North Purchase Cemetery, Milford


Earlier in June, I finally got around to visiting a burying ground in Milford, the town where I live. Lisa came along; it’s always enjoyable having someone else point out the things I miss as I gawk at names. Milford has more ethnic and economic diversity than most of the neighboring communities, and the names reflect that fact. Around the turn of the century the house of Usher (John, Susan, Olivia, Walter, Byron, Alvin, and Agness) gave way to names like Kapatoes, Charzenski, Volz, MacFarlane, Thiebault, and Lucier.

This cemetery is still active, which makes me wonder: Who decides who can be buried in a two hundred year-old cemetery?

  • Sturtevant — Father, Mother, Leon
  • Gustaf Carlson (♂ – 1895-1984)
  • Triphena Madden (♀ – †1810 Æ21)
  • Parna Hancock (♀ – †1869 Æ62)
  • Howland Tyler (♂ – †1872 Æ32)
  • Eliphalet Bailey (♂)
  • Cortes Cheney (♂ – †1869 Æ37)
  • Perl LeRoy Sorty (♂ – 1883-1919)
  • Laurensine Larson (♀ – 1862-1922)
  • Rufus Cheney (♂ – †1872 Æ71)
  • His first wife: Cynthia Alexander (†1825 Æ21)
  • His second wife: Ruth Staples (†1845 Æ39)
  • His third wife: Lucretia Burr (†1883 Æ73)
  • Floyd A. Nezgoda (♂ – 1926-2000) & “His Sexy Wife” Janet F. Drobnica (1924- )
  • Oremandel Quimby (♂ – 1832-1921) 19th Unattached Mass. Infantry
  • Joliaett Cushman (1846-1900)
  • Liberatore Schiappucci (♂ – 1916-1997)
  • Kusta Anderson (♂ – 1869-1943)
  • Hiram Miller (♂ – 1837-1920)
  • Margaret Miller (♀ – 1843-1917)
  • Lillian Mabel Miller (♀ – 1872-1872)
  • Cora Maud Miller (♀ – 1876-1877)
  • Emeline Bertha Miller (♀ – 1873-1877)
  • Ida May Miller (♀ – 1866-1877)
  • Baby Miller (♀ – 1881-1881)
  • Susie T. Miller (♀ – 1870-1918)

Update – 5 August 2007: Lucretia Burr was Rufus Cheney’s third wife.

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4 Responses to North Purchase Cemetery, Milford

  1. Marie says:

    Just discovered. your cemetary site. I grew up in Milford. My dad is on your list Liberatore Schiappucci.

  2. Brenda Elliott Knotts says:

    I just read this article about North Purchase Cemetery in Milford, MA. I loved reading about it! And my families names were mentioned (Kapatoes and Volz). My grandmother was Marie (Kapatoes) Volz. Her mother was Margaret Kapatoes. I don’t remember my great grandfathers first name but I do know he came straight off the boat from Greece and he did not speak a word of english. He married my great grandmother, Margaret and she became Margaret Kapatoes. They had four children, Ernest, Marie, Margaret and Helen Kapatoes. My grandmother Marie married my grandfather Walter Volz and they had four children, Walter, Richard, Vicky Lynn and Kenny. My grandmother grew up on what they called they called the Kapatoes Farm located on Silver Hill Road in Milford, MA. It was once an old inn from the 1800′s and the main house had 38 rooms (very spooky) and I was told their were even ghosts from the days when the home was an Inn! I was also told they hid slaves in the home back in the day. There were closets and you could walk into them and then there would be another closet in the closet for a total of three. Very weird, and I often wondered if what they told me was true. They told me the slaves hid in the third closet in the closet and it was big enough to hold a family of four to five. The second and third floor all had these closets. Milford also held a bicentennial reenactment
    of a war on the property in the late seventies and the whole town could attend. Faford bought the land and home in the eighties and tore it down and built homes. There was some nice history there. thank you for your article. It is still being read!

    Brenda Elliott Knotts

  3. Jeanne Elliott Perkins says:

    In regard to your question, Who gets buried in a 200 year old cemetery? People who have had family plots since the beginning. The Dale/Gleason/Wellington/Bickford/Elliott/Jenkins and soon to be Perkins when we bury my husband Dean in the fall of 2016.

    We were brought up in the cemetery as my grandfather John Bickford and father William Elliott were caretakers of the cemetery. Cleaning up for the Memorial Day services (that the kids from Purchase Street School recited their pieces and sang appropriate songs participated in at least through the 1950′s) mowing the grass and raking leaves so the cemetery always looked nice. It was never a place that was scary to the neighborhood kids. We loved riding around on our bikes and visiting the graves of our ancestors.

    Hope this answers your question. I will be visiting in the near future to prepare for the burial of my husband.

    We have all mostly moved away from the area and our old homesteads have been sold to new people, but whenever we are in the area we always stop by the cemetery and reminiece about the good old days.

  4. Susan Bailey says:

    I am Susan Lee Volz, Daughter of Walter Oren Volz JR. His mother was Marie and his father was Walter. They had 4 kids, me, Daniel, Kimberly and Gary.
    Gary died in 2006 at age 38. Our family bought 1 plot from Helen and my father had Gary’s remains cremated and placed in the plot. It is right next to Grandma Marie and grandpa Walter Volz. My Dad says there is room for 9 more cremated remains in that one plot. So I guess that is how in 2006 a 38 year old Man was buried in a 200 year old Cemetery. He used to bring his small boy, Maximum Volz to the cemetery to ride his little bike and play hide and seek and to pay respect to his great grandparents. They lived in the apartments behind it. Max was never scared there. he loved it! Now he pays respects to his Daddy there, with happy memories.

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