p. 289.





Cemetery Transcriptions


The Bristol Cemeteries Database Project currently contains some 27,000 Bristol County gravestone inscriptions collected by volunteers using the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) Gravestone Database Standard Program. Records are first entered from published sources and manuscripts. Those records are then verified and corrected by trained volunteers during field visits, and additional information about those gravestones and their cemeteries is added. This project is still in its earliest stages. I am currently working on putting this database online. Volunteers are needed to enter records found in books, libraries, and historical and genealogical societies. Additional volunteers are needed who will receive training in AGS methods and standards for transcriptions, and who will then correct and update the database during cemetery visits. This project is being undertaken in accordance with AGS standards in order to create a complete and accurate record of Bristol County gravestone inscriptions for future researchers and historians. If you would like to volunteer for this project please send me email.

Marion Pearce Carter, Cemetery Records, Attleboro-Rehoboth, Mass.: Burial Hill and Conant Burying Ground, alias Briggs Corner Cemetery, alias Oak Knoll Cemetery (Attleboro MA: The Author, 1928).

Susan F. Salisbury, Southern Massachusetts Cemetery Collection — Volume 2 (Bowie MD: Heritage Books, 1996).

George H. Tilton, A History of Rehoboth Massachusetts: Its History for 275 Years 1643-1918 (Boston: The Author, 1918), contains some gravestone information, but is most useful for its historic information on, and descriptions of, the Rehoboth cemeteries.

Charles and Martha Benns, Rhode Island Gravestones, undated 1930s manuscript in the East Greenwich Free Library, East Greenwich, RI.

Frank Calef and Marion Pearce Carter, Rehoboth Mass. Cemetery Records, manuscript, 45 pp. (1936) at the Attleboro Public Library (974.48 R34C). Calef's ca. 1932 transcriptions can be found at the Rhode Island Historical Society and at the Elmwood Branch of the Knight Memorial Library, both in Providence, but Carter's checked and typed version of 1936 is found only at Attleboro.

Robert Sheldon Trim, Rehoboth Gravestone Records, manuscript in the Trim Room at the Blanding Public Library in Rehoboth. Copies are at the office of the Rehoboth Town Clerk, NEHGS, the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence, and the library of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth. Note that Cherry Bamberg, a principal researcher in the compilation of the Bristol Cemeteries Database, found omissions and discrepancies that gave her concern about the general quality of Trip's work.

 

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