I visited Scotland Cemetery in Bridgewater, Massachusetts some seven years on a nice day in May. it's the resting place for many of my Keith and Fobes relatives, branches of my family that I am jst starting to explore. It's a long narrow strip of land but with just one dirt road that was rutted and which scraped the bottom of my car. Getting into it and out onto busy Pleasant st. was a bit harrowing, too. But it was worth it.
Another photo from my 20111 visit to the Marshfield Hills Cemetery in Marshfield, Ma.
It's another family plot for members of the Tilden family, so these are more distant cousins. I'm
descended from Nathaniel Tilden, my 9x great grandfather. His son Stephen (my 8x great
grandfather) lived in Marshfield with his wife Hannah Little, who he married there in 1661.
The family name is easily visible at the bottom of the monument...
...but the names of the family members are weathered and difficult to read.
REV. GEORGE LEONARD,
REV. ELIJAH LEONARD.
Born in Marshfield May 26, 1801.
Harvard University 1823.
Ordained vat Marshfield 1836.
Pastor of Second Congregational
Society for 25 years.
Died July 9, 1881.
A faithful and beloved minister.
A preacher direct and sincere in speech.
An affectionate husband, a kind father.
An honored and trusted citizen.
His memory will be a legacy of honor
and inspiration to the community. "Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord."
Died Nov.21, 1884.
Aged 78 years. "Her children shall arise up and call her blessed."
Charlotte's full name is Charlotte Emmeline (Washburn) Leonard. It turns out she is a distant cousin
through my Edson, Fobes, and Packard family lines. I didn't know we were related until just now as
I wrote this blog entry.
Despite the great esteem Rev. George Leonard was held in at the time of his death in 1881, when I
visited the Marshfield Hills Cemetery in 2011, the Leonard family plot was overrun by weeds and
I'll have to go back to the cemetery this summer to see what condition the plot is in now.
For this week I'm returning to one of my favorite cemeteries, Cohasset Central Cemetery.
This family monument caught my eye:
It's a memorial to Phineas Pratt and some of his descendants. Here's a closer view
of the inscription:
And my transcription: This stone erected to the memory of the Pratt family by their descendants. Phineas Pratt came over from England with the Weston Colony in 1622, and first settled at Weymouth. The Indians threatening to destroy the colonies, he traveled in the then wilderness with the Indians threatening to destroy him. He died at Charlestown April 19, 1680, aged 90 years, and had a tombstone yet to be seen. One of his sons, Aaron, settled in this place, and died in 1735 aged 81 years. Aaron his son died in 1767 aged 77 years. Thomas, son of Aaron 2 died 1818 aged 85 years. Sarah his wife died 1806 aged 62 years. It is hoped and believed that their memory will be handed down to the latest generations and that when this stone has crumbled to dust, that our descendants will erect another more durable. __________________ Time and weather having erased the inscription on the reverse of this stone, the descendants of Phineas Pratt have placed here this more durable legend, as the original charged us to do.
AD 2000 ___________________ Underlines mark correction to original text
The story about Phineas Pratt can be found in many books on Plimouth Plantation.
Because I live in Abington, just south of Weymouth, I've also seen it mentioned in
a book about the history of Abington.
I think it's great that the family descendants added a more lasting copy of the inscription
as their ancestors wished.
The Old Burial Ground is located in Kingston, Ma., the town just north of Plymouth. It's located
behind the First Congregationalist Church on Route 106 and has some very interesting headstones.
Some of them have quite a bit of information about the people buried there. Here's one for a gentleman named Uriah Bartlett:
The stone reads: In Memory of URIAH BARTLETT Born July 23, 1789, Died August 2, 1883, in his 95th year. He served in the War of 1812 and was a representative in the General Court in 1813 and 1815. As a boy he had talked with the venerable Ebenezer Cobb of this town who was born in 1694 and died in 1801, and who in his own boyhood had known Peregrine White who was born on the MAYFLOWER in 1620 and died in 1704. ________ "Thou shall go to thy fathers in peace, thou shall be buried in a grand old age." Genesis XV., 15.
It's amazing to think that a man who died in 1883 had spoken with a man who had known
Mayflower baby Peregrine White!
It's 2016 and like every New Year of the past few years I've made a resolution to write more
posts for this blog. If you look at the total posts for each year over on the right hand side of
the screen its obvious I haven't kept that resolution. To be honest this blog has always taken a
backseat to my genealogy blog, and that won't change this year. But I'm adopting a new strategy
to help me do better here.
Two years ago Amy Johnson Crow of the No Story Too Small geneablog started the 52 Ancestors
in 52 Weeks Challenge and it has been a big help in keeping me writing and researching. So I thought the same method might help me here, a sort of "52 Gravestones in 52 Weeks".
I live in Southeastern Massachusetts in Plymouth County, and the cemeteries here have gravestones
that tell interesting stories of Pilgrims, Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans, and sea captains who died far from home. I should have plenty of material for those 52 weeks.
Now all I have to do is write those 52 (or more) posts.