Center Cemetery, Holden

The center of Holden, Mass., contains several choice cemeteries. The small Center Cemetery contains the graves of many widows and officers who served in the “War of 1776.” It’s here that I saw the first revolutionary name: Washington. The gravestones here are in pretty good shape and have some of the best engravings I’ve yet seen. (I really should bring the wee digital camera on these excursions.)

One of the headstones referenced the town of “Midway,” which I had never heard of. It’s possible that they meant Medway — in rural areas misspellings were uncommon but not rare — but over 27 miles separate Holden and Medway as the crow flies. Neither Google nor the Commonwealth’s Secretary of State helped me here. If you know this place, let me know. [1]

Mrs. Betsey Hubbard (♀ – †1822 Æ 32)

As you are now so once was I,
   Rejoicing in my bloom;
As I am now you soon must be
   Dissolving in your tomb.


In Memory of John & James, sons of William & Lucretia Dodd
who died Sept. 18, 1813, both buried in one coffin.
John Æ 2 years & 7 mos, James Æ 9 mos.


Mary, daughter of Samuel & Keziah Damman, Died Aug. 26, 1813, Æ 7 months
“The hand of death, this bud hath nipt, we hope to see it bloom in heaven.

The Dammans had three children who died within 14 months.

Rev. Jos. Davis †1799
“He was the man of Science and a zealous, pungent Preacher.”

  • Olid Combs (♂ – †1813 Æ 14)
  • Widow Persis Mirick (♀ – †1810 Æ 70)
  • Boaz Mirick (♂ – †1809 Æ 27)
  • Col. William Dodd (♂ – †1818 Æ 36)
  • Elmira Nye (♀ – †1825 Æ 20)
  • Amazonia Hubbard (♀ – †1810 Æ 7)
  • Angelinia Hubbard (♀ – †1808 Æ 2)
  • Roxy Flagg (♀ – †1822 Æ 21)
  • Jannat Thompson (♂ – †1744 Æ 77)
  • Mr. Salmon Patridge (♂ – †1827 Æ 35)
  • Nahum Fisk (♂ – †1803 Æ 41)
  • Elnathan Davis (♂ – †1804 Æ 43)
  • Jerusha Chaffin (†1821 Æ 42)
  • Mrs. Abigail Howard, “Relict of Mr. Benja.n Howard” (†1802 Æ 87)
  • Liesy Estabrook (♀ – †1778 Æ 17 mos.)
  • Alpheus Heywood (♂ – †1801 Æ 37)

Update – 5 August 2007: [1] – Yesterday, one of Lisa’s cohort in her choir said that Medway was in fact “Midway” because of its relationship to Medfield and some other town that I didn’t overhear. The mystery is solved yet strangely continues.

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